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Location - Date: PRICHARD, Ala. - Dec. 27

1. SOUNDBITE (English): David Bass, local director for Miller Transporters:

"The business next door Which has these empty storage containers that they rent out for storage, the tornado actually caught hold of those boxes and ran them across our property and into our building."

2. SOUNDBITE (English): Mayor Troy Ephriam, Prichard, Ala.:

"We had a most unfortunate event, a storm, a tornado, it just pretty much ravaged a lot of our industrial community, a lot of our business community and a lot of our residential community. At the end of the day, we realized that although the damage was significant. There was no loss of life and not serious injuries that would have caused anyone to have been taken to the hospital. we did have citizens displaced but we've been able to get them situated and back with their families for the holiday season."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley:

"As of right now we know of six tornados that we had across the state, two ef2s and that is what this one that hit in mobile and here in this area was. an ef2 has 110 mile per hour to 137 mile per hour winds.//We are working right now not only on the estimate of the massive cleanup for the cities and counties but also we have to look at the uninsured because the stafford act deals primarily with the uninsured. if you have insurance, that's not counted. so we are trying to accumulate all the damage right now and whether or not that amounts to FEMA disaster funding."

NOTE: Bites overlayed with storm damage video


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren't sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

Bentley's comments came Thursday in Prichard, where he is touring damage left by the storm. A twister left millions in damage at a trucking company the governor visited.

Bentley says the state is still compiling damage assessments from the storms, which hit multiple counties across the state. He says officials are trying to determine what sort of aid the state and local governments could receive.

Private agencies already are stepping in to help, with volunteers and groups feeding more than 1,000 people in Mobile and Pike County, two of the hardest-hit areas.