Severe storm brings bizarre occurrence – WALA

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Puckett family said they have some cleaning up to do after some pretty wicked weather rolled through their west Mobile neighborhood Thursday.

Across the Gulf Coast, we’ve seen driving rain and gusty wind capable of producing some real damage.

Allison Puckett was home with her husband at the time. She said at one point, the weather got a little too violent.

Neither one of us has ever seen anything that fast, that suddenly,” she said.

Puckett said out of nowhere the rain and wind picked up, and started blowing sideways.

“I yelled for him, and I grabbed the dog. And, he realized too, ‘Oh my god is that a tornado?’ We didn’t know. We just ran in the bathroom and kind of waited,” she said.

Several of her neighbors said it got so bad, they took cover as well.

“It wasn’t loud. It was fierce,” said Yvonne Johnson, who lives across the street. “It was just a fierce wind, and the trees were just bowing down. And I was really frightened.”

Neighbors said the wind also slapped mud and leaves all over their walls, which now need to be power washed.

It even blew off many of the overhang panels from Puckett’s roof.

Puckett said her children were at O’rourke school just two and a half miles away, but were not impacted by the severe outburst.

Since there were no reports of tornados touching down in that area, we brought their concerns to FOX10 Meteorologist Jason Smith.

“Definitely a strong thunderstorm that was very brief and over a small area,” he said. “It’s a result of the downdraft wind which creates the possibility of a microburst.”

Neighbors said it was a scary situation.

Johnson said she hasn’t seen a storm like that before.

“Well I haven’t (seen a storm like that before),” said Yvonne Johnson, “and I don’t want to see it anymore.”

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