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Homes and buildings damaged as storms roll across the South

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WINFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Homes and buildings were damaged and trees were blown down as a line of intense thunderstorms rolled across several southern states, authorities said.

In the west Alabama town of Winfield, an emergency manager reported damage to structures were damaged during the storms Wednesday evening.

“Downtown Winfield is a dangerous area and multiple agencies are on scene," the Marion County Sheriff's Department said in a statement on social media. “There are confirmed live power lines down."

Police ordered people to stay out of the downtown area as officers and sheriff’s deputies worked to assess the damage.

In northeast Alabama, another emergency manager in Etowah County reported that a pole barn was destroyed and at least two homes were damaged during the storms.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storms.

The storms prompted tornado watches and warnings Wednesday evening, though it wasn’t immediately known whether tornadoes or high winds caused the damage in Alabama Wednesday evening.

Tornado watches had been issued Wednesday for parts of several states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

As dawn broke Thursday, several strong storms were still threatening parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as the system continued to move east.

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