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The tornadoes that ripped through the US southeast last weekend wreaked havoc in Lee County, Alabama, killing 23 people and also cut a path of destruction at the Eufaula airport. At Wheedon Field, approximately 35 miles south of Columbus, Georgia, approximately 40 aircraft and virtually all of its buildings, including 25 hangars, were destroyed. No injuries were reported, though the Dothan Eagle reports that two firemen at the nearby station survived by ‘hunkering down’ whilst the tornado whisked through. Aerial footage reveals the intensity of the tornado, with airplane parts strewn over a wide area and a hangar collapsed on top of a HondaJet. CNN reported that one of the tornadoes that touched down in Lee County to the north had been upgraded to an EF-4 intensity, suggesting winds of up to 170 MPH. The one tornado was said to have a ground track nearly a mile wide.