Storm downs trees, knocks out power

Published 3:03 am Saturday, June 30, 2018

Thursday’s storm might have seemed like a regular afternoon pop-up storm system, but damage done locally says otherwise.

“We’re always prepared but what came out of the storm was a little unusual,” Patty Seay of Covington Electric Cooperative said.

“It was definitely unusual. It moved pretty fast into the area.”

Seay said that around 3,149 CEC members went without power anywhere from 5 p.m., on Thursday to 4 a.m., on Friday.

“In every county we service we had outages, but the vast majority of them seemed to be in Covington County,” she said.

“Crews were dispatched out all night. We really want to thank everyone for their patience,” she said.

Jeff Puckett with the Andalusia Utilities Department said that several stoplights within Andalusia were out for a period of time.

“Traffic lights next to the Piggly Wiggly were out. The ones by CDG, East Three Notch, and one near Sanford Road as well,” he said.

“We had three main breakers of three different substations out due to power lines being downed.”

Puckett said around 1,100 to 1,200 customers were affected anywhere from an hour to five and a half hours.

Frank Shaffer, the deputy director with the Emergency Management Agency for Covington County, said that they had several road crews to check the roads.

“We had county road crews as well as volunteer fire departments out to check on the debris in the road and help remove them from roadways,” he said.

Shaffer said that there wasn’t a lot of damage reported, luckily.

The storm also did damage to buildings as well.

Kevin Kennedy, maintenance supervisor for the county, said at the Covington County Courthouse, one of the windows in an upper office was blown out by the wind.

“We’ve placed temporary plexi-glass and the window has been ordered,” Kennedy said.

At Goodwill, on Church Street, a big portion of the glass was also blown out. The Goodwill was closed until repairs are completed.

“Right now we’re boarding up the damaged glass,” Rodney Beck, an employee of Glass Doctor said.

“We’ve ordered the glass and we’re waiting for it to come in.”

Glass Doctor is also repairing the glass in the empty building up the street across from the Andalusia Fire Department where the glass storefront was also damaged.