Tornado Damages Homes, Injures Eight in Alabama

At least eight people received minor injuries after an apparent tornado touched down in southeast Alabama early Tuesday, knocking out power lines, damaging at least four mobile homes, and turning over small airplanes at an airfield, officials said.

A line of severe thunderstorms packing high winds and rain moved into Alabama from Mississippi Monday evening, pushing into south Alabama early Tuesday and doing the most damage in Henry County, said Bob Goree, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla.

A twister apparently touched down in the county at about 6:45 a.m., Goree said.

"It's pretty likely that it was a tornado that moved across the area," he said.

Most of the damage was in the Haleburg and Headland areas, where winds knocked out power to businesses along Highway 431 and turned over small airplanes at Headland Airport, officials said.

Radio station WOOF in Dothan, quoting Henry County Emergency Management director Paul Brown, said most of the injured live in the Haleburg area.

Brown said several structures were damaged and numerous trees were downed by the severe storm. Law enforcement personnel are asking motorists to stay out of damaged areas in eastern Henry County until further notice.

There were reports of additional minor damage, such as downed trees, in Houston and Pike counties.

The storm system moved into neighboring Georgia on Tuesday, with some storm damage also reported in Early County, Ga., near the Alabama line.