Franklin County Emergency Management Director Abe Cook

Five injuries from Wednesday night’s severe storm are being reported by Franklin County Emergency Management.

Emergency Management Director Abe Cook said the injuries occurred in the Sullivan area, and three of the people were transported to the hospital by ambulance and two transported themselves.

Cook would not discuss the nature of the injuries because of medical privacy matters but said they were minor.

Cook added that the Salvation Army put a couple of people in hotel rooms for the night. This could have been because the residents could not get access to their homes, he said. The Red Cross also assisted in some areas, he said.

The First Baptist Church in Union and Sullivan both had roof damage, and Cook said he heard that the structures were occupied for Wednesday night services. But no one was injured.

Other reported damage occurred at the Sullivan Airport and the wastewater treatment plant.

The bulk of the damage appears to have occurred in the Sullivan area, he said. But there is damage throughout the county with downed trees, billboards and signs, he noted.

Two mobile homes parks in the Sullivan area also had damage, Cook said.

Franklin County Emergency Management is now trying to get a full scope of the storm damage, Cook said. He said if power outages go on long enough they can bring rise to other problems, especially with medical situations.