EMA: Homes destroyed, others damaged in Hale County after morning severe storms

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HALE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A powerful storm devastated parts of Hale County early Tuesday morning causing damages to 20-30 homes. EMA Director Russell Weeden says two mobile homes were also destroyed.

“Several of the homes had roofs that are missing on them and several trees have fallen onto homes,” Weeden said. “And several mobile homes were destroyed by the wind and we have one business that the wall was blown out on.”.

The powerful storm hit Greensboro around 6 a.m. Tuesday, some of the worst damage was in the Cashew Road neighborhood. The storm destroyed the mobile home of Terry Thomas. He ran to his bathroom and jumped in the bathtub to seek shelter.

“I heard the high winds coming and I was in my bedroom and I ran to the backroom to my bathroom,” Thomas said. “And I took shelter and that’s where I ended up being after the storm was over with. If it wasn’t for the bathtub I wouldn’t be here today and I am blessed and I want to thank God.”

Crews and volunteers spent the morning using chain saws to clean up fallen tree limbs while power crews repaired knocked down power lines. The EMA says there were no injuries reported. Thomas says he is just thankful he survived the storm.

“The roof is all broken down and the TV is all messed, its just a disaster. There is nothing to save and that’s material things,” Thomas said. “We can get another house and furniture and stuff like that and I just thank the Lord that I am here to live. We are just lucky that’s all I know, we are lucky and it could have been worse.”

The Red Cross arrived Tuesday afternoon to help storm victims. EMA officials tell CBS 42 the National Weather Service is expected to visit Greensboro to survey storm damage.


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