Associated Press Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Crews were assessing possible damage in the Birmingham area after thunderstorms slammed the area as a tornado watch was issued for areas southwest of the city.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham received several reports of houses damaged along 24th Avenue North in Birmingham early Monday morning.
The reports indicated that roofs were blown off homes, and some power lines were down.
The National Weather Service was predicting that storms in parts Alabama would intensify by 10 a.m. Central Time. A cold front was expected to move through the state Monday evening, when the severe weather threat is expected to end.
The tornado watch issued Monday morning covered 14 Alabama counties and was to be in effect until 3 p.m. Central Time.