BIRMINGHAM (Neisha Roberts) — While the storm system that blew through the Southeast late-November was a welcomed hope for rain for some in extreme drought areas, it was an unwelcome guest for others who were hit by 130-mph winds and damage that appeared to be from two EF-2 tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 30, the building of Rosalie Baptist Church, Pisgah, and surrounding areas were hit, according to Mark Wakefield, disaster relief and chaplaincy ministry strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. Although heavily damaged, Rosalie Baptist church members planned to meet for Sunday services Dec. 4.
Three people were reported dead at press time from storms that hit the area.
Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers from Sand Mountain and DeKalb Baptist associations were deployed to the area Nov. 30 and were working on chainsaw crews and putting tarps on roofs where needed, according to Wakefield.
Winston Baptist Association’s area also saw heavy damage near Arley and Ashridge areas. Volunteers from either Muscle Shoals Baptist Association or Colbert Lauderdale Baptist Association were to be deployed by the end of the day.
Damage also was reported in Madison Baptist Association and other isolated rural areas but Wakefield said the damage had “not precipitated a DR response.”
Gov. Robert Bentley also issued a statewide state of emergency following the storms that hit early morning Nov. 30 and additional severe weather throughout the day.
Look for a complete story in the upcoming issue of The Alabama Baptist.