Highlands neighborhood in Dothan hit by apparent tornado

There have been other damage reports locally and in other parts of Alabama.
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 5:57 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 8:44 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A likely tornado downed trees and damaged homes in west Dothan neighborhoods early Thursday morning.

Most of that damage occurred in the Highlands, a sprawling upscale development near the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, as well as across Highway 84 and over into the Brannon Stand

Kathy Gannon, who lives on Royal Parkway, said she took shelter in a closet as the apparent twister approached, warned by WTVY’s severe weather coverage. “We are so thankful,” she said upon learning none of her neighbors have been injured and damage is minor.

However, there are reports that one person may have been injured near W.G. Bond Road, a rural area near the Highlands. No additional information is immediately available.

In the Highlands, things got scary when Dothan emergency responders received word that a man had been trapped in his vehicle by a falling tree.

“Fearing the worst, we dispatched tree cutters,” Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams told WTVY.

By the time crews arrived, though, the man had been able free himself.

Williams said getting those cutters on the scene quickly allowed them to remove fallen trees from blocking roadways.

Other damage reports in Houston, Dale, and Henry Counties have been spotty and minor.

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