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Butler County survives storms

Butler County escaped the brunt of a storm that left more than 30 people dead, including one in Alabama, as it swept across Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama on Friday.

While Butler County braced for the storm, and spent much of the day under various warnings, Emergency Management Agency Director Shirley Sandy said she had not heard of any damage in the county at this time.

“(There is not damage) that I’ve heard,” Sandy said. “I think I went around the county.”

There were also no power outage reports that Sandy has heard of either.

According to Michael Garrison, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, the numbers are going to continue to rise in the number of tornadoes produced and possible death toll associated with the storm.

As for calculating a final number, he said it’s going to take some time.

“We’ll post what we find for our area on our Web site as the information is finalized,” Garrison said. “If you go to weather.gov, you can just click on the individual offices around the county and on that map. They’ll start giving some information about what they have found out.”

As for the tornado that started in the Demopolis area and continued for more than three hours crossing the Georgia border, he said it is still being surveyed.

“We’re out surveying that one today,” Garrison said. “We’re looking at how many tornadoes it produced and they’re trying to figure it out today. It may be late this evening or even tomorrow before we know.”