Storm Ushers in Cold Weather for Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Residents cleaning up after tornadoes and strong storms that caused widespread damage across south Alabama had to deal with today's cold weather and blustery winds.

Highs that were in the 70s as the storms passed gave way to high temperatures in the 40s and low 50s, making for a miserable day of hauling away debris and cutting up downed trees.

Gov. Bob Riley toured the worst of the damage in Montgomery, where an apparent tornado demolished a skating rink that doubled as a day care center. Only two of 31 children inside were hurt, and none of the four adult workers was hurt.

Riley was amazed by the strength of the storm, which Montgomery television station W-S-F-A says the National Weather Service had determined was an F-Two tornado with winds of between 120 mph and 150 mph.

Officials say the tornado cut a path across the area four-point-35 miles long and 250 yards wide.

Riley says it can pick up an automobile from the post office, put it in the air 100-150 yards and dump it inside, calling it "just amazing."

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