Severe Weather Causes Damage, Power Outage in Baldwin County (02/13)

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LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Severe weather thundered through Baldwin County Tuesday morning with a utility pole knocked out in Loxley and lightning possibly causing a fire at the new Fairhope library.

Loxley Police Chief Cliff Yetter said the town lost power for over an hour, causing banks and businesses to close their doors and residents to shutter themselves inside.

The power outage, caused when lighting struck a utility pole on the west side of Loxley, affected about 450 customers, said a spokesman for Riviera Utilities.

A fire was reported around seven-30 a-m at Fairhope's new public library, a time when severe thunderstorms were rolling through the area. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to put out the fire.

A Fairhope Fire Department representative said damage was confined to the second floor. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from reaching the first floor where books are located.

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