Storm knocks out power across county
by James Phillips
Dec 21, 2012 | 1441 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A cluster of storms moved across Alabama early Thursday, leaving more than 22,000 state residents without power.

While a large portion of those outages were in the Mobile area, local Alabama Power officials said the Jasper area also experienced power outages.

Freddy Padilla, a spokesman for Alabama Power, said almost 3,500 residents in the company’s western division were without power Thursday afternoon, with about 500 of those being in the Jasper area.

“We saw a log of tree limbs come down, which took down power lines,” he said. “Most of the outages are in rural areas of Walker County.”

Padilla said more than 1,000 homes were without power in the Jasper area early Thursday morning.

“Depending on weather conditions, we expect all electric service in the Jasper area to be restored Thursday night,” he said.

High winds in Jasper throughout Thursday caused power outages in several areas of the city. In the county some homes suffered slight damage due to the wind. Temperatures also dropped dramatically Thursday night with the low expected to be near 28 degrees. Today is also expected to be windy and cold. There is no threat of rain until at least Monday according to local weather forecasts.