Violent Storm Damages Elementary School, Post Office, Homes, and Businesses Across East Alabama and West Central Georgia
Baseball player injured at a Community College in Phenix City, Alabama
A Chattahoochee Valley Community College baseball player injured during the storm.
When the baseball team ran out to the drag the tarp onto the field, a gust of wind lifted the tarp and wrapped the player, dragging him and banging him up.
According to the team’s head coach and parents of players, centerfielder Brandon Hill was transported to the hospital where he will remain overnight.
“He’s banged up and sore,” reported his coach. But, as far as team leadership and parents know, Hill’s injuries are not reported to be life threatening.
Damage reported at Brewer Elementary School on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Columbus, Georgia.
No injuries were reported at Brewer Elementary School.
First Responders on the scene.
Windows blown out of 12 cars in the parking lot of the school.
Massive oak trees uprooted.
No building damage.
Children and teachers are all okay — shaken up — but no one injured at Brewer Elementary.
Principal Moore reports that their tornado drills paid off.
They reacted quickly to get children to the interior portions of the building.
They opened windows of the building to equalize pressure, too.
Across Muscogee County Schools no injuries are reported to students, teachers, or staff.
Children and staff are safe.
All after school activities at all schools canceled in Muscogee County Schools.
All schools will dismiss at regular times.
Some school drainage pipes damaged.
Trees on and near school property knocked down.
Despite widespread damage throughout the WLTZ viewing area, no injuries were reported in Muscogee County, Georgia only one in Phenix City, Alabama, none in Russel County, Alabama, none in Eufaula, Alabama,
Trees down, power lines down, and widespread power outages reported in throughout Columbus, Georgia. At 1:45pm EDT, some 32,000 Georgia Power customers in the Columbus area were without power.
Power outages were also reported in Fort Mitchell, Alabama following the storm.
The “spider web” area of Columbus, Georgia near MLK, Jr. Boulevard and St. Mary’s Road was particularly hard hit during the short-lived, but violent weather event.
Ace Hardware on St. Mary’s Road was without power. Workers their could look outside and see lots of downed trees and downed power lines.
There was a power pole down at the intersection of Zeron Street and St. Mary’s Road.
A large oak tree took down power lines at the intersection of Robin Road and St. Mary’s Road.
A tree fell onto a house on Kingfisher Drive.
A tree fell on to a house and was blocking the road on Bob-a-Link Drive near Robin Road.
A metal shed was blown down onto trucks at Valley Fir and Redwood lumber yard off Morris Road in Columbus, Georgia. Workers at the business say at least one-quarter of their inventory has been damaged.
At approximately, 1:30pm EDT, a wreck reported on Highway 280 North just past Highway 147 near the Opelika, Alabama city limits. Two tractor trailer rigs and a box truck involved in the crash. Traffic slow.
At approximately 1:30pm EDT, the left lanes of Interstate I-185 at the Aiport Road exit were flooded. Muscogee County Deputies had the lanes blocked and were directing traffic around the water.
At 12:15pm, AFLAC employees huddled for shelter in the interior portions of the building.
A Facebook Fan of WLTZ reports damage to the Avalon Apartments at 3737 Cussetta Road in Columbus, Georgia.
At approximately 1:15pm EDT, a witness on Airport Thruway in Columbus, Georgia reported rain, thunder, and lightning but no damage in view. Shortly thereafter, storm debris was reported in that area.
Damage reported to the Eufaula, Alabama Post Office. Metal roofing and other debris was blown onto the building and vehicles in the parking lot. No injuries reported.
The storm hit around 11 a.m. CST in Eufaula and Police Chief Steve Watkins believes straight line winds caused the damage.
Eufaula Police were encouraging people to stay at home and off the streets as the cleanup takes place.
Storm damage was also reported in Talbot County, Georgia. Power lines were down on Woodland Highway. Power outages were reported in the area.
The gallery of pictures below will be updated with damage photos all afternoon.
A line of dangerous thunderstorms is moved through East Alabama and West Central Georgia at midday on Monday.
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