Severe weather bypasses Dallas County

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 16, 2008


Clear skies are a welcome relief today after Thursday&8217;s threat of severe weather.

Selma endured a flash flood watch for part of Thursday, but no damage was reported in the city by late afternoon, said Tara Golden, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Birmingham.

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A tree limb fell on a power line around 11 a.m. in the Summerfield area, but the damage was repaired quickly, said Pam Cook, director of Dallas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Summerfield is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, but no other damage was reported after heavy rain rumbled through the area.

Rain-slicked streets accounted for one accident shortly before noon at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. An unidentified driver was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Police didn&8217;t have details Thursday afternoon.

Alabama endured the stormy weather after it raked Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday.

During the evening, a storm knocked down several large trees at the Texas Capitol in Austin and Blew out windows in the dome. Broken glass damaged a portrait of the states first lieutenant governor, Albert Horton.

Some schools in Louisiana canceled classes, and there were reports of minor flooding throughout the region as already-soaked ground could absorb no more rain. City workers in Hammond filled sandbags for people to use at home.

The storms had winds higher than 45 mph and dumped as much as 4 inches of rain, said Jim Vasilj, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The record-breaking rainfall began late Tuesday. In northwestern Louisiana, officials reported more than 10 inches of rain pounded Shreveport, flooding at least 125 homes.

About 12,000 people in Louisiana lacked power Thursday morning, according to Cleco Corp., an electric power supplier in central and south Louisiana.

In the Selma area, forecasters mentioned the possibility of a shower early this morning but do not expect any more precipitation until Sunday.

The low for tonight is expected to be around 58 degrees, with clouds clearing throughout the night.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.