Storm rips through Saraland, damage reported

SARALAND, Ala. (WALA) – Officials confirmed a strong thunderstorm swept through Saraland around 4:00 p.m. and damaged several buildings on Jacintoport Boulevard, just behind the Saraland Police Department on Highway 43.

Saraland Police told FOX10 the Marshall’s Biscuit Building received extensive damage when the storm’s strong winds ripped large pieces of the metal roof completely off. The sheet metal landed in the building’s parking lot, damaging a number of cars and shipping trucks.

One witness told FOX10 they saw those pieces of metal swirling through the air during the storm.

“It was big strands of sheet metal, we’re talking 10 to 15 feet of sheet metal just flying in the air,” said Wayne Butler, who saw the storm while he was at work, “it’s something that you would never see in your life.”

Police said several other buildings were damaged in the storm.

“But, we’re still working to determine what actually occurred and how much damage we do have,” said Officer Gary Cole with Saraland Police.

Cole told FOX10 News that as of Saturday evening, there were no injuries reported from the storm.

One witness called the FOX10 Newsroom to say some of the employees at Marshall’s Biscuits building laid down in a hallway when the wind and the rain were at their strongest.

 

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