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Storms drop more than 5 inches of rain, damage schools in southeast Alabama


HEADLAND, Alabama — Storms dropped more than 5 inches of rain in parts of Alabama and damaged a school in Headland, prompting officials to cancel Monday classes.

High winds passed through the area around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, peeling the roof from the Headland High School Auditorium, Henry County Superintendent Lesa Knowles said.

Storms also caused leaks at the elementary school in Headland and power outages around town due to a few trees being knocked over, The Dothan Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1Hn0p2U ). The schools were closed Monday, and Knowles said the school board has called an emergency meeting later Monday.

"We are thankful none of our children were here, and we're thankful for the community giving us support," Knowles said.

"We had to get things out of the lunch room, for instance, and we appreciate all the help we've had from first responders. We have the roof covered right now in case of more rain," Knowles added.

By late Sunday night, weather stations recorded 5.5 inches of rain in Geneva County; 3.9 inches in the Headland area; and nearly 4.8 inches in Houston County, the National Weather Service reported.

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Dollar said it wasn't known whether the damage to the school auditorium was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.

"The main damage is there at the high school and elementary school in Headland," Dollar said of damage in the county.

"There's some small amount of road damage, and the best I can tell, two or three trees that were blown over," he told the Dothan newspaper.

Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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