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Last updated 1:37AM ET
March 7, 2021
Saturday Storms Cause Damage
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Severe thunderstorms downed power lines and trees in Blount County, temporarily knocking out electrical power to about 1,600 homes and businesses. No injuries were immediately reported.

Doug Smith, deputy director for the county's emergency management agency, said most of the damage Saturday occurred in the southeastern part of the county.

Smith said trees and power lines are down in the Highland Lake area south of Oneonta. Store fronts in downtown Oneonta sustained wind damage.

Alabama Power Co. spokesman Michael Sznajderman said about 1,600 customers in Blount County were without power as of 1 p.m. Saturday.

Most of the outages were in Oneonta, he said.

Tornado warnings were issued for many parts of east Alabama through Saturday evening as the storm moved into Georgia, where major tornado damage occurred.

Winds damaged a house and a barn in the Spring Garden community in Cherokee County. The Sheriff's Office there said damage appeared not to be widespread. There were no reports of injuries.

The house appeared to be unoccupied at the time of the storms.

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