LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Most of us experienced heavy rain, winds and lightning as the storms moved through Friday morning.
In Lawrence County, a man in Hatton lost his poultry houses. Joe Gibson was injured when he ran to his truck with his young child in his arms, trying to get to a nearby shelter.
Gibson said a 2×4 piece of wood flew and hit him, just missing his 2-year-old daughter. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is okay, but shaken.
Gibson lives on Lawrence County Road 138. The strong winds wiped out his four poultry houses he had just remodeled. He had just bought the property recently and was planning to have his first load of chickens delivered next week.
There are hundreds of trees down in the area near the family’s home. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said there is a five-mile stretch of destruction.
Several roads are blocked by fallen trees and power lines are down, too. Joe Wheeler Electric has crews working to restore service as quickly and as safely as possible.
WHNT News 19 checked with the National Weather Service, who said the Lawrence County EMA has surveyed the damage.
“Based on the concentration of the damage and orientation of how the damage is spread out, it has been initially determined that this storm damage is the result of straight-line winds… not a tornado,” the NWS said in a statement. “Analysis of radar data supports this initial conclusion as well.”
The damage to the metal and wood chicken houses suggests maximum winds were estimated between 75 and 85 miles per hour.
Minor Storm Damage In Other Areas
Elsewhere, winds blew a trampoline onto a car in Hartselle, and some small trees were blown onto Highway 231 on Brindlee Mountain. Crews quickly cleared them for the road so they wouldn’t hold up morning traffic.
A tree also fell on a car on Sharon Street NW in Huntsville, off of Oakwood Avenue.
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