PIKE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) – The city of Troy in south Alabama was struck by an apparent tornado Sunday morning, causing damage but no known serious injuries. The same storm system moved earlier across the South, claiming the lives of at least three people in Texas and Mississippi.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham issued a tornado warning for Pike County at 7:18 a.m. for a radar confirmed tornado. A survey team will investigate and assess damaged areas in the county Monday or Tuesday.
There will be one survey team today, heading to view damage in Shelby County. Monday (possibly Tuesday), additional survey teams will be sent to Tuscaloosa, Hale, Etowah, and Pike Counties. For official updates and information, check back at this link: https://t.co/mLV8NGYyOV
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) April 14, 2019
Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said there are no reports of injuries at this time. The city had reports of multiple outages around town, including Downtown, Butter & Egg Rd, Hunters Mountain, and parts of Country Club/Prospect Ridge.
The Pike County EMA is urging residents not to attempt to tour the storm damage at this time.
There were snapped power poles and downed lines across U.S. Highway 231 on the north side of Troy.
As seen in the photo below from the Alabama Department of Transportation, power poles were snapped on Highway 231 north of Troy. The vehicle you see on the right side appears to be a transport van from the lounge located across the street. It’s believed it was tossed across the road as the storm moved through.
Several businesses were damaged in the area of North Three Notch Street, as seen in the photos below.
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— Josh Johnson (@JoshWeather) April 14, 2019
There are also reports of trees down in the area and reports of mobile homes being damaged in Hunter Mountain Mobile Estates.
And we can report an update on a situation involving a vehicle wrapped in metal debris with its hazard lights activated on Central Street. The driver tells us she was driving along and then metal began to appear. She said she was screaming during the ordeal, but is ok. She waited on first responders to arrive before she got out of her car.