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1 dead, widespread damage in south Alabama after overnight storms

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The WSFA First Alert Weather Team was on the air for several hours late Sunday night and into Monday morning with coverage of severe weather.

Multiple counties in south Alabama including Pike, Covington, Houston, Henry and Barbour counties are reporting damage that will only continue to grow as the sun comes up.


In Henry County, 61-year-old Jerry Oliver Williams Jr. died after the trailer he was inside flipped according to a report from WTVY. Deputies and Henry County Coroner Derek Wright responded to the area on Henry County Road 26 and County Road 103.

Additional reports of damage have been confirmed in the Thomas Mill Creek, Newville, and Tumbleton communities. There are also widespread reports of power outages in each of these communities.

The Covington County EMA tells WSFA 12 News there is damage on the north side of Andalusia with trees down on houses. Of great concern is the County Road 70 area, or Antioch Road, where a possible tornado caused damage Sunday night. There is debris down throughout the county.

There were also reports that a home in Babbie, a town in Covington County, may have been hit by a possible tornado.

There were reports in east Pike County of large amounts of pea size hail falling with intense wind and rain on the Pike/Barbour line.

Pike County Emergency Management Agency Director Herb Reeves said there are widespread tree damage and power outage reports. There is also damage to some homes and roofs in downtown Troy. No injuries were reported in Pike County as of early Monday morning.

Reeves said fire and rescue units rescued three people from a mobile home in Goshen that was damaged by a tree.

Videos showed significant damage to Walt’s 24-Hour Gymnasium on Montgomery/South 3 Notch Street in Troy. Viewer pictures also show downed trees on Troy University’s campus.

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Walt’s Gymnasium in Troy area suffers significant damage, per report just aired on WSFA 12 News. https://www.wsfa.com/2020/04/20/damage-reports-coming-south-alabama-storms/ 

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In Coffee County, there were reports of damage to homes, with the roof being blown off one residence along County Road 220 near Victoria.

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Roof gone on CR 220 near Victoria (Coffee County) – pic from Erika Hussey.

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As of 5 a.m. Monday, the following power outage reports were available.

Dixie Electric Cooperative reports power has been restored to all customers – http://outagemap.dixie.coop/

South Alabama Electric Coop reports over 9,000 without service – http://omsviewer.southaec.com/

Covington Electric Coop reports 6,000 without service – http://outage.covington.coop/

Alabama Power reports the following outages:

  • Tallapoosa County – 3,000
  • Chilton County – 2,700
  • Butler County – 1,400
  • Coosa County – 1,000
  • Montgomery County – 370
  • Autauga County – 250
  • Wilcox County – 220
  • Elmore County – 100

This story focuses on damage from Sunday evening. For information on Sunday morning’s storms and damage, CLICK HERE.

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