Damage reported in southern Houston County following early evening storm


HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Evening showers brought storm damage to southern Houston County resulting in hail, strong winds, and downed trees.

Just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, a strong weather system moved along the Florida-Alabama line. The storm dropped hail and winds believed to be in excess of 50 miles per hour across the Madrid and Cottonwood area.

Downed power lines and trees blocked several sections of B.J. Mixon Road in Madrid. According to local emergency officials, the National Weather Service reported the damage was caused by straight-line winds.

At the time of the storm, the area was under a severe thunderstorm warning.

Utility crews were quickly on the scene working to restore power to homeowners in the affected communities.

“It went on across, I called the National Weather Service to tell them what we had,” Madrid Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chan Elliot. “They said we see it. It’s going across the state line, three or four miles wide. Then the power went off.”

There have been several reports of residential property damage around the southern half of the Houston County.

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