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MO­BILE, Ala.— Mo­bile In­fir­mary Med­i­cal Cen­ter quickly re­sumed nor­mal op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing a Christ­mas Day tor­nado that caused ex­ter­nal dam­age and tem­po­rar­ily knocked out power. The 493-bed fa­cil­ity, the largest in the south­ern part of the state, re­lied on its backup gen­er­a­tor in the af­ter­math of the storm, but its power had been re­stored as of Dec. 26, said Mark Nix, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of In­fir­mary Health Sys­tem, the sys­tem that op­er­ates the med­i­cal cen­ter. No pa­tients needed to be evac­u­ated but some were moved to an­other wing, he said in an e-mailed state­ment. “The tor­nado caused sev­eral ceil­ings to par­tially col­lapse, and there was ex­te­rior dam­age to the back of the hospi­tal,” Nix said. “How­ever, no pa­tients were in­jured and pa­tient care was not im­pacted.” He added that the hospi­tal is op­er­at­ing as nor­mal “with the ex­cep­tion of cleanup and sta­bi­liza­tion.” The Christ­mas Day storm de­liv­ered a wal­lop to much of the mid­dle of the coun­try, bring­ing snow up north and sev­eral tor­na­does to the Gulf Coast be­fore charg­ing up to­ward the mid-At­lantic re­gion the day af­ter.

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