The impact of the April 27 tornadoes

Alabama's State Forester says the tornadoes destroyed tens of thousands of acres of trees, worth millions of dollars.

State forester Linda Casey says most of the trees are not suitable for sawing into lumber. The Alabama Forestry Commission will work with federal agencies to secure disaster aid for landowners with forest land destroyed by the tornadoes. Casey also hopes to find money to help replant trees in urban areas.

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 Alabama workers have filed for unemployment benefits because of the tornadoes that knocked them out of work.

The state Industrial Relations Director says Madison County has the most, 913 claims. Tuscaloosa County has 429.

Tom Surtees says he expects the number to continue growing over the next few days. But he expects the number to go down as more employers re-open next week.

Alabama's unemployment rate was at 9.2% in March. The May unemployment rate will reflect the impact of the tornado damage.

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