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Last updated 1:44AM ET
February 26, 2021
Touchdowns Confirmed; Storm-Related Fatality from Sunday
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Preliminary findings released Monday show at least two tornado touchdowns in north Alabama over the weekend, and authorities said a north Alabama man died when a huge tree limb was blown out of a tree and fell on his truck.

The National Weather Service said an apparent EF2 tornado touched down in Cullman County and an apparent EF1 tornado touched down in Lauderdale County Sunday.

Police say 34-year-old Daryl Sizemore of Sheffield died when a limb was blown out of a tree and fell on his truck around 10 a.m. Sunday in Tuscumbia.

Sizemore and his brother Brent were riding in the pickup to repair storm damage to Daryl Sizemore's home, which was struck by a tree that fell during a storm Saturday night. The limb hit the cab of the vehicle, killing Daryl Sizemore and injuring his brother.

The National Weather Service said winds were gusting to 40 mph at the time of the accident.

The Cullman County twister had a path about 13.3 miles long and a quarter of a mile wide, the weather service said. It destroyed several chicken houses and uprooted large trees near the town of Colony. Significant tree damage was also seen near Arkadelphia.

The weather service said the tornado in Lauderdale County touched down near a cove along the Tennessee River and moved northeast between the Wright and Rhodesville communities. It had a path that was 1.6 miles long and 250 yards wide. It caused extensive tree damage and destroyed a metal barn.

The weather service said the findings on the tornado touchdowns are preliminary and subject to change.

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