Storm causes damage to church in Tuscaloosa County

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COKER, Ala. (WIAT) — Wind was definitely a factor in the storms that came through Tuscaloosa County.

Letters from a church bulletin board were blown off by strong winds and were scattered all over the parking lot.

Unknown object or objects smashed through the church’s sign. Winds also blew off the church’s steeple.

“We just experienced a fire in our gym a few months ago, so we’re in the process of rebuilding there,” said worship leader Stan Henson. “So it’s a little surprising, but we’re thankful no one was here.”

With trees and power lines down everywhere, the Red Cross came out to assist others dealing with wind damage, like Sarah McDaniel.

Her back porch roof cleared her house, flew across the street and smashed against the trees.

“You could hear debris going everywhere. It was a big roaring noise, just for a few seconds,” McDaniel said.

In the early morning, some motorists braved the washed out roads.

A few hours made a big different in one neighborhood off Highway 171.

As far as the church is concerned, CBS42 spoke to some church members, and they say that they are expecting to be able to have services as they do every week next Sunday.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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