VIDEOS: Damage reported across central, south Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Reports of tornadoes touching down, hail and fallen trees that have caused damage are coming in around central and south Alabama Wednesday as residences across the state brace for a day of severe weather.
As of 6 a.m., Alabama Power reports 14,900 customers without service in central Alabama.
- Montgomery County – 5,800 customers
- Wilcox County – 3,000 customers
- Lowndes County – 2,500 customers
- Butler County - 2,100 customers
- Dallas County – 1,900 customers
Alabama Power says its personnel are actively assessing the extent of damage and working to restore service as it is safe to do so.
The Eufaula Police Department has confirmed damage on Paul Lee Parkway, State Docks Road, Randolph Avenue, Hunters Inlet and Shadow Moss. Other areas of the city are still being assessed. Additionally, EPD said flooding has started, especially on Eufaula Avenue.
EPD said there are numerous trees and powerlines down and is urging residents to limit travel and to avoid the noted areas.
Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs said a tornado knocked the wall out of a structure in that area. He added that around 30 or 40 trees were also knocked down. The mayor confirmed a single injury said to be very minor.
Here are some photos specifically showing the damage in the Eufaula area.
The Crenshaw County EMA is urging residents to stay off of the roadways unless it’s emergency. “There are multiple locations county-wide with fallen trees and downed powerlines,” said EMA Director Elliott Jones. “It is very dangerous to travel right now. Also, there are over 4,000 residences without power throughout the county. Please be patient as workers work to restore power.”
DALLAS COUNTY/PERRY COUNTY
Residents of Perry and northern Dallas counties were urged to stay inside due to a “destructive’ severe thunderstorm” that could produce heavy lightning, strong winds and baseball-sized hail. This warning was in effect until 3:45 p.m.
The Dallas County Emergency Management Agency said it would hand out tarps in the basement of the courthouse annex to residents who needed them following Wednesday’s storms. They are also asking residents to submit damage reports through the EMA app.
Residents in south Alabama’s Henry county have reported a tornado touched in the area of Abbeville. Details are limited, but at least one home was damaged and there are reports of debris along U.S. Highway 431. There are no reports of injuries at this time.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a tree is down and blocking the roadway on U.S. Highway 80 near the Lowndes Interpretive Center in the Hayneville/White Hall area. The LSCO says deputies are on the scene with counterparts from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency trying to clear the road. One commuter reports having been stuck in traffic for more than 30 minutes.
Montgomery County EMA Director Christina Thornton said there are trees and powerlines down in several areas of Montgomery and Pike Road. Residents have reported hail and downed trees, photos of which can be seen below.
Continue checking back for updates.
SEVERE WEATHER PHOTOS
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