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Apr 26, 2015

08:45:07 GMT--Power Outage - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: PW-20150426-47951-USA
Date / time: 26/04/2015 08:43:59 [UTC]
Event: Power Outage
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alabama
Location: Dothan
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 30000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy


A severe thunderstorm rolled through Dothan around 6 p.m. Saturday, knocking out power, powerlines and toppling trees over a large portion of town. "If you ride from the Circle to the courthouse, it's dark," Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said. "I've never seen anything like it." Houston County Emergency Management Agency director Steve Carlisle said about 30,000 Dothan and Houston County residents are without power. Carlisle said power should be restored in most areas late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. "We're trying to get our hands around it," he said. Carlisle said powerful straight line winds that tore through the county Saturday afternoon were the cause of the damage and power outage. Carlisle reported that a possible tornado may have touched down near Fieldcrest Apartments in South Dothan. Dothan City Manager Mike West said the damage appeared to be the worst in the southern and central areas of Dothan. Carlisle said no major injuries have been reported at this time, although there are a number of oxygen patients in need of electricity. Carlisle said a number of roads are blocked throughout the county and county crews are working to clear roadways. Culver said about 15 county roads are out. Local law enforcement have advised local residents to stay off roads if possible. Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz said the city has deployed additional police and fire units to maintain order and respond to calls for help.

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