Severe storms leave damage across county
by Staff, Wire Reports
Mar 19, 2013 | 5986 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At least two mobile homes in Dogwood Acres Trailer Park were destroyed when a severe storm raked the county. – Photo by Ron Harris.
At least two mobile homes in Dogwood Acres Trailer Park were destroyed when a severe storm raked the county. – Photo by Ron Harris.
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Trees blocked Sunlight Road in Curry  from high winds during Monday’s storm. – Photo by: Elane Jones.
Trees blocked Sunlight Road in Curry from high winds during Monday’s storm. – Photo by: Elane Jones.
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The office of Bankhead Land and Timber Company located on Ninth Avenue in Jasper suffered extensive damage when a large tree was uprooted by high winds and toppled onto the office. A car belonging to DeeDee Fikes of Jasper was also heavily damage from the falling tree. – Photo by: Ron Harris.
The office of Bankhead Land and Timber Company located on Ninth Avenue in Jasper suffered extensive damage when a large tree was uprooted by high winds and toppled onto the office. A car belonging to DeeDee Fikes of Jasper was also heavily damage from the falling tree. – Photo by: Ron Harris.
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Strong storms moved across much of Alabama on Monday, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rainfall as a cold front passed through the state.

The National Weather Service warned that the strongest storms produced wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters.

Walker County officials are still assessing storm damage from the thunderstorm that blew through the area Monday afternoon.

Numerous trees and power lines were reported down throughout the county. Walker Baptist Medical Center officials reported a few area residents had been treated for storm-related injuries.

“It’s a mess around the county,” Sheriff John Mark Tirey said. “There was quite a bit of damage, lots of trees down and cell phone service was nonexistent.”

Two reported injuries happened at Dogwood Acres Trailer Park in Jasper when high winds flipped a home on its side.

“It happened really quick and there was no kind of warning,” said an unidentified resident at the mobile home park.

Alabama Power officials reported more than 14,000 were without electricity in Walker County Monday afternoon.

Authorities in Colbert County said they were responding to reports of downed trees Monday afternoon near the northern state line, and officials in Lauderdale County reported street flooding and dime-size hail.

A dog was killed in Madison County after its shelter was struck by lightning and caught fire.

The National Weather Service recorded quarter-size hail in Limestone, Madison, Franklin and DeKalb counties, and trees and power lines were uprooted throughout the state and causing roof damage.

Meteorologists recorded wind speeds of 80 mph in some areas and DeKalb County EMA director Anthony Clifton said the roof was torn from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.

Clifton said severe damage was reported in south DeKalb County and authorities were paying particularly high attention to areas in Kilpatrick and Geraldine.

“It’s a densely populated rural area,” Clifton said, “We have a large number of mobile homes in that end of the county.”

The National Weather service reported several DeKalb County roads were blocked due to down trees and numerous farm structures in the county were heavily damaged.

A severe thunderstorm watch covering more than a dozen counties was extended until 9 p.m., and Alabama Power officials say 198,000 customers were without power as of 5 p.m.