MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Wicked weather ripped through the Theodore-Dawes area Wednesday morning. One man described it as "thirty seconds of pure hell."
The BP gas station that sits on the corner of Old Pascagoula Road and Theodore-Dawes Road seemed to take the brunt of the damage. The service station awning collapsed, trucks were flipped over and the roof was ripped off.
People gathered at Jake's Place across the street in awe of what had just happened.
"I been through some weather now, but nothing like that," said Larry Bosarge. "It was loud and we had just enough time to take cover."
Employees of the Church's Chicken huddled inside the building. Most of the glass in the windows had been shattered, and the sign outside ripped was to shreds.
One bystander said he saw a tornado form and went to find shelter.
Mobile Police and Mobile-Fire Rescue were all on the scene. Mobile Fire Rescue said everyone had been accounted for, and there were at least three minor injuries.
Bernie Fogarty with Alabama Power told FOX10 News around 12:30 p.m. about 5,600 people remain without power. The day began with 17,000 people in the dark. Fogarty says the toughest area is Theodore-Dawes where it's believed a tornado touched down. Around 1,800 people are without power there. He hopes to have power restored by midnight Wednesday or maybe sooner.
There is also flooding along Shell Belt Road in Bayou La Batre.
More reports of minor flooding are coming into the FOX10 Newsroom. The latest is at the intersection of Bellingrath and Bayou Jonas Roads in west Mobile County. Water has slowly made its way into the roads and stands a few inches high.
Mobile County has signs set up, warning people of the water.
Families along the area say anytime heavy rain makes its way through the area, the streets flood. They added that if the water gets any higher, they'll leave their homes and seek higher ground.
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