Roaring windsPublished 6:29pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013
When the wind howled and Barbara McQuagge’s mobile home began to shake Wednesday, she said she couldn’t help but think back to the Christmas tornadoes that ripped through Pike County.
“The wind lasted for a while,” McQuagge, who lives behind her business The BBQ House on U.S. Highway 231, said. “It was rocking the trailer.”
Weather alert sirens blared in Pike County just after noon Wednesday, alerting area residents to a possible tornado on the north end of the county, but McQuagge said she felt she only experienced heavy winds.
Although McQuagge’s home did not sustain any damage, repairs will need to be made to The BBQ House.
Portable signs were overturned and broken, despite having been secured with sand bags. Flags were left tattered by the raging wind and there was damage to fencing, building signage and neon near the roofline.
“It got bad out here,” McQuagge recalled. “We haven’t been able to evaluate everything because of the rain. I thank God everybody was alright. We can replace material things.
Pike County EMA Director Jeanna Barnes said widespread wind damage was reported in Pike County Wednesday. Barnes said there were downed utility lines in different areas and trees were down on the Troy University campus with reports of damage to cars.
The National Weather Service listed Pike County under severe weather warnings for much of the day Wednesday as a squall line moved through Alabama.