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A line of powerful thunderstorms is sweeping through West and Central Alabama bringing heavy rain and tornadic activity.
Numerous viewers are calling the WSFA 12 News room with wide scattered reports of downed trees, power outages and signs down. The Montgomery County EMA says it has activated its 311 system for none-life threatening storm issues.
EMA Director Steve Jones confirms trees and powerlines down in the Air Base Boulevard area, the Cloverdale area and Sunshine Village in the Wares Ferry Road and Lagoon Park area.
WSFA 12 News reporters on the scene at Sunshine Village say there are no injuries to report, but approximately nine trailers with damage. There are around 30 firefighters on the scene.
Alabama Power is reporting more than 16,700 customers in the Montgomery area without service.
Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram said in the county there is "minimal damage" and reported trees down near Mt. Zion Road. He added that all county roads remain open.
If you must be outside, be very vigilant of downed powerlines. DO NOT cross them or approach them regardless of whether or not they're sparking. Lines may be live regardless of not sparking.
The Alabama EMA says there is a report of a tree down on Hwy 97. There is also minor flooding on County Road 4.
The EMA office is reporting "very, very minimal damage." Kim Frost says there are some trees down on Rifle Range Road and about half a mile east of Emerald Mountain Christian Academy.
There is no damage to report in the Tallassee area at this time.
The Lee County EMA is reporting power outages in the Notasulga area. There are numerous trees and powerlines down, but there are no rescues and no injuries to report at this time that the EMA is aware of.
In Auburn, authorities are reporting heavy damage to a neighborhood on Green Street named Terrace Acres. All available police officers are responding.
Viewers are calling to report trees down on Bent Creek and Windy Mills in Auburn.
There are also reports of damage near Auburn University's campus along and east of Donahue Drive. One viewer called the damage "significant".
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency confirms that a tornado touched down in the Whitfield Community of Sumter County at 8:21am. Four homes were destroyed off County Road 42 and numerous trees are down.
The tornado was centered near the post office approximately 13 miles off Hwy 17. First responders are on the scene.
The EMA says a fallen tree landed on the home of an elderly person. That person was transported to a local hospital after being trapped, but her specific injuries are not known.
EMA said there were multiple reports of minor injuries.