Weather causes outages, damages

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 30, 2011

Severe weather wreaked havoc throughout Covington County late Tuesday afternoon, bringing down trees, knocking out telephone and cable services and even causing a few small fires.

More than 2 ½ inches of rain fell in Andalusia during the storm, and at times winds gusted upward of 40 mph.

Emergency dispatch reports show that the first report of trees down came in at 3:41 p.m. on Airport Road in Andalusia. At 5:30 p.m., a house fire was reported at the intersection of Lori Lane and S. Cotton Street.

Officials at Andy Cable said lightning is credited with knocking out telephone services for more than 20 minutes before it was restored. Some customers experienced additional problems, but Ivan Bishop, owner of Andy Cable, said employees worked quickly to correct them.

Forecasts for the remainder of the week show a 20 percent chance of rain through Saturday with a high around 95 degrees.