Severe Weather

Storm Cleanup Continues As Another Severe Weather Threat Looms Thursday

While some are still cleaning up the damage left behind from Sunday night’s weather, another round of severe storms is possible Thursday. “We’re hoping for the best, but you know, we’re preparing for the worst,” Pike County EMA Director Herb Reeves said. The damage was still fresh Wednesday, and crews were still working in the aftermath. Reeves said the next…

1 Killed by Suspected Tornado as Storms Rake South

HEADLAND, Ala. (AP) – One person is dead after a night of severe weather blasted the Deep South. A south Alabama coroner says 61-year-old Jerry Oliver Williams of Henry County was killed when a suspected tornado hit a mobile home Sunday night. Rescuers found the man’s body under the wreckage, but his wife and child weren’t hurt. The death came…

UPDATE: Current Alabama Power Outages in Central Alabama

Update: As thunderstorms continue to move through Central Alabama, thousands of Alabama Power customers continue to lose their power. Alabama Power’s public information representative Michael Jordan, tells us that as of 9 p.m. the following areas are experiencing power outages: Tallapoosa County – 3,000 customers Chilton County – 2,700 customers Coosa County – 1,000 customers Montgomery County – 370 customers…

21 Tornadoes Hit Alabama Easter Sunday, More Expected Sunday

The National Weather Service says more than 100 tornadoes struck the South in a two-day outbreak that killed more than 30 people. Forecast teams checking for damage found 105 storm tracks that totaled more than 770 miles in all. The worst storm was a EF-4 tornado that was on the ground for nearly 68 miles and claimed seven lives in…

Tree Falls Onto Home In Montgomery

  A tree caused significant damage after it fell on a home in the Dalriada neighborhood Sunday evening. A Montgomery police officer tells us the storm knocked down at least 1-thousand trees in the city alone. If you have damage in your area and you can do so safely, please send us your pictures through social media, or to news@waka.com….

UPDATE: 125,000 Alabama Power Customers Are Without Service Statewide

UPDATE- As of 11:45 p.m. there are approximately 125,000 Alabama Power customers without service statewide.  In central Alabama, approximately  36,500 customers are without service. Initial reports of damage include limbs and trees falling into lines as a result of high winds.  Crews are responding to outages where it is safe to do so.  The following is a breakdown of where…

Tornado or Virus? Pandemic Means Tough Sheltering Decisions

Each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, and especially with severe weather potentially hitting our area this Sunday those are faced with a question: Is it better to take on severe weather outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the coronavirus inside one? Tornado-prone states including Alabama are recommending that people…

Storm Shelters Impacted by COVID-19

The Coronavirus outbreak will impact storm shelters in our area. Autauga County EMA Director Ernie Baggett tells Alabama News Network that fewer people will be allowed into the county’s shelters because of social distancing.  The county has two FEMA rated shelters at Boone’s Chapel and Posey’s Crossroads Baptist Church, but as of now Baggett says they will not be open…

Severe Weather: Elmore County Storm Opening If Needed Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Elmore County EMA says the “Safer Places” storm shelter will open if needed. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have questioned if storms shelter would be open with storms looming. The government has issued several social distancing orders and that has people concerned when it comes to storm shelters. The Elmore County EMA has released the…