County escapes tornadoes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Despite tornado damage in neighboring counties on Sunday morning, Covington County escaped without any reported damage.

Covington County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Alan Syler said as of Monday afternoon no one had reported any damage.

“We were lucky,” he said. “Our neighboring counties were not.”

Between 2:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, tornado warnings were issued for Covington, Conecuh, Crenshaw and Pike counties, as a thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes move rapidly across the area.

An EF-2 tornado cut a more than 14-mile path between Dozier and Luverne in neighboring Crenshaw County.

The National Weather Service estimates the tornado was nearly 100 yards wide and had winds between 110 and 120 mph. It was on the ground from 3:05 a.m. until 3:39 a.m.

A poultry farmer in the Spring Hill community near Brantley lost his entire business – five chicken houses and three of his barns. He also had damage to the roof of his home.

A home on Gin Creek Road near Goshen in Pike County also sustained damage.

Later in the morning, tornado warnings were also issued in Dale and Henry counties.

Four homes in Pinckard were damaged and a mobile home was destroyed.


Two EF-0 tornadoes were confirmed in Dale, with one causing damage to Dale County High School’s baseball field.

On Saturday, an infant was injured when severe storms hit Tuscaloosa County.

Another tornado struck near Hamilton in west Alabama.