Injuries, storm damage reported near Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials say an apparent tornado has caused damage and injuries in Alabama as storms move across the Southeast.

The Mobile County Emergency Management Agency says it's unclear how many people were hurt when the storm struck near Theodore Wednesday morning.

EMA officer Donald Leaf says what appears to be a tornado damaged a strip mall and gas station. Cars are overturned and power lines are down, and Leaf says both natural gas and ammonia leaks are being reported.

To the west, the severe weather has already spawned three tornadoes in the New Orleans area and dumped seven inches of rain in parts of Mississippi. Strong winds accompanying thunderstorms in eastern Tennessee ripped part of the roof off a school.

The Louisiana tornadoes touched down early Wednesday. Forecaster Mike Shields says one tornado touched down about 10 miles southwest of Bush in St. Tammany Parish around 5:20 a.m. - injuring one person, damaging a house, destroying a trailer and knocking down trees. Emergency officials say the woman suffered a cut on her head.

In Mississippi, reports of damage have been sporadic but no deaths or injuries were immediately reported by the Highway Patrol or emergency officials.

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