Lauderdale County Storm Damage

Most of the damage in Lauderdale County occurred in the southeast area near Vimville and Long Creek. Ten years ago in this same area, a devastating tornado caused similar destruction. Storms Thursday caused extensive damage along Long Creek and George Butler Roads.

One of many mobile homes destroyed in the storm was on George Butler Road. Forty-three-year-old Jeff Carmichael lived there alone. He says shortly after arriving home, he fell asleep and woke up near his washing machine. During the ordeal he did receive some injuries.

"He was cut up pretty bad but said he's OK as far as he could tell," said his brother.

Also on George Butler Road members of the Reed family say they are lucky to be alive after a huge tree crashed into their kitchen.

"We were in the kitchen fixing cookies and brownies and I heard a loud noise and said 'Let's get out of here!' We then jumped into different rooms and it just took the whole back side of my house out!" said the homeowner.

The Reed's home was the only part of the home completely destroyed when the tree crashed. No one was seriously hurt.

Meanwhile, on neighboring Long Creek Road this trailer was overturned while on Causeyville Road several homes received roof damage.

In all, County Emergency Management director Clarence Butler says about 15 structures were damaged in the southern part of the county.

"We have power lines down and a lot of damage by Long Creek Baptist Church. We have a couple of homes over there heavily damaged and trees across the road," said Butler.

Despite extensive damage, Butler says no major injuries were reported.


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