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Road to recovery

Despite the rain, volunteers across Alabama are helping tornado victims. Despite the rain, volunteers across Alabama are helping tornado victims.
Crews from across the Southeast have been working to restore power to the Tennessee Valley. Crews from across the Southeast have been working to restore power to the Tennessee Valley.
The curfew in Huntsville is lifted, but officers continue to patrol areas without power. The curfew in Huntsville is lifted, but officers continue to patrol areas without power.

The Road to Recovery

Lots of information to give you today as we continue our recovery efforts from last week's storms:

Rain is finally winding down from west to east. Meteorologist Brian Fowler says we'll have chilly but clearing conditions by later tonight as we drop into the 40s. We'll have sunshine and mid to upper 60s tomorrow. Brian will have your complete forecast coming up at 5.

Currently 70% of the city of Huntsville has power. According to Huntsville Utilities spokesperson Bill Yell, TVA is in the process of releasing more power to the Huntsville system.  They will be bringing more customers on line. They are not sure in what areas, but do anticipate all customers having 100% of power restored by daybreak Wednesday morning.

The curfews for the city of Huntsville and the City of Madison have been lifted effective immediately.  Police will however continue patrol areas without power in those cities. The curfew for Madison County remains in effect until further notice. That curfew is from 8 PM to 5:30 AM.

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to hold a news conference in Montgomery today. The governor is expected to speak around 6 o'clock tonight. Count on WAFF 48. We will carry the governor's remarks live during our 6 P.M. newscast. You can also watch our broadcasts live on WAFF.com.

We've heard from Huntsville schools about when they plan to resume classes. They are still dealing with some power outages and have decided to go back to school on Thursday. Jackson county schools will open at 10 A-M tomorrow. Madison City schools will open tomorrow. Madison County will also open Thursday and Scottsboro schools will open on Wednesday. You can check out an updated list on waff.com or our WAFF Facebook page.

Kroger grocery stores are helping storm victims by donating 250 thousand dollars for food relief efforts. The proceeds will go to help storm victims in communities across the southeast including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Kroger foundation will also match contributions up to 100 thousand dollars to The American Red Cross with money collected at registers.

Our coverage will continue tonight at 5, 6 and 10 PM as Alabama recovers from the storms. We hope you will join us. Stay dry and I will talk with you again tomorrow.

Kim Essex
News Anchor, WAFF 48
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