Alabama Storm Shelters See Strong Turnout

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuscaloosa, Ala. A network of community safe rooms and shelters built across Alabama has passed its biggest test yet since the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Hundreds of people filled the shelters Monday and Tuesday as forecasters issued one tornado warning after another during waves of severe storms.

In Tuscaloosa, Risha Prewitt and her family were the first people to show up at a reinforced concrete shelter. Prewitt says they didn't want to relive the terror of three years ago.

In Haleyville, Mayor Ken Sunseri says five shelters housed about 15 percent of the town's population during the worst of the weather.

The federal government set aside more than $65 million for construction of large community safe rooms in Alabama after 2011.

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