Alabama EMA: 11 counties report damage from Christmas Day storms

Photo showing damage at the Mobile Infirmary after a tornado ripped through Mobile on Christmas Day.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency released early damage assessments and storm surveys that are still underway across the state following the Christmas Day severe weather outbreak.

11 different counties in Alabama reported minor to major damage from the storms and EMA Director Art Faulkner is traveling to the hardest hit areas determining the needs of various communities. The National Weather Service has also sent teams to determine the classification and/or the extent of the damage.

Mobile County suffered the most damage after a large tornado hit the downtown area and the release states that as many as 100 structures experienced some level of damage. Alabama Power reported that 28,500 customers in the city lost power during the storms Tuesday and a total of 47,500 outages were experienced statewide.

Early damage reports from the Alabama EMA:

Autauga County

- House & tree struck by lightning, minor street flooding in Prattville

Butler County

-Trees and power lines down, roof was torn off of a mobile home, barn destroyed, one injury reported when tree fell on a house

Choctaw County

- Numerous trees & power lines down, several homes & structures damaged

Clarke County

- Several reports of damaged homes, trees and power lines damaged, multiple roads blocked

Crenshaw County

- One home damaged and one destroyed.

Escambia County

- Damage reported north of Atmore; roof blown off of small convenience store and tractor also overturned also other scattered reports of downed trees and power lines.

Lowndes County

- Power outage in most of Hayneville due to straight line winds.

Marengo County

- Two mobile homes destroyed and a number of site built homes damaged along Sunset Road just south of U.S. 80 East of Demopolis. A number of trees and power lines down

Mobile County

- There may be as many as 100 structures that have incurred some level of damage within the City Limits of Mobile. In the City of Prichard 20-25 homes suffered various levels of damage. Damaged buildings include the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street, Little Flower Catholic Church and a Walgreens' drug store on Government Street. Murphy High School was seriously damaged as well as several residences in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. Mobile Infirmary had damage to windows and ceiling tiles but remained in operation.

Pike County

- Several homes reported with damage, a large barn with heavy damage, vehicles damaged, and large trees snapped, power lines down. Brantley mobile home Park on Hwy 231 N in Troy has several homes damaged.

Tuscaloosa County

- Possible lightning strike at an apartment complex

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