Sunday Wiregrass Storm Wrap
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Opp Weather Damage
by Mike Gurspan
The western wiregrass would be in the cross-hairs' of the volatile weather which moved through the Tri-States' Sunday.
At around two o'clock, a roof was torn from a service station and several power poles were snapped in downtown Opp.
The damage closed traffic on Cummings Avenue, and temporarily knocked power off for several area neighborhoods.
Fortunately there were no injuries when the system came through.
Authorities have asked for assistance from the National Weather Service to determine if the damage was caused by straight line winds or a small tornado.
Covington County Storm Shelters
By Mike Gurspan
The Covington County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded more than 110-thousand dollars in hazard mitigation grant money.
It will allow approximately two dozen residents the opportunity to install "safe rooms".
The homeowner must purchase the shelter in full and Covington County EMA will reimburse up to 75-percent, or up to four-thousand dollars!
Florala Lightning Fire
by Mike Gurspan
Lightning is to blame for a barn fire along the Alabama-Florida line.
In Florala, Mike and Glenda Ward say they were inside their manufactured home when ear-piercing thunder knocked the pictures off their walls.
Within an instant, smoke began to billow from the barn only feet from their home.
They say the quick response of Florala and Lockhart volunteer firefighters kept the flames from spreading.
The couple did lose several thousand dollars of mowers and lawn equipment.
Heavy Rain, Wind Move Through Pike County
by Sean Sporman
Pike County was placed under a Tornado Warning just after noon on Sunday.
No tornado touched down, but the storms that moved through brought heavy rain and high winds to places like Goshen, Troy, and Brundidge.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, there was no damage in Pike County...But there were reports of trees down in Coffee, Houston and Dale counties.
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