More suspected tornadoes flattened homes and cut power to parts of Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee on Friday, two days after deadly storms killed 13 across the South and Midwest.
Emergency officials said at least two dozen people had been injured in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area, and homes had been torn to their foundations, CNN reported.
An apparent tornado touched down in Madison County, Ala., damaging homes and raining golf ball-sized hail on residents. Local schools were on lockdown as the storm passed, an emergency official told CNN.
Near Huntsville, Ala., at least five people were taken to area hospitals, Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press.
Some 30,000 to 35,000 people were without power, MSNBC reported.
“Temporary shelter is being set up,” Paige Colburn, emergency management officer at the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency, told MSNBC. “The storm has passed the county, thank goodness, and we are now working on response/recovery, life-saving and property-saving procedures.”
In adjacent Limestone County, at least one apparent tornado was reported, Cindy Adams of the local sheriff’s office told CNN. One suspected tornado touched down at least once before authorities could sound a warning siren, she said.
A corrections official told the AP a reported tornado hit the Limestone Correctional Facility. No one was injured, but the roof suffered damage and part of the perimeter fence had been knocked down.
Tornadoes were later reported in Indiana and Kentucky, although there was no immediate word on damage or injuries, according to CNN.
The states were among many that forecasters warned may experience severe storms and twisters on Friday.
The strongest tornadoes were expected to hit southern Indiana, central Kentucky and northern-middle Tennessee later Friday, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
The tornado outbreak that began Tuesday night left 13 dead across Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee and battered parts of Kentucky as well. The latest death was reported in Kansas, where authorities said 53-year-old Richard Slade died Thursday from injuries suffered when a tornado struck Harveyville on Tuesday night, according to CNN.
Tornadoes have left widespread damage in Southern Indiana and a sheriff’s official says at least one town of about 1,900 people is “completely gone.”
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Spokesman John Erickson confirmed three deaths in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Shelly Jones says houses are missing near the unincorporated town of Chelsea, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Ky.
National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock there’s “extreme damage” in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people just north of the Kentucky border. Destruction can be seen for miles and a school district spokeswoman says heavy damage has been reported at Henryville High school.