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Fred downs trees, knocks out power

Damage from the tropical storm has been minimal.
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Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 8:03 PM CDT
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UNDATED, Ala. (WTVY) -Fallen trees are blocking rural roadways and a few roofs have been damaged, but impacts from Tropical Storm Fred appear minimal.

Its most significant effect is numerous power outages, including several thousand in southeast Alabama.

Among them, Pea River Cooperative that reported 2,900 without power late Monday, most of them in Dale County. “We will have crews as soon as conditions are safe to work,” said spokesperson Laura Thornton.

In Dothan, a semi apparently caused one outage when it struck a power pole. Another has been reported near Troy University.

Meanwhile, several thousand utility customers in Florida and Georgia are also without power. Repair crews are hampered until Tropical Storm Fred exits.

Cottonwood police reported a person trapped in their vehicle after it overturned, possibly weather related. Dothan fire personnel responded to free the person, who is not seriously injured.

Trees blocked sparsely traveled highways. Some of them have been pushed to the side of the road by deputies.

Holmes, Dale, Geneva, Seminole, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Seminole and Early Counties in the News 4 viewing area are also reporting downed trees.

There have been a few flooding reports.

This story updated to reflect Pea River Cooperative numbers and comment.

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