County escapes damage

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Covington County escaped major damage when severe weather moved through the area early Tuesday morning.

Covington County EMA Director Susan Harris said no structure damage was reported.

“One tree was down on Hwy. 331 and there were power outages around the county,” she said.

Covington Electric Cooperative had around 400 customers without power at the peak of its outage overnight, CEC spokesperson Patty Singleton-Seay said.

“Severe weather impacted the CEC area last night with multiple outages caused by wind and lightning,” she said. “I’m happy to report that power has been restored to all members impacted by the storms last night. Everyone was back on before lunch.”

Brad Kimbro of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, which serves Covington County near the Geneva County line, said they also had some outages.

“We had a few spotty, individual outages last night,” he said. “At 6:30 a.m. (Tuesday) morning we had less than 120 outages system-wide still without power. All outages were restored by 9:30 (Tuesday morning.) Thankfully, we didn’t have too much damage from last evening’s storms.”

The City of Opp did not have any outages, Opp Utilities Board General Manager Stacey Parker said.

“We were blessed,” he said.

Not everyone in the South was so lucky.

The storm claimed two lives early Monday when tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri struck.

The Storm Prediction Center estimated more than 36 million people were in the path of damaging storms.