MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Officials at Alabama Power said about 8,600 people were without power after storms pounded the Mobile area on Thursday.
Officials said they expect to restore 90 percent of those outages by midnight between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21, and that the rest of the outages should be fixed by Friday morning.
A spokesperson for the utility said many of the outages were in the Midtown, Downtown and Prichard areas where crews will work through the night and into the day Friday to restore electricity for those effected by the storms.
The National Weather Service said on Thursday that its preliminary survey indicated that an EF-1 tornado touched down in the area . The storm caused damage to businesses, homes, trees and power lines throughout Mobile.
Residents are warned to stay away from power lines and not to remove debris from downed lines, should they see them.
The trial for Giuseppe Pino LoPorto continues today in Baldwin County. LoPorto, now 80-years-old, faces several sex abuse charges against a child dating back to the early 90s.
FOX10 News has learned William "Eddie" Patrick, captain of Mobile's First police precinct, has been demoted following an internal investigation.
A man who bought a bicycle three weeks ago finds out it was originally stolen, according to the original owner who reported it missing in October.
If you were in the Foley area Thursday, you may have seen a helicopter, police and K-9 units. That’s because a store in Foley was robbed this morning at gunpoint. Eventually, the search was called off. The suspect is still on the loose.
Pastor of Lifeway Community Church Mike McPherson says thieves stole presents that would have been given to needy children.
Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.