Tornadoes Touch Down in Southeastern US

Posted March 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials with the U.S. National Weather Service say tornadoes touched down in the states of Kentucky and Indiana Friday as severe weather moved over a seven-state region.

Media reports say there were injuries and heavy damage near Louisville, Kentucky.

Tornadoes touched down earlier Friday in the state of Alabama, sending some residents to hospitals. One of the twisters damaged the roof of a maximum-security prison. Authorities say despite significant damage to the roof and the prison fence, none of the more than 2,000 inmates escaped.

A devastating tornado struck the Huntsville area nearly a year ago. Soon after Friday's twisters hit near the same place, resident Tara DuBose-Schmitt, a teacher and mother of two, said , “I'm rattled.”

Tornadoes were also confirmed in central Tennessee Friday. Dozens of school systems sent children home early to avoid possible strong winds, heavy rain, and large-sized hail as well as tornadoes. Tornado warnings were issued for a number of counties across central and eastern Tennessee.

The severe weather comes just two days after tornadoes cut a path of destruction through the central and southern parts of the U.S., killing 13 people.

The powerful storm system tore through neighborhoods in the states of Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee on Wednesday, and spawned tornadoes in Kansas and Kentucky.