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Storm damage cleanup underway in East Alabama

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LEE COUNTY, AL  (WTVM) - Emergency management officials estimate dozens of trees were toppled and thousands were left without power after Monday night's storm in East Alabama.

A large oak tree was uprooted by Monday night's straight line winds, and blocked 10th Avenue in Opelika for much of the day.

Opelika public works crews say this is one of about 13 large oaks that tumbled over during the storm.

Many of them did fall on power lines but thankfully not on any houses in Opelika.

That was not the case in Auburn, where a large pine tree fell on Jessi Cole's home on Tullahoma Drive.

"We were just sitting watching TV and all of a sudden it sounded like something hit the front door," says Cole. "We got into the bathroom in case it got bad and looked out the window and all we could see was limbs."

EMA officials have reports that wind speeds reached up to 70 miles an hour in some parts of Lee County.

There were no reports of any injuries in the storm; however the severe weather is considered a contributing factor in a handful of automobile accidents.

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