18,000 Without Power After Storms Rip Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities say a powerful storm peeled the roofs from buildings, toppled some trucks and blew down Oak trees and limbs in the Mobile area.

Mobile County Emergency Management Agency Director Ronnie Adair says the storm struck around or shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Adair said there are several buildings in the Mobile area with roof damage after high winds peeled them off buildings. He said there were no immediate reports of any major injuries.

The American Red Cross says its office in Mobile suffered heavy damage and three of its disaster trailers there were destroyed.

Red Cross officials say that despite "significant" damage to the office, they are still able to use it and were working to assist others in the Mobile area in the storm's aftermath.

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