Chilton County avoids damage from storms

Published 3:56 pm Friday, April 12, 2013

Although no damage was reported in Chilton County from a line of storms that produced a deadly tornado in Mississippi on Thursday, 600 Clanton residents did lose power.

According to Mike Jordan of Alabama Power, 550 Clanton residents lost power for 30 minutes after crews worked quickly to get the lights turned back on.

Jordan said the remaining 50 customers had to wait an hour and a half as crews worked to repair all of the reported outages in Clanton.

“The outage was fairly limited in terms of time,” Jordan said. “It was a fortunate thing.”

The possible threat of severe weather caused Chilton County Schools to dismiss at noon on Thursday, and Chilton Christian Academy and Jefferson State Community College also closed early.

The National Weather Service also placed Chilton County under a tornado watch from noon until 7 p.m.

The storms moved across Mississippi with one confirmed death and caused tornado warnings in several north Alabama counties.

Chilton County EMA director Bill Collum reminded everyone that storm shelters throughout the county are not unlocked under a severe thunderstorm warning but are opened when the county is placed under a tornado watch.

In the event of a tornado warning, someone will be at each shelter to man the shelter and take record of those using the shelter.