Storm causes havoc

Trees down, power out across the area

A severe Thunderstorm that roared through the area Friday downed trees, damaged homes and cut off electrical power to more than 20,000 structures but there were no reported injuries.

Escambia County Emergency Management Director David Adams said all indications are that the damage was caused by straight-line winds and not tornadoes.

Adams said wind speeds were likely in excess of 70 mph in some areas when the storm came through.

"There were a lot of trees down and major damage to several houses," Adams said.

Crews from Alabama Power and Southern Pine Electric Cooperative were out in force afte...