According to Alabama emergency officials, seven people died across Alabama, including five at Enterprise High School. More than 50 people were injured in Enterprise which is approximately 90 miles south of Montgomery.
Beverly Daniel, director, Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, said the storms began moving through Cherokee County Thursday earlier than anticipated.
While the storms dumped almost two inches of rain in the area, no major damage or injuries were reported, she said.
"There were storms all over the state," said Daniel. "The potential was there for some major destruction."
Lower-than-antipated temperatures, Daniel said, contributed to heading the major storms off in this area. If Thursday's weather conditions were sunny and warmer, the sun's heat could have made the atmosphere more unstable. The weather, however, was cloudy and rainy through out the day.
"We were very lucky," said Daniel.
Sarah Bright, spokesperson for Cherokee Electric Cooperative, said few power outages were reported. The wind snapped one power pole on Lookout Mountain.
"We had about five cases," said Bright. "We had our trucks supplied and ready to go in case something happened. But we're glad we didn't have to use them.