Strong winds damage businesses, church in Birmingham

Strong winds damage businesses, church in Birmingham

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Strong winds damaged a Shook and Fletcher Insulation Company warehouse located at 3700 1st Avenue North in Birmingham. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC Strong winds damaged a Shook and Fletcher Insulation Company warehouse located at 3700 1st Avenue North in Birmingham. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
A tree fell on the outdoor bar behind the main part of the Avondale Brewing Company. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC A tree fell on the outdoor bar behind the main part of the Avondale Brewing Company. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Many in Birmingham were working trying to recover from intense winds and storm damage Friday.

Work crews for Shook and Fletcher Insulation Company tried to cleanup what they could. The company has been at its location at 3700 1st Avenue North for three years.

Winds ripped off the front of the company's warehouse. The main section of the company was undamaged by the strong winds. The company hopes to meet customers calls and demands if need be in their Decatur office.

A short distance away is the Beloved Community Church in Avondale, a United Church of Christ. Part of the roof was blow off causing some water damage.

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"Of course it was devastating to us but we are thankful it is not worse than it is. Our neighbors were not hurt. Damage all around the area but it seems to be in the hands of God," Ed Boutwell church member said.

Pastor Angie Wright's home in Homewood was also badly damaged but she was at the church on Friday to assess the needs and find a place to worship on Sunday.

At Avondale Brewing Company, a tree slammed down and destroyed the company's outdoor bar. Workers were trying to clean up the area Friday so they could be open for weekend customers.

"I turned the corner here. Saw the tree on the back bar. As you can see we got people out helping us out, getting ready, making it safe for everybody. Hopefully we can open up soon," co-owner Hunter Lake said.

The main section of Avondale Brewery escaped any damage. Many people were thankful no one was hurt.

"The weather here in Birmingham, it's an event after an event," Lake said.

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