Apparent Tornadoes Tear Through North Alabama


By CBS 8 News

Apparent tornadoes destroyed houses, sent people to hospitals and tore up the roof of a maximum security prison in northern Alabama as bad weather threatened more twisters across the region Friday.


The weather comes two days after a storm system killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.


Anxiety mounted from Georgia to southern Ohio across a wide swath where forecasters said severe weather could hit later in the day. Thousands of schoolchildren in several states, including Alabama, were sent home early as a precaution.


In the Huntsville area, at least four people were taken to area hospitals.


The extent of the people's injuries wasn't immediately known. Emergency crews continued to survey damaged areas.


An apparent tornado also damaged a state maximum security prison about 10 miles from Huntsville, but no inmates escaped.

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