Strong storms cause sporadic damage across northern Alabama - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Strong storms cause sporadic damage across northern Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Intense thunderstorms brought gusty winds, lightning, and torrential rainfall Thursday night to people across the northern Alabama, causing damage in a few locations.

The majority of reports were north and west of Birmingham. In Jasper, police said storms caused damage to the Eastside Baptist Church's sign on Highway 118 near the Jasper Mall. Pieces of the sign could be seen all over the parking lot of the church.

Gusty winds were blamed on many downed trees and power lines, including on a home in Fultondale, on a storage building in Leeds, and along Minor Parkway in Jefferson County. Trees and power lines were also reported down in Tuscaloosa, Lamar, Marion, Sumter, Walker, Winston, Fayette, Etowah, and Blount counties.

Around midnight in Ensley, a car lost control and fell into Village Creek. Officers say all of the passengers were able to exit the vehicle safely. Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews are waiting on the sun to rise so they can remove the car from the creek.

In Homewood, crews are working to remove a mess made by fallen trees near the library on Oxmoor Road.

Alabama Power says they have 7,003 outages in Birmingham, 8,817 in west Alabama and 6,325 in east Alabama. They say crews are working constantly to restore power in those areas.

No injuries were reported with any of the storms in Alabama.

The storms were part of a large storm system that brought severe storms to the midwestern United States on Thursday and was forecasted to move towards the eastern United States on Friday.

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