Funnel cloud detected

Published 9:16 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EMA: No damage but power outages, lightning strikes reported

A funnel cloud prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for the northern portion of Covington County Wednesday morning.

“I think we had a funnel cloud, but it didn’t touch down,” EMA Director Susan Harris said. “We had something that came across the radar.”

Harris said the NWS put out the warning when the funnel cloud was on top of River Falls.

“It went from River Falls to Gantt to Rose Hill to Five Points,” she said. “It might have hit some wooded areas, but no populated areas that we know of right now.”

Harris said no damages were reported, but there were power outages and a couple of lightning strikes reported.

“We were fortunate,” she said.

Severe weather hit hard in other areas of the state and South, thanks to being situated on the warm side of Winter Storm Kayla.

At least one large tornado was reported Tuesday evening in western Alabama, hitting Aliceville and Carrollton.

The hardest hit area was the Sapps community, just outside of Aliceville.

No one was killed during the tornado that NWS said was at least an EF2.

Experts say it was a massive wedge tornado.

The tornado warning caused buses to roll behind schedule on Wednesday morning, but local schools were in session.

Andalusia Head Start delayed opening until 10 a.m.