Storms bring power outages, winds

Published 12:05 am Thursday, January 31, 2013


Power outages were rampant throughout the county as Wednesday’s severe weather made its way through.

County EMA director Susan Harris said while no official report was given for the outages, she did hear from some residents.

“I do know we had some issues due to the wind and trees down in two locations,” Harris said. “We had one car damaged because of a flying fence.”

Lights began flickering as early as 10 a.m. in Andalusia. A tree down in the Green Acres Subdivision caused outages for nearly an hour, while another downed tree on U.S. Hwy. 29 North near Wagon Wheel Road caused other outages.

After lunch, the outages began to affect Opp and just before 3 p.m., Florala and Lockhart were reportedly without power. Winds did damage a section of Betty’s Best Bang fireworks stand in Florala, the owner said.

All billboard near the Andalusia Verizon Store also was damaged.

As the afternoon progressed, rain continued to fall and the wind continued to whip, but luckily, no other damage was reported, Harris said.