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Jacksonville resident severely injured in tornado, friends say

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Damaged houses on the east side of Jacksonville as seen from Chimney Peak. An EF-3 tornado tore through Calhoun county Monday night leaving major damage in it's wake. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Friends and relatives are trying to raise money for a Jacksonville resident who was injured in Monday’s tornado.

Paul Lindsay, who lives on 2nd Avenue, was in a car in the parking lot of First Baptist Church when the storm hit, friends and relatives say. A pipe or pole struck his left arm, severing it, friends say, and Lindsay is now at UAB Hospital.

“He’s already cracking jokes,” said Lindsay’s cousin, Jacksonville resident Cassie Igou. “He said ‘Cool, can I have a hook?’”

It’s unclear why Lindsay was in the parking lot when the storm hit. Neighbor Keith Foster said Lindsay was checking on friends to make sure they were safe from the storm. Igou said her cousin doesn’t seem to have a clear memory of what happened.

“He’s kind of confused right now,” she said.

Foster said Lindsay was discovered shortly after the storm by someone in the neighborhood who was looking for his own vehicle.

Lindsay’s mother and aunt flew down from Ohio to be with him, friends and family say. Friends are seeking donations to help pay his mother’s expenses.

Donations can be made through American Legion Post 57 in Jacksonville, Foster and Igou said.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.