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July 24, 2013

Alabama storms leave more flooding, toppled trees

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Powerful thunderstorms that moved across Alabama have left more flooding and toppled trees across the state.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service said rains of around 1 inch fell within 30 minutes during Tuesday's storms in the Montgomery area. That led to at least one location -- East Ogden Avenue and Norman Bridge Road -- impassable as water flowed across the road.

The weather service also received reports of several trees down and some minor structural damage in the Cloverdale community of Montgomery.

Authorities said winds from the storms were estimated at 45 mph to 65 mph in the Montgomery area.

After the storms, more than 27,000 Alabama Power Co. customers in central Alabama were without power, company spokesman Mike Jordan told The Montgomery Advertiser. Crews were busy working to restore service Tuesday evening, he said. There were about 14,000 customers in Montgomery and 2,200 in Prattville affected by the outages, he said.

Downed trees and power lines were reported in Millbrook, Elmore and Coosada, said Eric Jones, director of the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency. One home in Elmore reported a tree down on the house, Jones said.

In Prattville, two homes were reported to have been hit by lightning, said Ernie Baggett, director of the Autauga County EMA.

Soggy soil may be partly to blame for a tree falling onto power lines in Homewood, WBRC-TV reported. There were also reports of trees down in the Tuscaloosa area.

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