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Cold blast follows after strong storms cause heavy rains, minor damage in Alabama


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Temperatures plummeted across Alabama Monday after storms left flooding and scattered damage across the state.

Crews from the National Weather Service were being sent to Pike, Bullock and Russell counties to determine whether tornadoes snapped trees and caused other damage in those areas, reported.

Temperatures fell as much as 15 degrees from midnight until morning rush hour, according to reports from the weather service. And forecasters say overnight lows could drop to the mid-20s as far south as the coast.

The cold blast followed a line of storms that toppled trees and power lines in south Alabama.

In Washington County, the emergency manager informed the National Weather Service that homes were damaged and campers overturned and some roads in the area were blocked.

Birmingham recorded about 3½ inches of rain Sunday and Monday, and even heavier rainfall totals were reported around the metro area.

Floodwaters covered some roads, and heavy rains were blamed for a small landslide in Hoover.

Even colder weather is on the way, forecasters said.

In the Huntsville areas, low temperatures are expected to fall to around 22 degrees by early Tuesday morning, with temperatures climbing later Tuesday to a high of around 33, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere in Alabama, lows early Tuesday are expected to be around 22 in Birmingham; 25 in Montgomery; and around 26 in the Mobile area.

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