SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Tuesday night, Sylacauga was suddenly hit with a severe weather outbreak causing power outages in several northeast neighborhoods.
Sylacauga Utilities Board member Ronnie Collier told SylacaugaNews.com it could be some time before all power is restored.
In the Fairmont neighborhood, Britt Robbins and his family were inside their home when the power went out.
“It got real windy and rainy. I was inside the living room with the kids and we didn’t have any warning or anything and then suddenly the window was shaking real loud,” said Robbins. “So, I got the kids and went into the hallway and we sat in there for a second until it cleared and then the wind stopped. We went outside and the only thing I saw was the trash can knocked over in the front yard. Thirty minutes later, I came outside and noticed the fence was ripped up in the neighbor’s yard and noticed the trampoline was missing.”
About thirty minutes after SylacaugaNews.com arrived on the scene, the trampoline was found in a field behind the house about 200 yards away.
“The thunder was totally loud,” said Braden, Robbins’ son.
“I didn’t think it was a tornado. I thought it was more straight line winds after I saw the damage,” said Robbins.
“It could be a couple of days worth of work,” said Collier.
Collier said if you see a power line, do not touch it. Call the Sylacauga Utilities Board immediately at 256-249-0372 or dial 911.
Stay tuned to Yea!106.5, WYEA!1290, and 98.3 Fox FM for updates.
UPDATE: May 24, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
SylacaugaNews.com reached out to Sylacauga Utilities Board general manager Mitch Miller after complaints of continuous power outages across the city.
He said there are currently 10 different outages affecting 142 customers, and the majority of the damage is in the Taylor Estates, Valley View, and Overhill Areas. “We have numerous trees down and at least eight power poles that are broken and must be replaced,” Miller said.
In addition to SUB working to restore utilities to customers, Miller said additional crews have been brought in to assist with the removal of downed trees and replacement of broken power poles. “We are doing everything that we can to have the majority of the customers restored by nightfall. However, the restoration time is hampered due to there being limited access to the power lines as a result of landscaping and fencing,”
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