Tornadoes Tear Through Alabama

    A woman looks over damage as people salvage what they can after a tornado destroyed homes in their neighborhood Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill. The tornado that blasted Harrisburg, killing six, was an EF4, the second-highest rating given to twisters based on damage. Scientists said it was 200 yards wide with winds up to 170 mph. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Seth Perlman / AP Photo

    Two days after a storm system killed 13 people in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, several tornadoes reportedly tore through northern Alabama on Friday, leveling houses and forcing 20 school systems to close. A Huntsville police spokesman confirmed that injured people were being taken to hospitals in the region, though he didn’t know how many there were or how badly they were hurt. The National Weather Service warned of tornadoes, heavy winds, flooding, and large hail from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

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