Authorities said that powerful storms swept through Alabama and Florida Friday, injuring six people and damaging several mobile homes. They also knocked out power lines.
Friday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Alabama and Florida. The primary threats were “intense tornadoes” and “possible scattered damaging wind gusts” of up to 70 miles per hour, the Weather Service said.
Officials will conduct a full assessment on Saturday to determine whether tornadoes caused damage, but the service will not be able verify that, according to Caitlin Fry, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Six people were injured and nine mobile homes were damaged in a storm in Atmore, Ala., which is about 50 miles northeast from Mobile, Sheriff Heath Jackson, Escambia County, said Friday.
“It looked like all the trailers just exploded,” Sheriff Jackson said of the scene. “The roofs were completely gone. The walls were gone. The mobile homes just mostly had the frames left, and half of those were turned upside down or bent in half.”
All those injured were taken into hospitals. Two people with more severe injuries were transported to Mobile hospitals. The injuries were not life-threatening and there were no fatalities.
One man was asleep in his mobile home when the winds picked up, and he woke up in the woods, Sheriff Jackson said, adding, “He’s alive and well, and he’s a very very lucky man.”
Ms. Ford indicated that the same storm system also caused Florida damage.
The National Weather Service received preliminary damage information from Okaloosa County in Fla.
Holt, Fla. was home to four homes and several trees. It is located about 40 miles northeast Pensacola. Holt also saw power lines fall and tree branches breaking through roofs. the Okaloosa Sheriff’s OfficeTweeted the statement. Although no injuries were reported, at least one mobile home was damaged. office said.
Source: NY Times