Strong Winds Take The Roof Off Athens School

Posted on: 9:17 pm, July 18, 2012, by , updated on: 10:39pm, July 18, 2012

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) Crews are cleaning up the damage after a storm blew through the Tennessee Valley Wednesday afternoon, knocking down trees, and blowing the roof off of the Athens Bible School.

Nearly 4,000 people were without power in Limestone County during the storm and there were flash flood warnings issued.The strong thunderstorm  dumped rain, brought strong winds, and lots of lighting.

The metal roof on the annex building at the school was torn from the rafters and tossed over the top of the main building, landing on the front lawn. Some of the metal roof hit windows, but damage appeared to be minimal to the inside of the structure. Several large trees were knocked over in the storm.

Other residents reported power outages, blown transformers and limbs on lines. Athens Utility crews worked throughout the night to get power restored. As of 9:00 PM a few hundred residents in isolated areas were still without power.

A home on Pepper Road was struck by lighting that sparked a fire. Firefighters say the fire was contained to the roof of the structure.

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