April is making a stormy exit in Alabama. Thunderstorms brought a flood threat to coastal retreats along the Styx and Fish rivers and downed some trees and knocked out power in the Birmingham metro area.
The National Weather Service warned residents along the rivers in south Baldwin County to brace for high water caused by the downpour. The Styx River near Elsanor was expected to crest near 17.7 feet early Sunday and fall back below flood stage Sunday evening.
Moderate flooding was forecast for the Fish River near Silverhill. The river was expected to crest near 14.7 feet early Sunday and fall back below flood stage early Monday.
The thunderstorms, packing high winds and lightning, also moved across north-central Alabama early today. The storms caused nearly 16-thousand temporary power outages in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area.
Alabama Power Company spokeswoman Alice Gordon says cities south of Birmingham, including Pelham, Hoover, and Columbiana, had most of the outages, but there also were widespread blackouts in Leeds and Gardendale. Repair crews planned to work into Saturday night restoring power.
In Shelby County, Helena police reported hundreds of trees down, some on vehicles and power lines and one on a house. Public works employees were called in to help clear the debris, but no injuries were reported there.
Numerous trees and power lines also fell in Alabaster, with several roads blocked.