Several thousand without power after severe storm

American Electric Power meteorologists are continuing to monitor the potential winter storm...
American Electric Power meteorologists are continuing to monitor the potential winter storm and the possible impact throughout its service territory.(MGN)
Published: Aug. 12, 2023 at 8:52 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2023 at 9:02 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Several thousand Houston County, AL residents experienced power outages after a severe thunderstorm passed through this evening.

The Wiregrass possessed a ripe atmosphere for strong thunderstorms today as hot temperatures and abundant moisture at the surface provided the fuel for many storm clouds to build.

Separate thunderstorms in Dale County and Henry County converged before traveling south into Houston County around 5:00 PM, combining their energy to create a severe thunderstorm that produced heavy rain, plentiful lightning, and wind gusts between 65-75 mph.

The storm knocked multiple trees down and cut electricity for many residents around the Wiregrass. After a few hours, hundreds of locations are still without power in Houston County.

Electrical crews have been on site and working on restoring the power since 5:30 PM after the storm tracked further south into Florida.

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