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Tornadoes, strong winds injure four in southern Alabama

Severe storms with up to a half-foot of rain are expected this week in parts of the Appalachians and the Southeast.
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Four people were injured Sunday when a Southern storm system sent a tornado ripping through an RV park in coastal Alabama, authorities said.

The National Weather Service said two tornadoes were tracked through Baldwin County on Sunday. One of them, in Foley, about 20 miles southeast of Mobile, caused widespread damage, Fire Chief Joseph Darby told NBC affiliate WPMI of Mobile.

Darby said that five RVs were overturned and that four people were injured at Anchors Aweigh RV Resort. The extent of their injuries couldn't immediately be determined.

Image: Fort Walton Beach damage
Zoe Irizarry surveys damage at her home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on Sunday.Devon Ravine / Northwest Florida Daily News via AP

WPMI aired video of a large RV or truck flipped on its side.

"I could see the rain suddenly turning horizontal and the wind really picked up and our camper started to shake and then I told my husband — I grabbed my dog and told my husband — let's get down because something is going on," Peggy Stanton of Michigan, who was visiting Foley with her husband, told WPMI.

The tornado was part of a severe weather system that threatens to douse the Southeast with heavy rain through the early part of the week, the National Weather Service said. Rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected in the southern Appalachians, where flood watches have been issued through Tuesday morning.

Locally heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding to a larger section the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic through Tuesday night, it said.

Severe winds, including at least one possible tornado, were also reported in northern Florida late Saturday and Sunday. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's said numerous trees were down, especially in Fort Walton Beach, where city officials said City Hall was damaged by a fallen tree.

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