Apparent Tornado Hits Southeast Alabama town, School Damaged

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - An apparent tornado damaged a high school in Enterprise today as a violent storm front moved across the state.

State and weather officials say there are early reports of injuries at the school and the downtown area.

Enterprise High School was damaged when a possible tornado moved
through the southeast Alabama town, and police were trying to determine if any students were trapped inside, according to state Representative Terry Spicer of Elba.

Spicer says he's been talking with local officials, who reported that there was significant damage to the school, with the gym's roof heavily damaged.

Martha Rodriquez, a 15-year-old sophomore at the high school, said she had left the school about five minutes before the storm hit. When she returned, she said that "a hall at the school collapsed, and there were kids inside."

She did not know if any were injured.

She said the stadium was destroyed and there were cars tipped over in the parking lot and trees were ripped out.

At Miller's Ferry in west Alabama, trailer homes were flipped over and trees downed by a storm that caused "extensive damage," according to Bernadine Williams in the Wilcox County Emergency Management Agency office. She did not know if there were any injuries.

Paul Duval, meteorologist with National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, said the school appears to have been right in the path and there were early reports of students being trapped at the high school.

Duval said it's going to be a long night because the storm will continue moving throughout the area.

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