Some roads still closed

Published 2:03 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

County road crews have been working to open up the roads affected by the rains from Tropical Storm Cindy last week.

County Engineer Lynn Rawls said that crews have been able to open all roads, except five.

Rowell Road; Union Road from Raines Road to Booth Road; County Road 40, from County Road 22 to State Road 52; Corn Nut Road; and T Bridge Road are the only roads that remain closed at this time.

In the last week, Covington County has received between 5.84 and 6.60 inches of rain, according to the Choctawhatchee Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management Agency.

The rain made creek and river levels rise, but those waters are beginning to recede. Yellow River at Hwy. 55 was to 9.36 feet Monday, which was down from nearly 16 feet on June 24.

Yellow River at Hwy 84 was down to 3.3 feet from a high 7 feet last week.

Tallies are in from Tropical Storm Cindy, and the National Weather Service said three, maybe four, tornadoes touched down across the state as the storm system hit.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham assessed one definite and a possible.

Tornadoes were an EF-1 in the Fairfield area of Birmingham, which struck Thursday.

There was possible tornado in Shelby County, but when meteorologists went to investigate, they could find any damage.

The National Weather Service in Mobile investigated two tornadoes.

The EF-1 that struck Onycha, Horn Hill, Babbie and Harmony.

NWS officials estimate the peak winds for the storm were at 95 mph and was on the ground for about five miles.

The Escambia County tornado was weaker and touched down about five miles west-northwest of the Bradley community and was on the ground for approximately one mile.