Storms Cause Scattered Damage, Heavy Rains in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Strong winds hit a school and skating
rink as storms raked across south Alabama today, causing minor
damage but no injuries.

A storm caused heavy damage to a Fun Zone skating rink in east
Montgomery, and a school had minor damage south of the city near
Pintlala, where television images showed downed trees and an
overturned mobile home.

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright says everyone at the skating rink
was accounted for, but two small children were sent to a hospital
as a precaution.

Bright says Montgomery's main post office also was damaged.

It wasn't immediately clear whether tornadoes or straight-line
winds caused the damage. Schools dismissed students early in north
and east Alabama ahead of the storms, which prompted a daylong
tornado watch.

Three homes and a business were damaged by heavy winds north of
Chatom in Washington County, and as much as four inches of rain
fell in Baldwin and Monroe counties in a few hours, causing homes
to flood in Monroeville. Minor flooding also was reported near

The storms were part of a system moving into the state from the
west. At least eight people were hurt in Mississippi, and one
person was killed in Louisiana.

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