Strong Storms damage homes and knock down trees in Tuscaloosa County


DUNCANVILLE, Ala. (WIAT)-Some residents in Tuscaloosa County spent Sunday afternoon cleaning
up storm damage at homes on Hagler Coaling road in Duncanville.  Many homeowners used chain saws to chop up fallen tree limbs while power crews tried to restore electricity.

Seventy-eight-year-old Katie Hubbard was sitting her living room around 2:30 Sunday morning when the storm took a direct hit on her house.  Part of her roof was torn off, her porch was damaged and water is leaking into her bedroom and kitchen.

“Right after I sat in my chair, a minute or two later the power went off.  Then I got up and looked outside
and the porch was gone and it was raining in the door so I shut it back” Hubbard said.

One of Hubbard’s neighbors home also took a beating from the storm that left several holes in the roof.
One of the homeowner’s cows will have to be put to sleep because a tree fell on top of the cow.

Sgt. Mike Kowzan from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says there was some good news Saturday night.  A number of residents packed inside the new Hagler Coaling road storm shelter to be safe.

“Overall we are very fortunate in the Hagler community, we only sustained minor tree damage a few roofs sustained minor damage as well.  One silver lining in all this is our newly built storm shelter was packed to capacity so people are utilizing the assets and heeding the warnings” Kowzan said.

Katie Hubbard is giving thanks that she survived severe weather that left her house in a mess.

“Things can be replaced, you can’t replace a life. So I am thankful to be alive”.

Dianah Dollar from the Tuscaloosa County EMA said there were no reports of injuries or loss of life. 

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