Storms damage buildings in the Wicksburg Community

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Wicksburg, Ala. (WSFA) - Thursday morning's weather left behind some damage in the wiregrass.

Officials are still deciding whether damage in the Wicksburg community was from a tornado or straight line winds.

With more severe weather ahead, officials are also gearing up for the next 48 hours.

It was a scary few moments along a stretch of Lee Boy Road in Wicksburg Thursday morning.

Severe weather left behind a trail of damage.

"We had some sheds out there blown down but right now we don't think it was a tornado," said Clark Matthews, Houston County EMA director.

Even though damage was minor, officials say they now have to get ready for round two of the severe weather, where they're expecting some heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

"We're expecting the weekend event to have around nine inches of rain, that's predicted by the national weather service, and nine inches of rain in our area, our creeks and river are kind of full," says Matthews.

The Houston County EMA is preparing their rescue teams in case rivers start flooding over the next 48 hours.

"That does cause of concern, particularly in the areas were we traditionally have flooding with heavy rainfall," explained Captain Chris Etheredge of the Dothan Fire Department.

Officials say they're expecting heavy rains through Saturday.