Storms leave 5,500 without power in Dallas County.

Published 4:13 pm Saturday, January 11, 2020

Storms raged across the region Saturday afternoon, leaving thousands without power and causing untold damage.

Dallas County Emergency Management announced an end of the earlier-issued tornado watch watch around 3 p.m. and Selma Police Department (SPD) Chief Kenta Fulford has stated that there are currently no reports of storm damage in the city.

However, according to Alabama Power, as of 3 p.m., there were 5,500 power outages across Dallas County.

Across central Alabama, roughly 19,500 Alabama Power customers were without power following the storms, including 7,400 in Montgomery County , 1,100 in Perry County, 470 in Wilcox County and 280 in Lowndes County.

Damage assessments are ongoing, but initial reports of damage include broken poles and downed wires.

Alabama Power officials recommend that people stay away from downed or law-hanging wires and stay clear of areas with fallen trees or limbs where lines may be hidden.

Fulford noted that traffic lights are down at Highland, Marie Foster and Old Down, adding that he expects Alabama Power to be on the scene removing trees across lines shortly.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.