Storms Bring Heavy Rains, Damage to Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Overnight storms dumped heavy rains on Alabama and caused scattered damage in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for nine counties early Wednesday after the Tennessee Valley received from 3 to 6 inches of rain. Flash flooding also was reported in the Birmingham area.

Heavy winds damaged a high school and elementary in the Walker County town of Oakman, although no injuries were reported. Damage also occurred in St. Clair County, where several homes and a church were hit in the Moody area.

Tornado watches and warnings remained in effect for parts of south Alabama.

Forecasters said temperatures would turn colder through the day, which a chance of wintry precipitation on Thursday. There's little chance for accumulation.

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