Severe storms to move into Alabama Thursday

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of students in Alabama are getting a break from school as a precaution against storms that forecasters say could spawn tornadoes and torrential rain.

Wary of the approaching weather system, school officials in Enterprise canceled classes Thursday. The system, with more than 6,000 students, has not forgotten the tornado that killed eight students at Enterprise High School two years ago.

At least six other school systems in rain-soaked southeast Alabama said they would release students early, before the storms are supposed to arrive, and three shelters opened in coastal Baldwin County.

The National Weather Service said there was a moderate risk of severe weather in Alabama from about 2 p.m. CDT through early Friday.

The weather service issued a tornado warning for Pike County,
but no touchdowns or damage were reported.

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