Saturday storms damage parts of TN Valley - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Saturday storms damage parts of TN Valley

Posted: Updated:
Mobile homes in Limestone County were damaged by the storms. (Photo via Twitter: dy929) Mobile homes in Limestone County were damaged by the storms. (Photo via Twitter: dy929)

Saturday's storms brought some damage to parts of the Tennessee Valley.

The owner of Fisherman's Resort, just outside of Town Creek in Lawrence County, said there was an area full of campers wiped out. He said a woman had to be rescued from a flipped over trailer. There were no reports of any serious injuries from the incident.

Gloria Jeffreys is 80 and said when she tried opening her door to get to a storm shelter, a tree crashed down on her mobile home, trapping her.

Jeffreys said she immediately called 911, and first responders arrived within minutes. She said they were able to clear a path to her door and carry her to safety. She said she was in shock the whole time, and just wants to thank the man that helped her.

"I would tell him I owe him the world if I had it," Jeffreys said. "I was never as proud to see anybody in my life. I was just about home; I was just about ready to drop."

Jeffreys' trailer was totaled and she has no insurance. She said she will be staying with her son until she can get back on her feet.

Several power lines were down in the southern part of Limestone County, and Athens police warned that trees were blocking several streets, including Walnut Street, Sandra Lane, Elkton Street and Hine Street south of Sandefer.

The Limestone County EMA also said the storms caused widespread damage to residences and infrastructure, and there were numerous reports of trees down across the county. The EMA said two mobile homes were damaged west of Athens, and firefighters responded to a structure fire south of the city. There were also a couple of power poles down in the Segars community, and some power lines were down in the city of Athens.

In Elkmont, at the Coffman Mobile Home Park, Jim Wilson left his home with his family after his father called and urged them to held to a shelter just in case. At the last minute, they ran to one of the park's two underground shelters.

Once out, Wilson saw that his mobile home had completely caved in. He said he is glad he put his family first.

"I was glad to get my wife and my baby out," Wilson said. "That's the main thing; I was glad to get us out safe. All this can be replaced."

At least two other homes in the park also sustained damage.

The Lauderdale County EMA and the Colbert County EMA reported scattered power outages and trees down. The Franklin County, AL EMA said no major damage had been reported, but there were power outages and scattered trees down.

Huntsville Utilities reported large power outages in Madison County, the largest being in the HamptonCove/Big Cove area of southeast Huntsville. Madison County deputies reported closures due to power lines across roadways, including Cedar Point Road and Carpenter Drive in New Hope and Mitchell Moore Road from Charity Lane to Ed Beader Road.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Inside WAFFMore>>

  • WAFF Apps

    WAFF Apps

    WAFF offers several apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. All our apps are free to download and use. News apps iPhone iPad Android BlackBerry Weather apps iPhone Android We also provideMore >>
    We offer several apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. All our apps are free to download and use.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.