Mon Apr 27 19:12:49 PDT 2015
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UPDATE - Severe Storms Power Through Wiregrass
Kim Allen

UPDATE - 9:37 a.m. The Houston County EMA is sending assessment teams, along with the Red Cross, to investigate areas affected by Saturday's storms. EMA Officials say the goal is to have most power restored, outside of isolated areas, by Sunday afternoon. EMA Officials also urge people in affected areas to remain in their homes and off roadways. Crews are currently working to restore power and clear roads. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE - 9:16 a.m. From Dothan Police Department: There's still approximately 4,000 customers without power in the city of Dothan. Be advised there has been a report of downed live wires at the intersection of Cottonwood & Eddins Road. Officers and Utility workers are en route. Travelers advised to use caution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE - 8:58 a.m. Alabama Power reports nearly 2,500 customers are without power due to Saturday's storms. At it's peak, nearly 15,000 Alabama Power customers lost services. Alabama Power officials say most services should be restored by midnight, although some customers may be without power until Monday morning. The primary areas affected at this point are Ashford, Taylor and Slocomb. Crews worked through the night with assistance from personnel in Montgomery. Additional staff from Birmingham and other areas will assist with the clean-up today, with nearly 150 people from outside the area joining local Alabama Power crews to restore services. If anyone needs additional information, or has to report unsafe conditions, call 1-800-888-2726. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE - 8:35 a.m. The Wiregrass Electric Cooperative reports more than 2,000 customers are still without power. All crews from W.E.C. are working to restore power, along with assistance from four sister electric cooperatives, with two more from out of the area on the way to assist. 24 utility poles were broken during Saturday's storm and must be replaced, along with substantial amounts of cable. Power won't be restored for some people until late tonight or early on Monday morning. The primary areas hit including Hartford, Slocomb and the Limestone area. Brad Kimbro says W.E.C. is aware of all power outages at this point. The outage line is working. People can also go to the Wiregrass Electric Cooperative website to view the outage map, or check the W.E.C. Facebook page for updates. At the peak of the outages, nearly 9,500 W.E.C. customers lost power. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE - 8:15 a.m. All power has been restored to the City of Enterprise. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE - 11:40 p.m. The Houston County EMA reports 24 roads in the county are currently barricaded due to debris. These roads will not be open until Sunday. Nearly 30,000 people in the county, including those in Dothan, remain without power. EMA officials say power should be restored to most people by Sunday afternoon. Several agencies working out of the Houston County EMA Office. To report an emergency, call 334-794-9720. EMA Director Steve Carlisle urges people to stay home and remain off roadways. Emergency crews are working to restore power, assist people and clear debris. Be aware of people working, even during overnight hours, if you must travel. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A series of powerful storms raced through the Wiregrass on Saturday, beginning with brief tornado warnings on Saturday morning and ending with damaging winds late on Saturday afternoon. Several areas lost power, as strong winds knocked down trees and affected power lines. The severity of the storm caused organizers of the Toadlick Music Festival to cancel the remainder of the 3-day event, midway through Saturday's slate of acts. Sam Hunt and Alabama did not perform due to the cancellation. In Dothan, the Church of the Nazarene is open as a shelter for those displaced by the storm. The Hartford Senior Citizen's Center is also open as a shelter. Dothan Police report the 911 call center is having trouble receiving calls from people using cell phones, and that some of those calls are not getting through. People using landlines have not been affected at this point, and their calls appear to be going through to the 911 call center. DPD is also asking people to avoid calling emergency lines to report power outages or to ask when power will come back to affected areas. Dothan Utility crews are working to restore power to all affected areas. WTVY had several crews in the field throughout the day covering storm damage. We'll be posting pictures and videos of today's damage with this story. If you have any pictures of storm damage, send them to us on the WTVY Facebook page, or by emailing news@wtvy.com

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