An apparent tornado struck a high school Thursday, trapping students under rubble and killing at least thirteen people, emergency officials said.
State emergency management spokeswoman Yasamie Richardson said the fatalities "are in relation to the high school but whether they are all students or some students and teachers we're not sure."
The school "appears to have been right in the path," said Paul Duval, meteorologist with National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla., which monitors southeast Alabama.
As many as 6 students are being airlifted to area hospitals and rescue crews are currently trying to reach students who remain trapped inside the building.
Tornado watches issued Thursday morning across Alabama led several school systems to close or dismiss students early. It wasn't immediately clear whether Enterprise was one of them.
The burst of tornadoes was part of a larger line of thunderstorm and snowstorms that stretched from Minnesota to Louisiana. In Nebraska, strong wind and heavy snow caused whiteout conditions in eastern Nebraska that forced the shutdown of 75 miles of Interstate 80. And twisters in Alabama and Missouri are being blamed for at leat two deaths so far.
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