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Tornado watches now cover parts of a half-dozen states

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 Tornado watches now cover parts of a half-dozen states -- Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
 
Forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma say they're bracing for what could be a dangerous tornado outbreak. One forecaster says it's the kind of risk they see maybe five times a year.
 
Already today, a maximum security prison in northern Alabama has been hit by a reported tornado. And authorities say several houses in the region have been destroyed.
 
Police in Huntsville says people have been taken to hospitals with injuries. Emergency managers say homes were "leveled."
 
At the prison, according to a Department of Corrections spokesman, there are no reports of injuries, and all of the inmates are secured. He says the roof was damaged on two large prison dormitories that each hold about 250 men. According to the spokesman a part of the prison fence was knocked down, but no one has escaped.
 
The storms come two days after a storm system killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
 

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