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Trees down, power lines down due to severe weather

OPELIKA, AL - Severe weather drenched parts of East Alabama and the Valley with rain and strong winds Thursday afternoon, but one family has a large tree in their living room after the storms ripped through their neighborhood.

Tara Ingram told News Leader Nine she was shocked to see the extent of the damage with the tree causing the roof in the living room to begin to sag.

"I didn't expect it either. I knew there were some bad storms coming through but nothing to this matter," said Ingram.

This mom is grateful no one was home and that her two children are safe.

"They were sick yesterday. They were home from school. So, it could have happened yesterday. It's good that it did today. I'm just glad we weren't here," said Ingram.

She is not alone.  Her neighbors along West Point Parkway are cutting up trees in their backyards. 

In Lee County, Alabama Power says about 2,000 people were without power mid-afternoon, 900 in Russell County and 300 in Valley.  Rita Smith with Lee County EMA says they have reports of damage mainly in the Opelika and Smiths Station area.

"Sporadically it started with some traffic lights, some power lines down, some debris, and trees in the road, tops of trees--normally if there is a dead tree they'll snap," explained Smith.

She says this shows how dangerous weather can be even thunderstorms.

"That's why we're educating of citizens about precautions to take for safety like having a safe room, a place to go, and knowing that your children know what to do because it does happen fast."

Ingram and her family will not be staying in the house until repairs came be made, but she says their family will help them.

"Anytime something happens like that, we always try to pull together to do what we need to do to get through it."

Harris County also had reports of trees down.  The National Weather Service has not reported any tornadoes in the area.  Alabama Power says most outages have been restored and local EMA say no major injuries were reported because of the storm.

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