Damage assessments underway; Power restored to thousands after severe weather

Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 2:28 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 2:13 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Severe weather that moved across Alabama throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning caused storm damage and power outages.

STORM DAMAGE

Autauga County

In Autauga County, a home was damaged Tuesday afternoon when it was apparently hit by lightning. The home, located on Wyatt Loop Road in Prattville, suffered extensive roof damage.

According to Brett Wadsworth, the assistant chief of the Booth Volunteer Fire Department, there were no injuries. An investigation into the exact cause is underway.

The inside of an Autauga County home possibly hit by lightning.

Elmore County

In Elmore County, the Emergency Management Agency reports a number of damage reports from Highway 111 in Deatsville through and across Lake Jordan, Titus, the Seman area and into Coosa County. There are a number of trees on the roadways along Coosa River Road, Island Road, Titus Road and Circle Lane.

The EMA director says trees are reported on several homes. Units are checking homes with damage, the director said. Most have been cleared at this point with no reports of injuries.

There are reports of some boats having sunk on Lake Jordan, but there are no known injuries.

The EMA is asking people to stay out of the area and avoid sightseeing.

Storm damage on Lake Jordan in Elmore County, Alabama.
Storm damage on Lake Jordan in Elmore County, Alabama.(Source: WSFA 12 News viewer David Tibbs)

Chilton County

WBRC reports damage near Lay Dam Road that includes tin roofs coming off, trees falling, downed power lines.

Macon County

According to the EMA director, while the National Weather Service reported a possible tornado touchdown near Shorter at 3 a.m. Wednesday, an early morning assessment has revealed no major damage from the severe weather. No injuries have been reported. There were some reports of flooding, but no roads were affected or closed.

Montgomery County

The Montgomery Emergency Management Agency is reporting confirmed damage from a possible tornado that briefly touched down in east Montgomery early Wednesday morning. There was no tornado warning for Montgomery at the moment this possible tornado rapidly formed, touching down for only a brief time of around a minute.

According to the EMA’s office, the damage is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Gloucester Mews
  • Eastwood Glen
  • Berryhill
  • Halcyon Blvd

Perry County

In Perry County, the Emergency Management Agency reports that a family lost their mobile home on Coretta Scott King Highway after it was lifted off its foundation. No one was injured. WBRC provided additional video and details here.

As of Wednesday, the EMA office said they are still assessing the damage.

“We’re still receiving and assessing reports of damage,” EMA Director Deandra Kimbrough said. “The latter storm was more widespread with a lot of trees across roadways. As of now, it seems that the afternoon storm created the most residential damage.”

Storm damage in Perry County

POWER OUTAGES

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Alabama Power had restored power to all of the more than 8,000 customers who had been without service in central Alabama.

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 200 members are without power as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Most of the larger outages have been resolved, and they are dispatching crews to handle the multiple broken poles and downed lines in Autauga and Elmore counties.

CAEC said the majority of the outages were from two large outages in Autauga County. Outages should be reported to 1-800-619-5460.

WEATHER PHOTOS

(Share yours at wsfa.com/submit)

Not reading this story on the WSFA News App? Get news alerts FASTER and FREE in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store!