Some lose power as wind, rain pass through Calhoun County
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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About 148 Alabama Power customers were without electrical power in the Anniston and Jacksonville areas today, said Alabama Power spokeswoman Allyson Tucker.

“We are waiting for the worst of the weather to pass and then we’ll have crews out there working on it,” Tucker said at 4:30 p.m. “We’ll have people out there shortly.”

The outages were spread across Calhoun County, Tucker said, but many were located in the Choccolocco community.

Strong winds were to blame, Tucker said, but exact causes for the outages won’t be known until crews respond.

The power blinked off a couple of times mid-afternoon at the Aquatic and Fitness Center at McClellan but didn't stay off.

Mark Linhares, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Calera, said that the worst of the bad weather had passed over the Calhoun County area by the afternoon.

“At least severe thunderstorm-wise it looks like the atmosphere has been stabilized by this line of showers and a few thunderstorms that went gone across central Alabama,” Linhares said.

At times today, winds were in excess of 40 mph in places across Calhoun County, Linhares said.

A flash-flood watch is in effect for all of north and central Alabama, Linhares said, and he cautioned drivers to be careful on roadways.

“A lot of areas got an inch-and-a-half of rain,” Linhares said. “We may get some more overnight. Then another round of rain is expected Tuesday, so we may have to watch for that.”

Staff Writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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