Severe Weather Strikes the Longest Yard Sale and Central Alabama
The longest yard sale is an event that most look forward to each year. However, severe storms caused serious damage all over central Alabama. Etowah County experienced bad storms today with damage and debris.
Reports of clothes and other merchandise that were to be sold were either destroyed or damaged by the storm. The yard sale which is 690 miles, is scheduled to go through Sunday. However, with the amount of damage done, that may or may not happen.
“I was leaving Alabama City, which had at that time no power due to storm damage. I went toward my home on Tabor Road but wasn’t able to get to my home because of a tree that had been knocked down, and traffic was backed up. It was tremendous," said lifelong Gadsden resident Betty McGriff.
McGriff went on to say, she was forced to leave her car and walk the rest of the way to her house because there was no passable way to get her car home. "Power lines were down and Gadsden City police were working to get things taken care of.”
When we spoke with Ms. McGriff, neither her home nor her community on Tabor Road had power. Etowah County was not the only area with power outages. Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Fayette, and Jefferson counties reported outages.
Alabama Power reported that over 25,000 customers were affected by the storm. Also, the number of customers is constantly updated.
Photo credit: Harmony McGuire
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