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One storm ripped through Jackson County in northeastern Alabama, causing destruction over a 1.5-mile path, knocking down power lines and mangling mobile homes near the community of Rosalie. "We can't tell what kind of damage we've got (due to the dark ...


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over a 1.5-mile path, knocking down power lines and mangling mobile homes near the community of Rosalie.A suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, Alabama, on WednesdayAt least three people died in the state "We can't tell what kind of damage we've got (due to the dark)," Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips told CNN affiliate WAFF-TV in Huntsville.var id = '//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'.replace(/\s+/g, ');!!document.getElementById(id) || (function makeEmbedScript(d, id) {var js,fjs;js = d.createElement('script');js.id = id;js.charset = 'utf-8';js.setAttribute('async', ');fjs = d.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);js.src = '//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';}(document, id));Ider Christian Daycare Academy also wiped out completely pic.twitter.com/RwiZrk1oYc— Jake Berent WAFF (@JakeBerent) November 30, 2016 Jackson County Coroner Harry Laney told CNN that local officials and law enforcement have started to assess the damage to homes and treat injured residentsA search-and-rescue team has begun looking for others who may have been injured.Read Morevar id = '//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'.replace(/\s+/g, ');!!document.getElementById(id) || (function makeEmbedScript(d, id) {var js,fjs;js = d.createElement('script');js.id = id;js.charset = 'utf-8';js.setAttribute('async', ');fjs = d.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);js.src = '//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';}(document, id));Radar update 145am: Severe storms continue across the TN Valley this morning60+mph winds, a brief tornado possible with linepic.twitter.com/4UybijudFh— NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) November 30, 2016 Much of Alabama, northwest Georgia and Tennessee remained under a tornado watch Wednesday afternoon.var id = '//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'.replace(/\s+/g, ');!!document.getElementById(id) || (function makeEmbedScript(d, id) {var js,fjs;js = d.createElement('script');js.id = id;js.charset = 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residence," Colbert Heights volunteer Fire Chief EJ Lindblom told WAAY"But nobody got seriously hurt and nobody has lost any life so we got that to be thankful for."Shelter from the stormMore than 50 miles southeast, about 70 people in Winston County were thankful to be alive after seeking refuge in a storm shelterThe shelter, installed three years ago, was built following a tornado outbreak in April 2011."My family, we left our house about four minutes before it got here," Christopher Hood, a Helicon volunteer firefighter, told CNN affiliate WBMA-TV in Birmingham"..It was standing room, rubbing elbows only."Hood could hear the wind whistle scream over the top of the shelter as debris smacked the exterior of the structure, damaging cars outside."It was just like a drum on the insideAnd it was loud, it was really loud," Hood said.The shelter survivedHowever, the adjacent Helicon Community Center, a new building that had just been completed, was destroyed.Thousands without power in 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