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Tornadoes and winter storms affected Alabama

Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night. Strong winds downed trees and damaged buildings.The storms knocked out power to at least 15,000 homes and businesses in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Norris said in a tweet that troopers called Jacksonville a “war zone.” He said the arena’s roof “took major damage.” Jacksonville State University Athletic Director Greg Seitz wrote in a tweet that there was significant damage to campus, including to the newly renovated Pete Mathews Coliseum. Campus shelters were open to students. Fortunately most students are out of town on spring break. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey confirmed in a statement late Monday there was “significant damage” throughout the state.

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“There has been significant damage tonight in parts of Alabama. We are sending state resources to those affected areas, especially to Jacksonville and Calhoun County. We will continue to monitor and respond to needs in other areas as needed, " he said. He also asked people to stay off of the affected areas. Hundreds of cars were damaged by the storms. Cullman Police Department & Cullman Sheriff's Office has extensive damage to patrol cars. Many schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 20. There is a temporary phone outage in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning or watch for more than half of West Virginia's 55 counties beginning early Tuesday. Snowfall in amounts of 6 inches (15 centimeters) or more are possible.

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