Tens of thousands of people are without power, dozens have been injured and multiple deaths are reported from fierce storms that ripped through Oklahoma and Arkansas last night.
The same system that is bearing down on Alabama produced a large tornado that slammed the small Oklahoma town of Tushka late Thursday, killing at least two and injuring dozens more, according to NBC station KARK in Little Rock, Ark.
Kushka, which has only 350 people and is about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, was left with no public school and many residents had to seek shelter with relatives, friends or churches serving as shelters.
In Bald, Knob, Ark. four fatalities have been confirmed including a 6-year-old was found dead under a tree that fell on his house. His mother, father and 2-year-old sister were not injured, according to KARK.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the WSFA 12 News viewing area. Strong tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are possible through late tonight.
Thousands of NASCAR fans are already in Talladega for this weekend's races. The Superspeedway plans to keep fans and campers updated by public address and jumbo-tron and is encouraging them to keep up with radio and TV, according to WBRC.
The track's chairman said he's sure the fans will know how to use good sense when it comes to rough weather.
"Everybody that comes and camps with us… You understand that some adverse activity could come across the state at some times," said Lynch.