BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Possible tornadoes, heavy winds and rain knocked down trees and power lines knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the Birmingham metro area.
As of 9 p.m. Friday, outages were about 8,800 statewide with 5,200 in the metro Birmingham area.
Alabama Power crews said they were working, and would work around the clock, to restore power. They released the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to those affected by Thursday’s devastating storms across the state. We can rebuild where damaged, but there is no replacement for the loss of life. Alabama Power stands with those affected and will work with community partners to help with the recovery. Our storm team expects to have more than a thousand linemen and support personnel from across the Southeast on the ground providing mutual assistance to restore power. We expect to have 95 percent of customers who can receive service to be restored by Sunday.”
To report an outage, visit AlabamaPower.com, use the AP mobile app or call 800-888-2726.