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Storms cause widespread damage across Alabama

Driver snaps photo of home damaged in Odeville, AL Driver snaps photo of home damaged in Odeville, AL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An early morning wave of thunderstorms packing tornadoes and winds blowing nearly as hard as a hurricane caused widespread damage across Alabama, snapping trees, damaging buildings and leaving more than 260,000 utility customers without power.

Emergency management officials say two apparent tornadoes touched down in Marshall County, leaving people trapped in homes and vehicles and causing an undetermined number of injuries. High winds also damaged a hangar at the Birmingham airport.

In Tuscaloosa, workers cleared away downed oaks around the University of Alabama. Emergency officials report damage to numerous homes around Birmingham, and Alabama Power Co. say more than 260,000 businesses and home were without electricity.

Several school systems canceled classes, and even more delayed opening. Forecasters said tornadoes were possible later in the day.

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