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Alberta area residents prep for severe weather

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Those directly impacted by a tornado nearly two years ago in west Alabama aren't taking any chances with the potential severe weather overnight.

Even though it's been almost two years since an EF-4 tornado tore through the Alberta area of Tuscaloosa, folks who live in the area and survived the storm said whenever they hear about the threat of severe weather it immediately takes them back to April 27, 2011.

Dora Brunson said with the help of Habitat for Humanity she is much more educated about severe weather. "It's not the storms whether it's how we weather the storm. Of course we get anxious, we get a little nervous and everything. Yeah, but we are better prepared for safety than we were before. I'm much more confident from the help that he community has given us."

But Edna Vaughn, who also survived the tornado, says she is not as confident. "You talk about scared because we saw it coming. And you know the Lord just blessed us to be here, but I don't know about this time," Vaughn added.

Tuscaloosa's EMA director, David Hardin, said his staff will be in full swing at the first sign of a warning in the area. "We'll continue to monitor the weather today. And coordinate with our community first responders giving them the latest information that we have."

And those in the Alberta area are hoping that there won't be any severe storm information to pass along.

Hardin said one of the hardest messages to convey to those impacted on April 27th is that the storms that happened that day were the exception and not the rule.

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