Alabama school district coping with damage after tornado

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama school district is closing some of its schools this week after a tornado caused heavy damage at an elementary school, the superintendent said.

A twister that forecasters determined was an EF-2 with winds up to 120 mph devastated Brindlee Mountain Primary School at Union Grove on Saturday. Ten classrooms, the gymnasium and cafeteria were destroyed, a weather service assessment said.

Superintendent Cindy Saye Wigley, writing in a public message on Facebook, said it was fortunate students weren't in class at the time. Students and staff will have to be shifted to a middle school and high school, so all three schools will be closed this week, she said.

The Marshall County school board will meet on Monday to address the emergency and request state funding.

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