Huntsville Alabama Tornado

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Huntsville Alabama Tornado, Two tornadoes have reportedly touched down in Alabama Friday, leveling houses and damaging a school and a jail, as a severe weather system continues to sweep across a region from southern Ohio through much of Kentucky into Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Huntsville police spokesman Harry Hobbs said people have been injured in Madison County and were being taken to hospitals in the area. He did not know the extent of the injuries, or how many people were hurt.

The NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has upgraded today to a “High Risk” for tornadoes across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys Friday afternoon and into overnight hours – that indicates a higher threat for than for February 29, when a string of twisters across several states killed 13 people.

Emergency management officials told CBS News that one tornado has touched down in Limestone County, and another in Madison County heading towards an elementary school in Meridianville.

Buckhorn High School and Middle School in New Market, Ala., have been damaged, with part of the roof torn off the middle school. The students are said to be safe – no injuries reported – according to CBS Affiliate WHNT, but a nearby farmhouse was reported completely destroyed.

Madison County officials have told CBS News of “major damage to several houses” in the area of Harvest and Monrovia, but there is no word yet on injuries. Officials told CBS News one of the twisters cut a 4-5 mile swath.

The Associated Press is reporting that several houses were “leveled” in one neighborhood in the Walker Lane area.

WHNT is also reporting the Limestone County Correctional Facility, a state maximum security prison about 10 miles from Huntsville, took a direct hit. The inmates remained secured, according to Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett. He told the Associated Press there were no reports of injuries but the roof was damaged on two large prison dormitories that each hold about 250 men.

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