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Alabama: Powerful storms cause injuries, damage in Southeast as forecast calls for strong winds, hail and possibly tornadoes

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Alabama: Powerful storms cause injuries, damage in Southeast as forecast calls for strong winds, hail and possibly tornadoes


In Escambia County, Alabama, not far from the Gulf Coast, Sheriff Heath Jackson told CNN affiliate WEAR that six people were injured in the town of Atmore Friday morning, two of them in critical condition.

Jackson reported damage to nine mobile homes, including one that completely overturned during the storm about 50 miles north of Pensacola, Florida. He added that the National Weather Service will send a team to assess whether the damage was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds.

The same storm swept through Georgia on Friday afternoon and was making its way into the Carolinas.

The risk of severe weather stretches from the Ohio Valley to Florida, with large-diameter hail, gusts of up to 70 mph and tornadoes possible, with nearly 45 million people in the storm’s path as the storm moves east.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) noted that the forecast “suggests that tornado conditions will be ideal,” and that if the storms line up exactly, “then there is a potential for a strong tornado over a long distance.”

‘Very large hail’ likely

The storm is expected to continue moving east on Friday, from Columbus, Ohio, to Wilmington, North Carolina, and south to the Florida Panhandle.

The potential for severe thunderstorms could also affect the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, areas, where damaging winds and large hailstorms are likely.

“Large hail and wind damage is also possible in Ohio and north of the Tennessee Valley, some of which may have very large hail,” SPC said.

“Large hail and wind damage is also possible in Ohio and north of the Tennessee Valley, some of which may have very large hail,” SPC said. Hail larger than 2 inches in diameter is most likely to occur from southeastern Missouri to the northeast through western Kentucky and into southern Indiana.

“Some thunderstorms may also contain excessive rainfall resulting in a marginal risk of flash flooding (Level 4 1) in Alabama and western Georgia,” the Weather Forecast Center (WPC) said.

Most of the East Coast will start to rain by Friday night and continue into Saturday, the WPC said.

The center said widespread rainfall of “0.5 to 1” is expected across much of the eastern U.S. by Saturday, with localized thunderstorms higher, before improving from west to east in the early evening.

More severe storms are expected across much of the Atlantic coast on Saturday.

CNN’s Pedram Javaheri and Mike Saenz contributed to this report.

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