Straight-line winds cause damage

Published 1:25 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Damage was reported at the Pleasant Home football field.

Damage was reported at the Pleasant Home football field.

Early morning thunderstorms Sunday brought with them straight line winds to the Pleasant Home community.

Covington County Assistant EMA Director Alan Syler said he went to the community Monday and surveyed the damage.

“There was no indication of any twisting,” he said. “And Mobile weather did not confirm, either.”

Syler said they also had reports of a powerline down near Andalusia High School and powerlines near Ashley Pointe and some damage that way.

Jeff Puckett of Andalusia Utilities said a tree fell at Third and Sixth and power was out for four hours.

“Those are the only reports we have right now,” Syler said.

Holiday Inn Express also received some damage to the roof, and outdoor furniture was blown into the pool.

In Opp, lightning struck a substation, leaving some residents and businesses without power for eight hours on Monday.

Mayor John Bartholomew said the city was fortunate to be partners with PowerSouth, who sent employees to help and a portable substation.

“Our whole substation is going to have to be rebuilt,” he said. “On Friday, we will have to remove ourselves from the portable ones, so parts of the city will be without power from 11:30 until 1:30.”

Across the region, there were reports of heavy rains and thunderstorms.

In Henry County, a strong storm left damage at Headland High School.

Henry County Schools were closed Monday.

The damage was believed to have been either straight-line winds or a small tornado.

Weather is expected to be somewhat better starting today.

According to the National Weather Service, there will be areas of fog this morning before 8 a.m., but it will otherwise be partly sunny with a high near 78.

Tonight the low will be 63.

On Wednesday, there is a slight chance for showers between 8 a.m. and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. The high will be 81 and the low 66.

Thursday and Friday there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and on Saturday a 40 percent chance of rain and on Sunday at 30 percent chance of rain.