A line of thunderstorms moved across Central and South Alabama Tuesday afternoon leaving pockets of storm damage in its path. No injuries were reported, but plenty of power lines and trees were knocked down in Montgomery. Two houses were struck by lightning, as was a gas pipe.
The National Weather Service reported that the storm that moved through was just below the criteria for "severe weather" status at 58 mph.
"Multiple reports from the emergency manager, local media, and the public of several trees down and minor structural damage in the Cloverdale community in Montgomery," the NWS said. "The majority of these trees appear to be only a few inches in diameter. however, wet grounds from recent rains also helped to uproot some larger trees. winds were estimated in the 45-60 mph range based on an observation at the Montgomery Regional airport, radar velocities and damage reported in the area."
Power crews and tree removal crews fanned out across the area to restore normalcy. Electric companies reported several thousand customers without power but promised service would quickly be restored.
In the Wiregrass, some roads were flooded, with as least one giving way under the stress of heavy rains. A college campus decided to cancel evening classes due to heavy rains and flooding, though no campus buildings were damaged.
Prattville gas line hit
Authorities are confirming that lightning struck a gas line in Autauga County. Prattville officials say the incident happened outside the city limits in the county. A viewer said the incident happened at a home on Corley Road. Volunteer fire department is currently handling and the gas company is to shut off the gas supply. No known injuries.
Montgomery House Fire #1
Lightning struck a home in the Westchester Place area of Wynlakes, subsequently setting the attic on fire. The damage to the roof was approximately 2 feet in diameter. Authorities refuted previous reports of a cable employee being inside the attic at the time of the incident saying they have no knowledge of anyone inside the attic. There were no injuries reported.
Montgomery House Fire #2
Another home in the 1100 block of Woodley Road was also apparently struck by lightning. Fire department officials say the fire appears to have started under the house where the power goes into the structure. The fire was extinguished but units are checking for any additional flames. The homeowner lives out of state and was not at the residences at the time of the fire.
The Montgomery County EMA and Montgomery Police Department are reporting several trees down at the following locations:
The downed trees list above does not mean roads are blocked at all those locations, though citizens are urged to travel with caution. Tree crews and power company officials are assessing the damage in these areas.
Most damage appears to be in the Woodley Road area behind Huntingdon College between Narrow Lane Road and Fairvew Avenue.
Huntingdon College officials say three is at least one tree down on campus, and some roof shingles were blown off, but the campus remains open.
The City of Montgomery has blocked off these roads due to downed trees/power lines:
Norman Bridge and Rose Lane
Norman Bridge and Park
Graham Street and Park
Ellen and Park
Palmetto Street and Ryan Street
Thorn Place at Ridge
East Fairview and Ridge
East Fairview and Ellen
East Fairview and Lebron
Cloverdale and Lebron
Additionally, Highway 94 blocked by downed tree at Jasmine Lane in Ramer
Geiger Road in Houston County washed out by flooding.
The Montgomery Biscuits vs. The Jacksonville Suns baseball game set for Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium is canceled. There will be two 7-inning games held Wednesday starting at 6:05 p.m.
Wallace Community College Dothan Tuesday evening classes canceled due to flash flooding. SOAR orientation is rescheduled for Thursday.
Authorities say some cars are flooded in a WCCD campus parking lot though no buildings are believe to be affected.
POWER OUTAGES - Dixie Electric (8:45 p.m.)
As of 8:45 p.m., Dixie still has approximately 600 members without power. The majority of those members without power are located in Pine Level, however there are a few remaining outages off of our Legrand and Woodley substations in Montgomery County and the Hector substation in Bullock County. Crews continue to work to restore power as quickly as possible.
POWER OUTAGES - Tuskegee, which has its own power utility.... (9:15 p.m.)
Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says approximately 40 percent of the city's residents are without power at this time, but crews are working to restore service. Expects it to be on within 3 to 4 hours.
POWER OUTAGES - Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (8:45 p.m.)
Autauga County: 151
POWER OUTAGES - Pioneer Electric (8:30 p.m.)
Butler County: 1119
Dallas County: 236
Lowndes County: 407
Wilcox County: 490
POWER OUTAGES - Alabama Power (6:00 p.m.)
Selma/Dallas County area: 4,100
Montgomery area: 9,900
Prattville area: 1,900
Ft. Deposit area: 1,900
Camden area: 880
Scattered outages are also being reported in Wetumpka, Greenville and Marion. Crews are working to restore service where safe to do so.
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