National Weather Service surveys storm damage in Lauderdale Co.

National Weather Service surveys storm damage in Lauderdale Co.

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Entire trees were uprooted, fences torn out of the ground, and shingles ripped off of roofs. Entire trees were uprooted, fences torn out of the ground, and shingles ripped off of roofs.
ANDERSON, AL (WAFF) -

The National Weather Service visited areas of the Tennessee Valley Friday after a line of severe weather moved through the night before.

Storms can be unpredictable. In the Anderson community of Lauderdale County, every tree around one house had been damaged or knocked over, but there was no real visible damage to the home. Then, a few feet down the road, a few houses were hit by the winds and flying debris.

Traffic on County Road 86 stayed steady throughout the day as people in the community stopped to help their neighbors. Entire trees were uprooted, fences torn out of the ground, and shingles ripped off of roofs. The front windows in one house were blown out by the wind, and then just across the street sat a huge pile of debris.

Justin James said he was asleep. When they heard the roar of the wind, they went to their closet where they stayed just a couple of minutes before it was over. He said the clean up would be a lot harder if it weren't for the help of his neighbors. "We had a lot of help last night," James said. "Neighbors from down the road, people everywhere else coming around helping, it was just a blessing that no one was truly badly hurt."

A mother and a child were injured by the storm when the wind blew off the roof of their home. They were both taken to the hospital, and they're reportedly doing fine.

Crews closed a road Thursday night because of all the debris. The road was cleared and the piles of debris was moved to the side by Friday night.

Neighbors said the storm came and went without warning. Many said by the time they made it to their safe rooms, it was over. Community members spent most of the day helping to pick up the mess.

Brian Fincher, his young daughter, and pregnant wife were watching television when the wind storm picked up. Fincher said he got the girls to the closet, but went back for a light because the power was out.

"When I got in to the dining room, about the time I got in to it, that's when all the windows in the front part of the house just exploded,"Fincher described. "At the same time there was this horrible pressure on my ears rIght before it happened, and then it stopped and it blew me back into the couch from the dining room. At least I hit something soft"

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