Lightning strikes Lawrence Co. EMA tower

Lightning strikes Lawrence Co. EMA tower
Tower struck by lightning in Lawrence Co. (Source: WAFF)
Tower struck by lightning in Lawrence Co. (Source: WAFF)

MOULTON, AL (WAFF) - A tower at the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency took a direct hit by lightning Tuesday night.

It happened around 10:25 p.m. at their operations center on Walnut Street in Moulton.

Reports indicated the strike hit a 100-foot tower at the facility. That tower has a video camera, TVA communications equipment, sirens and other items.

EMA officials said there was damage to portions of the tornado early-warning system and 911 phone lines.

Director Johnny Cantrell said residents were in no danger at any point, thanks to the quick actions of the 911 director.

"She was here monitoring everything, like we all were," said Cantrell. "We work together as a group. She immediately went into action replacing equipment. She got 911 up and functional really quick so they could operate and still dispatch."

Technicians are working to bring all systems up to full power as soon as possible.

Cantrell said everything should be back to normal no later than Thursday morning.

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