NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) - Damage, power outages and injuries were reported as fast-moving storms tracked through North Alabama Thursday night and into early Friday morning.
The storm spawned several tornado warnings in Mississippi before entering the Shoals around 7 p.m.
As the storm progressed through Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, high winds caused trees to fall and several power outages were reported. Local emergency management agencies report that utility crews are aware of outages and are working as quickly as possible to restore power.
The Lauderdale County EMA reported a roof blown off of a house off of Highway 287 and County Road 86 in the Anderson community. Authorities said the injury was to an 8-year-old boy who suffered a non-life-threatening laceration to the back.
In Limestone County, debris covered the northbound lane of U.S. 31 near Hobbs Street. There also was a tree down on Shilling Street, blocking the road.
Athens police advised motorists to use caution during the dark hours as debris may still be present in roadways. Officers were out checking roads through much of the night.
The Limestone County Sheriff's Department temporarily closed U.S. 72 from about Clements High School to the Elk River bridge because of debris.
Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High School in Limestone County will be closed Friday due to seven snapped power lines in the area that cut the power, according to Karen Tucker with the school system.
Huntsville Utilities spent much of the evening attending to a large outage in the northwestern corner of Madison County caused by trees on power lines, as well as scattered clusters of outages throughout the metro area.
60 mile-per-hour winds were recorded around Mentone as the brunt of the storm passed over the Sand Mountain region after midnight, spawning a tornado warning shortly after 12:30 a.m.
As the storm system passed through North Alabama and straight-line winds dissipated, flooding became the major concern as heavy rains continued to pass over already-soaked areas.
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