A maximum security prison in northern Alabama has been hit by a reported tornado. And authorities say several houses in the region have been destroyed.
Police in Huntsville says people have been taken to hospitals with injuries. Emergency managers say homes were "leveled."
At the prison, according to a Department of Corrections spokesman, there are no reports of injuries, and all of the inmates are secured. He says the roof was damaged on two large prison dormitories that each hold about 250 men. According to the spokesman a part of the prison fence was knocked down, but no one has escaped.
The storms come two days after a storm system killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
Forecasters have been warning of severe thunderstorms today with the threat of tornadoes crossing a region from southern Ohio through much of Kentucky into Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.