Storms cause damage in Walker County, northeast Alabama

PARRISH, AL (WBRC) - Severe storms caused damage to parts of Walker County and northeast Alabama late Saturday night, injuring several people.

About 11 p.m., emergency managers said a possible tornado damaged several homes, a garage and a few other structures in the Walker County town of Parrish.  The severe storm also caused damage to homes in Cordova and Sumiton and snapped several trees and power lines throughout the county.

No injuries were reported from that storm.

A tornado also touched down overnight in the DeKalb County towns of Albertville and Geraldine, injuring several people and causing major damage to several homes and buildings.

In Albertville, emergency managers reported damage to several homes, the BP gas station on Hwy 431 and a mobile home park across from the Albertville Elementary School.  The tornado leveled half a dozen homes in the Edmundson neighborhood.

The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency said the hardest hit area was in Geraldine, where at least 10 people were hurt from the storms.  Emergency managers said they are expected to be okay.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Charles Warren told WAFF there was some damage around Geraldine School.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Boaz Senior Center for anyone whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornado. The Boaz Senior Center is located at 112 Church Street in Boaz.

Severe weather was also to blame for several areas of damage in Cullman County on Saturday afternoon, forcing emergency managers to open shelters there.

The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency said two businesses, including Walker Building Supply, were damaged on Highway 31 in Hanceville Emergency managers said a possible tornado also caused damage in the Welti community on county road 747 between Welti and Baileytown.  Cullman County EMA Director Phyllis Little said several structures were damaged by trees and winds, including chicken houses blown across the road at Highway 639.  They also reported lots of downed trees and power lines, flooding and power outages.

Cullman Chief of Police, Kenny Culpepper, reported street flooding at Hart Drive and Boltee Road and a downed tree blocking the road on Young Street.

Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison said there was some wind damage and several flooding issues in town, but did not believe the damage was caused by a tornado.

Shelters opened to the public Saturday included the Cullman County Courthouse in Cullman, Vinemont-Providence Fire Department (Stations 1 and 2,) the city of Hanceville library, Garden City, and town hall at Good Hope.

The storms were part of a larger storm system that caused tornadoes across much of the southeastern United States on Saturday. Tornadoes killed 10 people and caused heavy damage to more than 100 homes in parts of Yazoo City, Miss., and was responsible for damage in 15 other counties across that state.

In Alabama, tornado damage was reported in the west Alabama town of Ward in Sumter County.  No one was hurt in that storm.  Strong storms also caused flash flooding in portions of Birmingham and Jefferson County and knocked a few trees and power lines down in a several areas across Alabama.

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