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Storm causes slight damage in Limestone

By Bayne Hughes · 340-2432

A Saturday evening thunderstorm brought reports of minor damage and power outages in Limestone County.

Andy Kula, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Huntsville office, said the storm, which dropped penny-sized hail in Southern Tennessee and Lauderdale County, tracked into Limestone County.

A falling limb broke a power line onto a mobile home on Flanagan Road in the Salem area in west Limestone.

The Limestone Sheriff’s Department reported a roof blown off the Southern States building on Shaw Road just west of Athens. Athens police reported brief power outages along U.S. 72.

The storm then weakened as it moved into Morgan County and across Decatur. The only damage reported was a tree limb blocking Forrest Chapel Road north of Hartselle.

The Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency did not report any damage.

A late-night storm Friday brought relief to an area scorched during the past weeks with 100-degree-plus weather.

Kula said some areas in Northwest Alabama reported as much as 5 inches of rain, but the storm weakened as it entered The Daily’s coverage area. Decatur’s Pryor Field recorded 0.03 inch during that storm and 0.13 inch during a 24-hour period ending Saturday at 7 p.m.

Kula said the thunderstorm threat should return again Sunday with a 30-percent chance of rain.

Temperatures dropped into the lower 90s Saturday and should move into the middle 90s Monday and Tuesday.

Kula said triple-digit temperatures could be in the past.

“If we get through this week in the 90s, I doubt we’ll see 100 again as we get into September,” Kula said. “But if our rain chances go away, I wouldn’t rule it totally out.

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