The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 11, 2013

Storms drench parts of Alabama, damage homes

Associated Press

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A crew from the National Weather Service plans to inspect storm damage in southwestern Alabama to determine whether damage to homes in the area was caused by a tornado or high winds.

Preliminary reports from the weather service indicate that homes were damaged near the small community of St. Stephens, a few miles outside Jackson. Survey crews were planning to assess the damage on Monday.

Forecasters say more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the Alabama -- and the totals are continuing to climb.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has received reports of 4.55 inches of rain in the Selma area as of 6 a.m. Monday. In Montgomery, 3.93 inches of rain had fallen through 6 a.m. Monday. Evergreen recorded 4.39 inches of rain so far.