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Downed trees block highways in Perry, power outages in Hale, and damage to the Faunsdale Bar and Grill in Marengo as storms batter the Black Belt

Trees block Co. Rd. 45 east of Marion.
Damage at Faunsdale Bar & Grill.

Severe thunderstorms battered the Black Belt for the second time in as many weeks on Wednesday night, spinning up as many as three possible tornadoes in Perry County. A line of powerful storms, which also brought heavy rains and damaging straight line winds, caused damage throughout West Alabama as they traveled east across the state. 

As of the time of the publication of this article, the extent of the damage was not yet known. Thus far, the Herald is unaware of any reports of injuries resulting from the storms in Perry County, but trees and property have sustained damage. 

One of the potential tornadoes downed trees along Perry CountyHighway 45, blocking the road in numerous places near Hamburg. There were also reports of numerous downed trees in the Sprott area, where another potential tornado formed. 

In nearby Marengo County, the Faunsdale Bar and Grill’s Facebook page posted photos of serious damage to that restaurant’s building. The Bar and Grill, a landmark establishment in the tiny community of Faunsdale for decades, was set to host the Faunsdale Music Festival, the successor event to the famous Alabama Crawfish Festival, this weekend. 

In Hale County, property damage was reported in and near Moundville, where there were also power and internet outages throughout the town. Radar had not indicated tornadic activity in the area of that damage, meaning it may have been the result of straight-line winds instead. 

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