BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A falling tree hit a mobile home and killed an elderly woman as powerful pre-dawn winds blew through central Alabama early today, leaving thousands without electricity.
The Jefferson County coroner's office identified the victim as 71-year-old Juanita Greene of Leeds. Police reported the death about 3:45 a.m.
The storms left about 42,000 homes and businesses without power. Several school systems canceled classes or opened late because of the blackouts.
Downed trees blocked some roads, slowing travel, and numerous wrecks brought morning rush hour traffic to a standstill in metro Birmingham. The weather service issued a tornado warning for Lowndes County in south central Alabama, but no touchdowns were reported.
Forecasters said the storms moved ahead of a cold front that could bring a chance of snow flurries by early tomorrow.
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