11:22am

Tue April 29, 2014
WVAS Local

Storm Damage

Alabama was again in the crosshairs of a major spring storm system that is blamed for causing major damage in dozens of counties in the north, west, central and eastern sections of the state.  A line of severe thunderstorms moved slowly to the east producing widespread damage from straight-line winds and tornadoes.  The hardest hit areas include Limestone County, just north of the Tennessee line where two people died after a twister pummeled an area west of Athens.  According to the latest storm reports from the National Weather Service, a confirmed tornado touched down near Hamilton in Marion County, several houses were damaged.  A suspected tornado and straight line winds caused heavy property damage in Sumter, Pickens, Fayette, Walker and Talladega counties.  In Jefferson County, a possible twister touched down in the Kimberly Community where the town fire department was destroyed.  A tornado also was confirmed in Graysville and Adamsville. 

State of Emergency

Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.  Bentley said in a statement last night that the declaration covers every county in Alabama, and that heavy damage has been reported in some areas that were in the path of a suspected tornado. The governor says 100 Alabama National Guard members are on stand-by and are ready to help in impacted areas if necessary. 

Security Gap

Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website.  The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.  The company is working on a safety fix which it will provide in an upcoming software update.