Tornado confirmed in our area, Lee County Justice Center fire

Here's what we're working on for News Leader Nine at Noon:

Tornado confirmed in our area

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado cut a 33 mile path from Notasulga, Alabama to the state line and then a 26 mile path in Georgia to Shiloh for a total length of 59 miles on Wednesday. The weather service is performing an aerial survey today to see if damage in Montgomery County is connected to the damage path near Notasulga. If that's the case, the damage path could be even longer. Wind speeds from the twister were estimated at around 125 miles per hour around Hamilton, Georgia, while winds hit about 110 miles per hour in Auburn.

Lee County Justice Center fire

A fire at the Lee County Justice Center this morning knocked out power at the complex. There were no injuries and all public safety functions, including the jail and 9-1-1 center are still up and running. All courts, however, will be closed today.

Swift Mill demolition

Demolition of the old Swift Mill in Columbus that was gutted by fire two weeks ago is underway. Crews were on the scene yesterday to assess the building-- with the actual demolition beginning this morning. Sources tell News Leader Nine crews will be in full force by Monday morning. Police are still searching for two persons of interest in the case.

We hope you will join us at noon.

Cheryl Renee