Alabama is the latest state to suffer from a widespread southern storm system as early morning thunderstorms packing tornadoes and high winds snapped trees, cut off power and left people trapped in home and vehicles.
Emergency management officials say two apparent tornadoes touched down in Marshall County, causing an undetermined number of injuries. High winds also damaged a hangar at the Birmingham airport.
In Tuscaloosa, workers cleared away downed oaks around the University of Alabama. Emergency officials report damage to numerous homes around Birmingham, and Alabama Power Co. say more than 260,000 businesses and home were without electricity.
Several school systems canceled classes, and even more delayed opening. Forecasters said tornadoes were possible later in the day.