Severe weather impacts area, more on the way tomorrow

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

Wednesday afternoon quickly became an intense weather scenario for many in the Brantley and Glenwood areas. 

At approximately 3:41 p.m. the National Weather Service in Mobile issued a statement warning that strong thunderstorms would soon affect part of the county. At 4:50 p.m. a severe thunderstorm warning was issued with severe weather expected in the Brantley and Glenwood areas. 

The storm produced immense amounts of hail along with exceptionally high sustained winds which, according to the Crenshaw County EMA director Elliot Jones, reached between 90 and 100 miles per hour. This one storm cell was the source of reports from twelve locations that included downed power lines, fallen trees, and damage to three residences in the county. 280 Crenshaw County residents were without power at the peak of the outages and power companies are still working to restore power at this time. No injuries were reported.

Jones reminds residents that during this time of year a non-severe storm can become dangerous without warning and urges everyone to be weather aware tomorrow. 

“We are watching tomorrow’s weather event very closely,” Jones said. “The highest potential for the forecast severe storms will be from  mid-morning Thursday through the afternoon hours with the greatest potential along and south of the I-10 corridor. Just like today, these storms have the potential to create damaging winds and hail. The possibility of a tornado cannot be ruled out. We have to stay weather aware. Please continue to monitor news media and Crenshaw County  EMA social media for updates.”