Storms damage homes, knock out power in Georgia

Tornado hits Alabama college town ahead of big Southeast storms

AccuWeather meteorologists warn residents from Charleston to Savannah to be prepared for possible power outages and property damage as the storm moves through.

The Federal Aviation Administration placed a ground stop at Tampa International Airport for a time Tuesday afternoon because of storms sweeping the Southeast.

Tom Culley, emergency management agency director for Grant County, said the temperature changes between March and April can create severe storms. A statewide tornado drill will be taking place at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday as an added measure for preparing Hoosiers. Meanwhile, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans Tampa Bay, had to be closed because of high winds, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Numerous buildings across the city were damaged, including West Point Baptist Church and some areas of Jacksonville State University's campus including the Coliseum at Jacksonville State.

In Ardmore, Alabama, the storm collapsed roofs and entire homes.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several counties in the north Florida and south Georgia area.

Daybreak revealed widespread damage after a night of violent weather in the Deep South. It wasn't immediately clear how many were without power in Georgia and Tennessee.

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EMA office assistance Julie Pattison said they are always tracing live updates and are in communication with the National Weather Service.

Possible tornadoes and large hail caused damage there.

The storms traveled through the state, passing through Huntsville and Cullman by 8 p.m. and striking Calhoun County around 8:55 p.m., AL.com reported.

The University of Alabama suspended operations Monday from 6:30 p.m.to midnight, meaning classes and campus activities were cancelled, libraries closed and shelters were opened on campus. Highs are predicted in the lower 50s, and wind gusts as strong as 30 miles per hour are likely, along with rain.

Just west of the metropolitan Metro Atlanta area, Jacksonville, Alabama was ravaged by severe weather, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

Downed trees and power lines and some pretty significant hail damage in parts of the Southeastern U.S. We are sending state resources to those affected areas, especially to Jacksonville and Calhoun County.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office Lt. Andy Norris said in a tweet that troopers called Jacksonville a "war zone".

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