Sen. Doug Jones says storm damage extensive, danger remains in Alabama

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As Tropical Storm Michael barrels through the Southeast, many homes, businesses and neighborhoods in Alabama are facing danger. Our Washington Reporter Alana Austin has the latest on the response from Senator Doug Jones.

Powerful winds and rain dropping destruction in Alabama. While the tropical storm moves on, many in Dothan and southeastern Alabama are dealing with power outages and heavy debris.

“Everything I’m seeing so far right now is that we’ve got a very robust response," said Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).

Jones says the situation is still dangerous for many. He recommends avoiding travel as much as possible.

“We’re just now getting out from under this right now, so we’re going to see how this thing goes and let people come in to help," said Jones.

Jones is heading down to Alabama and plans on visiting impacted communities. He says as of now state, local and federal response teams are working well together. But he says it may take some time before things return to normal.

“I think things are moving in the right direction," explained Jones.

Jones’ counterpart, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), tweeted Thursday, “Thankful for first responders and those working to repair the damage of #HurricaneMichael. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in Alabama and throughout the Southeast.”

Right now, FEMA estimates about a million are without power in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The storm has claimed a total of six lives so far.

Jones says you can reach out to his Dothan office in the federal courthouse for help. The number is 334-792-4924.

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