Jacksonville State University

Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

With violent weather plowing through the Southeast, the kitchen windows exploded at Richard Brasher's home in eastern Alabama.

Using couch cushions for protection, Brasher hid in the bathtub with his wife, daughter and two grandchildren as the storm passed near Jacksonville State University. The roar was terrifying, Brasher said: "I thought we were gone," he said.

Officials suspected a tornado was to blame for the damage there. With electrical transformers exploding and trees crashing down all around, Brasher, 60, said it felt like wind "picked up and shook the whole house."

"We were scared to death. It blew the paint off my house," he...

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