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Trees block lengthy portion of Hwy. 84 after stormy weather

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Grove Hill Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Phillips cuts tree out of Highway 84. Clarke County EMA Photo

Grove Hill Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Phillips cuts tree out of Highway 84. Clarke County EMA Photo

A storm blew through central Clarke County midafternoon Tuesday. Trees were downed on Highway 84 and the nearby Zimco Road west of Grove Hill and on Old Highway 5 north of town. There were reports of trees down elsewhere around the county as well.

Several trees were down on Highway 84 around Crescent Lane and westward to Harrison Road. Alabama Department of Transportation workers and Grove Hill volunteer firefighters and others worked to clear the roadway and it was soon reopened.

Bill Hearn lives just off of Highway 84 in the area and said it got pretty rough. He said the storm passed right by his house and he had some damage.

Old Highway 5 also had trees across it. The entrance gate to Virginia Harrigan’s was struck by a fallen tree and part of it broken and a brick column damaged.

There were numerous reports of power outages.

There were no reports of any injuries. It isn’t known if there were any structural damages.

It isn’t known if the downed trees were caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

There were reports of tornadoes elsewhere including in Elmore County, Perry County and other areas in central Alabama.

A second wave of bad weather came through before daylight Wednesday morning.

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