Weather sweeps area

Published 7:37 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017

By Stephanie Snodgrass

The Brewton Standard

Monday, heavy rains and winds pummeled most of south Alabama. Locally, a few downed trees and power lines was the extent of damage; however, areas of Crenshaw, Conecuh, Covington and Butler counties experienced damaging straight-line winds. In Luverne, at least three businesses were without roofs and 80 percent of the town without power.

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Monday’s severe weather also means most Escambia County students are now looking at an added day in the classroom. Classes were cancelled Monday due to the weather.

Brewton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Varner said students will now attend classes on Good Friday, April 14, to make up the missed time.

Escambia County Schools Superintendent John Knott said he is working with the state education department for the best fit for the system.

“We hope to know (today) what that is so that we can inform parents,” Knott said.

Both superintendents – as well as most residents – are preparing for another round of storms today.

The National Weather Service issued a severe weather outlook through Monday as the risk of severe storms remains. Damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible with severe storms that develop.

Most of the severe weather should be in the area before 1 p.m. today.

As the week progresses, so does the sunny skies and warm temperatures.

-Stephanie Snodgrass