HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Strong storms moved across the Tennessee Valley Thursday morning and evening, bringing powerful winds.
It crossed Huntsville at rush hour, delaying traffic for hours in some places. Several neighborhoods have significant damage from the strong wind event from Lauderdale County all the way to DeKalb County (see further details below.)
Huntsville Utilities crews are still working to restore power, and have been working since the storms hit early Thursday evening. At the height of the event, there were an estimated 10,000 customers without service. As of Friday at 2:50 p.m. that number is down to 150. Presently, the largest concentrated outage area still affected is in the community of Elkwood Section and Madison Cross Roads in Northwest Madison County. Isolated outages are also being restored as fallen trees are cleared from power lines.
Crews have been working around the clock to address each of those situations as quickly and safely as possible. It is important to note that these outages are scattered all across Madison County, and crews are doing their best to get to each location to assess, repair, and restore power. Daybreak will help crews identify problems more quickly, but some customers will likely remain without electricity into the early afternoon hours.
If you’re a Huntsville Utilities customer, you can view a map of the outages by clicking here. If your power goes out, report it to Huntsville Utilities by calling 256-53-LIGHT (5-4448). Please do not report outages through e-mail or social media.
There are several neighborhoods with damage in Huntsville, in the area near Rolling Hills Elementary, between Pulaski Pike and Blue Spring Road. There are large trees down, some on homes, on Summerhill Drive, Nabors Lane, Lumary, Wayne Court and other nearby streets.
A tree also fell on a home on Medaris Road, but no one was hurt. On nearby Atkins Drive, same thing — a tree fell on more than one home, but no one was seriously hurt.
In Limestone County, several homes on Winfred Drive in Tanner had damage.
In Colbert County, the roof collapsed at a Sheffield dentist’s office.
In Lawrence County, several trees were blown down in areas of Courtland and Town Creek.