Update: Storm line that caused tornado in Troy, weakened in Russell and Muscogee counties

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Severe weather moved through East Alabama and the Chattahoochee Valley Sunday morning, leaving damage, power outages and, other problems in its wake.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the immediate News 3 viewing area.

Pockets of damage were reported throughout areas from Troy, Ala. to Phenix City, Ala., and Columbus, Ga.

That storm line produced a tornado in Troy, Ala.

The twister flipped a recreational vehicle onto its side and is blamed for damage to buildings, power lines, and street lights in Pike County near Montgomery Street.

Just before 9 a.m. EDT, the storm system that struck Troy was near Midway, Ala., which is 50 miles southwest of Columbus, in Bullock County. A tornado warning was issued for Bullock and Barbour counties. The storm moved northeast, heading out of Bullock and Barbour Counties.

As the storm made its way east, residents of Lee County sheltered together to wait out the storm.

“I’m just glad I have somewhere to feel safe,” said Dustin Carlisle, from Spring Villa, Ala. Carlisle was sheltering at Providence Baptist Church with his wife and daughter. No damages or injuries have been reported from Beauregard, Ala.

Strong upper level winds and thunderstorms swept through Russell County and radar registered debris in the air which triggered a tornado warning there.

The storm descended on Phenix City, Ala. where it damaged the Phenix City Waste Water Treatment Facility. High winds, possibly a tornado, significantly damaged the administrative building and laboratory. One employee was in the building at the time the damage occurred. Officials say he was not injured. His vehicle, parked outside, was damaged.

During the storm, officials report, some partially treated waste water from the plant spilled into the Chattahoochee River. Workers descended on the facility quickly to assess damage. Shortly after the storm moved out of the area, the plant was reportedly fully operational, according to Assistant City Manager Steve Smith.

Even though no tornado warnings were issued for Muscogee County, severe thunderstorms produced damaging straight-line winds across the Chattahoochee Valley.

“When it came into Muscogee County, the National Weather Service felt it was more of a wind event and not a tornado,” WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald said.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Muscogee County, Columbus, Ga., Fort Benning, and Harris County, Ga.

As the storm came over the river from Phenix City to Columbus, the power of the wind and rain weakened.

It still packed enough punch to knock down a couple dozen trees in Lakebottom Park. Heavy rains also cause Weracoba Creek to swell. Flooding occurred in parts of the park and on Cherokee Avenue. The water quickly receded. There was also flooding on 15th Street and 17th Avenue near the Civic Center.

Electricity lines were knocked down causing pockets of power outages. A Georgia Power spokesperson said at 1:30 p.m. EDT, there were 987 customers without power in Columbus. The largest concentration was in the Midtown area near Lakebottom Park. Check out the latest on power outages by clicking the link to the Georgia Power outage map.

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