As of Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Family and friends begin the task of clean-up after a tornado hit the Harvest area around homes that had just been rebuilt after being destroyed by an F5 tornado on April 27, 2011, on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala. Massive thunderstorms, predicted by forecasters for days, threw off dozens of tornadoes as they raced Friday from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Twisters crushed blocks of homes, knocked out cellphones and landlines, ripped power lines from broken poles and tossed cars, school buses and tractor-trailers onto roads made impassable by debris.
HARVEST, Ala. — A north Alabama community is in shock after being hit twice in 10 months by tornadoes.
A killer twister struck the town of Harvest on April 27, wiping out dozens of homes. On Friday, storms slammed the same area again, damaging and destroying homes that had just been rebuilt or repaired.
Cody Stewart says he is done owning a home for a while after losing his house to tornadoes twice in such a short time. He says he plans to live in an apartment.
Another resident, Jason Kerr, now must repair a brand new garage that had been rebuilt after his home was destroyed last year. He says he dreads dealing with insurance companies once again.
Emergency management officials say one person was killed in the Tallapoosa County community of Jackson's Gap, nearly 200 miles south of Harvest.