Saturday storm downs trees, cuts power to some

Published 10:00 am Monday, April 27, 2015

Several downed trees and some power outages were the result of a severe thunderstorm that swept through Covington County Saturday afternoon, Assistant EMA Director Alan Syler said.

Syler said there were “numerous” trees downed in the area.

Large trees were reported down in Andalusia, on the LBWCC campus.

Syler said two barns in the Fleeta area sustained damage, and damage was reported from County Road 70, near Shoemaker Road.

Syler said there were no injuries reported at all.

The thunderstorms consisted of mostly lightning and straight-line winds, Syler said.

“They lasted about 30 minutes,” he said.

In downtown Andalusia, an awning to a business was blown off just off the town square, right next to Cagle Limited.

Additionally, there were several limbs down in the Andalusia and Opp areas.

According to the National Weather Service, showers are likely today with a possibility of a thunderstorm before 8 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Showers and thunderstorms are also likely tonight before 8.

As a result of the storms, other areas were hit as well, including Dothan in Houston County, where The Dothan Eagle reported Monday that officials compared the storm to Hurricane Opal, calling it one of the worst since.

Near Mobile Bay, five are still missing as of yesterday after several sailboats capsized during a regatta that was being held on Saturday.

Two bodies have since been discovered, according to reports.