Strong Storms Bring Wind, Rain, Flooding, Possible Tornadoes to Southern Alabama

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A storm system swept through the Southeastern United States on Sunday, bringing with it wind, rain, and even possible tornadoes.

Storm Damages Shopping Center in Atmore (WKRG/CBS)

A shopping center in the town of Atmore, AL was wiped out this morning by what witnesses describe as a tornado. The area was under a tornado warning when, at 8:05am, winds ripped the roof off the small strip mall. The force of the storm also caused the walls to collapse. Fortunately, no one was inside at the time and no one was hurt. Witnesses at a nearby gas station reported seeing a massive black cloud and swirling rains shortly before the damage occurred.


Flood Waters Trap Campers in Prattville (WAKA/CBS)

There was a high water rescue at Pine Creek near Cooters Pond in Prattville around 10am this morning. Several campers (around 4 or 5) were rescued by authorities. Prattville officials say several vehicles had parked on a sand bar last night before the rains came. After all the rain came overnight and this morning, it flooded the creek. This is not unusual - this area often floods during heavy rain events. The campers became cut off due to the creek overflowing and had to be rescued, according to Prattville officials.

As of 10:30pm, all of the campers had been rescued. No injuries.


Storm Damage in Enterprise (WTVY: Mike Gurspan)

Just after Ten O'clock Sunday morning, the quick moving weather system moved across Enterprise and Eastern Coffee County.

It downed power lines in the Historic West College Street District and Downtown Enterprise.

A power pole partially fell at the busy intersection of East Lee Street and Glover Avenue.

Traffic had to be temporarily re-routed with a power line hanging across the roadway.

In addition, several large trees fell. One caused temporary closure on Coffee County Road 700.

Fortunately, Alabama Power and city crews quickly responded and restored service to the affected neighborhoods. There were no reported injuries.


Storms Bring Wind, Rain to Pike County (WTVY: Sean Sporman)

The strong thunderstorms also brought heavy rain and strong winds to Pike County.

Winds as high as 45 miles per hour prompted the local Weather Service to place Pike County, including Goshen and Troy, under a Significant Weather Advisory for at time on Sunday.

The Troy Municipal Airport reported over an inch and a half of rain in just a six hour period.


Rain Continues Well into Sunday Night in Wiregrass (WTVY: Sean Sporman)

Although the severe weather threat in the Wiregrass ended by the early afternoon, rain continued well into the nighttime hours on Sunday.

Here are some the rain totals as of midnight in various Wiregrass cities and communities:

Dothan - 1.77"
Ozark - 2.01"
Crestview - 2.34"
Panama City - 3.27"
Marianna - 3.83"


Also in the video above, you can see some viewer pictures and videos of the storms!

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