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Storms cause large power outages in Lauderdale County

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Chelsea Allison was just about home late Wednesday night, driving onto Veterans Drive, when the skies opened up over Florence.

"As soon as we hit this bridge, it started just pouring down rain. And we were coming into the driveway and this pole right here started leaning," said Allison.

That was round one. Round two came three hours later.

"We heard lightning striking the tree back there.and everything simultaneously just kept falling," Allison recalled.

Power lines fell down on top of three homes next door. Florence Electricity Department personnel worked overnight into Thursday night to restore power to thousands of residents left in the dark.

Lauderdale County EMA Deputy Director Tim Greer said the big blasts of winds took a toll, but outside of outages, it was mostly just damage above the ground.

"A lot of trees, a lot of power lines that were down. Seems to be a lot more than we had during the April 27th incident. But a lot of this was straight line winds." Greer said.

There were several people in Allison's home, including an eight-month-old baby. When they heard the sirens they all jumped in a tub and prayed for the best. They say they are a little gun-shy after April's tornadoes.

"We were all shaking and the baby was crying. It was just awful," said Allison.

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