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Strong storms, possible tornadoes smash buildings, batter Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi

More than 35,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Strong storms with high winds and possible tornadoes toppled trees from Mississippi to Georgia on Tuesday, smashing buildings, blocking roads and causing power outages as utility lines fell.

The National Weather Service reported “considerable” damage in George County, Mississippi, from a storm that was moving eastward toward Mobile with a likely tornado. Emergency management director Nancy Smith said trees hit at least two rural homes but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

“The dispatchers are still busy answering all the calls coming in,” she said.

Multiple trees were down across central Alabama, including Birmingham's southern suburbs. A barn was destroyed in rural east Alabama, the weather service reported.

More than 35,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, where the weather service said winds up to 60 mph were possible.

Forecasters issued a series of tornado warnings and a tornado watch as storms moved eastward toward the Atlanta area. No injuries or touchdowns were confirmed, but the weather service said the threat would continue through late afternoon.

Temperatures were expected to fall into the mid-40s overnight after storms passed, the weather service said.