Greene County hardest hit; 2,500 lose power

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The majority of Greene County and portions of Hale and Perry County were affected Saturday by an afternoon storm which brought strong winds and hail to the area.

Officials are not sure whether damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado, but the conditions were violent enough to cause a variety of problems and damage.

Thanks to the storm there were approximately 3,700 power outages in the three counties and 2,500 alone in Greene County, said Alice Gordon, a spokesperson for Alabama Power.

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Crews were called in from Demopolis, Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Centreville and Winfield. There were damaged power lines in Akron, Eutaw and Greensboro, she said.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday 900 customers in Greene County still did not have power, said Danny Cooper, business office manager for Alabama Power in Eutaw. As of 5 p.m. Sunday 300 customers did not have power, and there were still some customers Monday morning with their power still off.

The storm occurred at Saturday approximately 4:30 p.m., said Sissy Langham, Greene County Emergency Management Director. There was still hail on the ground Sunday morning, she said.

No one appeared to have been injured in the area during what was described by Langham as a 10-minute storm.

Downed trees could be seen in a section of Highway 43 North between downtown Eutaw and the turnoff to Greenetrack. There was also tree damage on Mesopotamia Street in Eutaw.

A tree fell on the historic Clinton Baptist Church just west of Eutaw on Highway 39 South, and large trees fell all over the Jones residence on Highway 60 East in Akron.

There were unconfirmed reports in Hale County of a man trapped in his automobile by a falling tree, and fishermen trapped under a train trussle.

A horse owned by Rena Clibrey on County Road 7 was actually rolled over and over by the force of the strong winds. The animal survived the wind, the rain and the hail.