TENNESSEE VALLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – As storms rolled across the Tennessee Valley last night, our crews rolled into action. A young Limestone County family lost their mobile home to what appeared to be straight line winds.
WHNT News 19′s Al Whitaker raced through the worst of the storms to make it to the Big Nance Mobile Home Park, just below Wheeler Dam in Lawrence county, in time to see firefighters rescue several families from their damaged trailers.
That’s where some of the first damage reports came out of Lawrence County where a number of campers and mobile homes were destroyed. And that’s where we begin, with WHNT News 19′s Al Whitaker.
Red Bank Volunteer Firefighters had to cut their way to this trailer to free the couple inside. Downed power lines prevented them from leaving by a back door. They were okay.
“The house itself is okay, it just wiped the porch out,” said Glen Sharp as firefighters led he and his wife out of their trailer.
There were downed throughout the area, covering cars and snapping power lines. Several fell on campers like this one, one of many in the Big Nance area. Another family had to be escorted from their damaged trailer, the downed trees had blocked their escape.
At Coffmans Mobile Home Park in Limestone County, Jim Wilson and his young family decided at the last moment, at the urging of his father, to leave their trailer and go to one of the park’s two underground shelters. Minutes later, some one came in the shelter and told him his home was gone.
“Couldn’t believe it. I mean it’s just, couldn’t believe it. All these storms, year after year, they kinda miss us. One time, you’re gonna get it, and it got us. But we’ll be alright. We’ll rebuild and keep on keeping on,” Wilson told WHNT News 19.
At least two other mobile homes in the park suffered some damage, the result of what appeared to have been straight line winds. And while there were numerous reports of trees and power lines down, along with several reports of structural damage to a number of other homes and buildings, There have been no reports of injuries. Officials will begin making a full assessment of the damage later this morning. From Limestone County, Al Whitaker WHNT News 19.
Coffman’s Mobile Home Park is on Highway 99 in Limestone County. They have two underground shelters for residents, and both were almost full last night.
There are several reports of damage from the severe storms that have moved through north Alabama on Saturday evening.
The severe threat has diminished, but you’ll still have heavy winds and rain. Check our live blog on Valleywx.com
for the very latest.
Here are the latest updates on storm damage:
There are reports of some mobile homes hit in the Red Bank area of Lawrence County. WHNT News 19 has a crew on the way to get more information.
An elderly man and woman were trapped inside their mobile home by fallen power lines. This was on Highway 101 just south of the Wheeler Dam. Volunteer firefighters had to cut a hole in their porch to get them out, but fortunately neither of them were hurt.
-Report of mobile homes damaged along Highway 99
-Trees are blocking several streets in Athens, including Walnut Street, Sandra Lane, Elkton Street outside city limits, Hine Street south of Sanderfer Road.
-Piney Creek Road in Canebrakes flooded
-Some scattered power outages are reported in Athens, according to the Limestone County EMA.
-Power lines down at Newby Chapel and Glover Road.
-Several trees down throughout the county.
-7 Mile Post Road at Quinn is blocked because of a tree down.
-Sheriff Mike Blakely’s windshield on his patrol car was hit by a tree limb. He was not hurt.
-1 or 2 auto accidents happened between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. that may have been weather-related.