(MOBILE, Ala.) - An EF-1 tornado ripped through midtown Mobile Thursday morning. Weather officials say it stretched seven miles long and was 50 to 75 yards wide. The twister began on Michael Street near the YMCA and was on the ground for about 15 minutes. It's remarkable no one was injured, especially when see some of the damage.
On Union Street, roofs were ripped off several homes. On Orleans Street, a massive tree crashed into Betty Russell's home. It fell right where her bed is. Fortunately, she fell asleep on the couch Wednesday night and woke up to tornado sirens.
"It was a very frightening experience," said Russell.
High speed winds toppled trees, damaged cars at McConnell Automotive, and shook homes.
"I just heard a boom. Real loud and the tornado was like over my house, running over my house, and my whole house was just shaking," said Sandy Collins.
It even damaged one agency that responds when disasters like this strike. The American Red Cross.
"We're dealing with our own damage, and our own disaster, but also, we're still responsible to respond to the community as well," said Leslie Mims with the American Red Cross.