Severe Thunderstorm Sweeps Across Alabama

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms packing potential tornadoes and brief downpours swept across Alabama, with at
least two houses destroyed in Escambia County.

The National Weather Service warned of tornado threats and 70 mph winds in several areas, including near Montgomery, Selma, Andalusia, rural Coosa County as the storm system moved into Georgia.

A large and very dangerous tornado was reported eight miles southeast of Troy, moving northeast at 50 mph.

In Escambia County, near the Florida border, two houses were destroyed and trees snapped in half by a possible tornado in the rural Dixie community, the weather service reported.

No injuries were immediately reported.

In Covington County, Assistant Emergency Management Agency director Jeremie Shaffer in Andalusia said the storm damaged some structures on the west side of the county and downed some trees on U.S. 29. She said no injuries were reported.

A tornado watch was in effect until 8 p.m. for southeastern Alabama, but the storm stretched from Mobile to Huntsville.

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