A curfew has been established in the tornado-affected areas of southwest Limestone County.
Sheriff Mike Blakely made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
The curfew is in effect from dusk until dawn for everyone other than the citizens who reside in the affected areas and emergency personnel.
Highway 72 will remain open for traffic during the curfew.
Blakely said while there have been no problems regarding looting in the area, he asks for people's cooperation, reminding the public that anyone traveling in these areas is subject to being stopped and detained.
The curfew was announced during the fourth day of the recovery effort, where the focus is on cleaning up. But as some residents work to remove debris, others face an unthinkable reality: they literally have nothing.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Central Church of Christ in Athens for folks whose homes were destroyed in the storm. It has served dozens of people since Monday night.
Thursday, the shelter fed about 75 people and will house about 25 overnight. The numbers continue to decrease with each day, as folks figure out a more permanent solution. For some who have no place to go and a very uncertain future, the church's gymnasium is their temporary home.
The shelter will remain open until a handful of people are left. The Red Cross will then place a limited number of people up in a motel.
"I'm just glad to be alive," said Ricky Carney. "I can always start over. I've got my dog. I say heck with it - those things are material, they don't matter. If I have to I will get in my vehicle and live in it somewhere. But they are trying to help us here, and they have done a lot more than anybody has for me."
Less than 3,000 people remain without power in Limestone County as of Thursday, from a peak of 16,000 on Monday. Crews from 12 utility companies are diligently working to restore it.
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