Power outage hits 3,000 in area following severe weather

Published 4:10 pm Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Severe thunderstorms swept through the area on Thurs. morning.

With the storm came large amounts of rain and strong winds, resulting in power outages, flash flooding and extensive damage throughout the county.

On the City of Brewton Fire Department Facebook page, Chief Jeff Salter reported 22 calls in 4 hours. “In my 22 years this was a first,” he said.

Alabama Power reported 3,000 customers in Brewton and East Brewton without power at approximately 11:30 a.m.

“Alabama Power crews are working as quickly and as safely as they can to restore service,” said Beth Thomas, Alabama Power public information representative for the region. “We anticipate power will be restored to customers in the Brewton area by 6 p.m. this evening,” she advised.

Currently, Thomas said that roughly 600 customers are still without power and crews are working tirelessly to ensure the restoration.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience. We want to remind everyone that while our crews are working, we are also practicing social distancing in the field. If you see our crews, please remember to keep a 6-foot distance from them while they are working. Also, please remember to stay away from downed power lines,” said Thomas.

Crews worked to restore power all day.

Flash flooding occurred all over the local area. Many streets were blocked and traffic rerouted.
Standard photo/Barrett Edge

The creek level of Murder Creek following the morning storms.
Standard photo/Barrett Edge


Editor’s Note: Alabama Power covers the Greater Brewton Area. The information above pertains to the city of Brewton and the city of East Brewton.