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Widespread wind damage reported in several central Alabama counties

Updated: Apr. 19, 2020 at 9:13 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - For the second Sunday in a row, parts of Alabama are dealing with severe weather.

According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, storms caused widespread wind damage in Chilton, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties Sunday morning.

[READ MORE: First Alert Weather Day declared for Sunday; more rounds of severe thunderstorms likely]

The Chilton County EMA is asking residents to stay off the roads until they are clear.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett says preliminary damage reports show trees and power lines down in the county, but no serious structural damage. County EMA Director Jason Moran said the storms rolled through between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., causing widespread wind damage through the central part of the county. Trees are down, damaging cars and homes. Moran said a few minor injuries have been reported.

Moran also said there are no roads closed at this time, but some may be down to one lane.

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The Alexander City Police Department is handling its own damage assessment. Around 9 p.m., Mayor Tommy Spraggins issued an update on social media saying the city “was extremely fortunate to come through today’s storm events with a very limited number of minor injuries.”

Spraggins said crews are still working to repair damaged electrical lines and remove downed trees.

" I have reached out to our friends in Sylacauga, Opelika, Tuskegee, and Dothan and they will have power crews here to assist beginning tomorrow," the mayor said. City Hall is open as a storm shelter.

Wind Creek State Park in Alex City posted on Facebook they will be closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Wind Creek State Park in Alex City posted on Facebook it will be closed until further notice.
Wind Creek State Park in Alex City posted on Facebook it will be closed until further notice.(Source: WSFA 12 News viewer)
Storms caused widespread wind damage in central Alabama, including in Alexander City.
Storms caused widespread wind damage in central Alabama, including in Alexander City.(Source: WSFA 12 News viewer Rita Wheeles))

Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell said many trees are down and several homes are damaged. No injuries have been reported.

Howell said the sheriff’s office is open for anyone who’s home was damaged by the morning storms. However, it is not a storm shelter for people who do not have damaged homes.

Alabama Power reports the following outages as of 9 p.m. Sunday. Crews are responding to restore service.

  • Tallapoosa County – 3,000
  • Chilton County – 2,700
  • Coosa County – 1,000
  • Montgomery County – 370
  • Autauga County – 250
  • Wilcox County – 220
  • Elmore County – 100
  • Fewer outages are also widely scattered in Dallas, Lowndes, Perry, and Lee Counties.

Follow these recommendations from Alabama Power to stay safe

  • Stay away, and keep children and pets away, from downed lines.
  • Do not drive over lines or under low hanging lines.
  • Always assume power lines are energized.
  • Avoid areas with fallen trees or limbs where downed lines may be hidden.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove tree limbs or anything else caught in power lines. To report an issue, call Alabama Power at 1-800-888-2726 or contact local law enforcement.
  • DO NOT attempt to make repairs to Alabama Power equipment. Call 1-800-888-2726 and wait for our trained work crews to get there so they can perform the potentially dangerous work.
  • Stay away from areas where repair crews are working. If driving near work crews, obey road signs and proceed cautiously.

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