Morning sun sheds lights on Thursday night’s storm damage

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – As the light of day began Friday morning, residents in Priceville began assessing their homes, after Thursday night’s storms left behind fallen trees and power lines.

Driving around Priceville, you’d think you were in a war zone. Trees ripped from the roots, power lines strung around like licorice.

Most homes fared the storm with minor damage, but others became the final resting place for those trees, tossed like rag dolls. It was no different at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with a big footprint left behind. “It’s going to be a lot of work with all of the trees and limbs and debris around,” said Andy Crow, the church’s Missions Director.

Once that’s cleared, the work is only half done. “We got reports that the tombstones were turned over, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad,” said Crow. “Evidently it was really strong winds to knock over those stones as heavy as they are.”

Even a guardian angel didn’t make it past the winds, but this church member says the damage could have been much worse. “We actually just put a new roof on the church and that was completed just a few weeks ago, so it was good to know that the tree fell over the cemetery and not on the church, it’s really a blessing,” said Crow.

EMA officials are asking onlookers to please stay away Friday, as they continue to pick up debris and work to make sure the area is safe.