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The Latest on the winter storm system affecting a broad swath of the Midwest and Southern U.S. (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

An Army spokesman says a suspected tornado left a trail of damage at an Army post in southeast Georgia.

Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said a twister downed trees and damaged vehicles and some buildings Wednesday evening, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known. Larson said no injuries had been reported.

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The National Weather Service said there were reports of a tornado moving northeast at about 35 mph, and tornado warnings were issued for three counties west of Savannah.

Fort Stewart is the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River. Much of its land area is uninhabited forestland.

Storms moving across Georgia on Wednesday were part of a system reaching from the Gulf Coast nearly to the Great Lakes.


12:30 p.m.

Several Nebraska schools and businesses remain closed for a second day as workers attempt to reopen snow-covered roads.

The Nebraska Roads Department said Wednesday that a 275-mile stretch of Interstate 80 is closed from Ogallala east to Lincoln. Other highways also remain closed as snowplows push aside ice, slush and snow from the massive storm that developed across the state Tuesday.

The National Weather Service reports that more than 18 inches of snow have been recorded in the city of Grand Island and nearly 16 inches in nearby Hastings, both in south-central Nebraska. The northeastern Nebraska communities of Verdigre and Wayne had 16 inches of snow, with 14 inches reported in Norfolk.

Utilities report that electricity has been restored to almost all of the more than 20,000 customers who lost power.


11 a.m.

Federal authorities say a tornado damaged the administration building of a women’s prison in Alabama, but caused no injuries to inmates or the staff.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Wednesday that the administration building was running on generator power at the Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville. Officials said the all of the inmate housing units were running on regular power.

The Justice Department said the facility in Pickens County, Alabama, is a low-security female institution housing about 1,850 inmates.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich says survey crews are canvassing other areas of west Alabama where suspected tornadoes struck and will give updates on damage assessments Wednesday afternoon.


10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service says an EF2 tornado struck rural western Alabama and destroyed more than a dozen homes.

Officials say the tornado struck the town of McMullen in Pickens County on Tuesday evening and destroyed 13 homes, including 10 mobile homes.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich says survey crews are canvassing other areas of west Alabama where suspected tornadoes struck and will give updates on damage assessments Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the storm survey crews are also evaluating damage in Fayette and Lamar counties.


2 a.m.

Strong storms have damaged several homes and school buildings in a west Tennessee county, although there are no immediate reports of injuries.

Crockett County Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Jones tells The Jackson Sun ( ) four or five homes were damaged amid Tuesday’s severe weather, as well as several buildings on a high school and middle school campus.

Public schools in the county have canceled classes for Wednesday.

Crockett County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Roy Mosier says two tractor-trailers overturned on U.S. 412, forcing a section of the highway to close for hours.

The newspaper reports the National Weather Service had no reports of significant damage in other west Tennessee counties.


8 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel in the southwestern part of the state because of blizzard conditions and near zero visibility.

MnDOT says Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea and highways south of Highway 14 in southern Minnesota are expected to remain closed into the day Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says 10.5 inches of snow had fallen on Lakeville in the southern Twin Cities by Tuesday evening. Other snowfall reports include 10 inches in Madelia, 9 inches in Rosemount and 8.5 inches in New Ulm.


7 p.m.

Authorities say a large tornado in rural western Alabama left a trail of damage as powerful storms moved into the state.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham reported a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” on the ground near the city of Aliceville, about 45 miles west of Tuscaloosa, on Tuesday evening.

Belinda Tilley, emergency 911 director in Aliceville, said the storm damaged homes, downed trees and power lines, and caused minor injuries.

The weather service said portions of northern and western Alabama including Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and much of the Tennessee Valley would be at an elevated risk for tornadoes and damaging winds until early Wednesday morning. Forecasters said winds blowing up to 60 mph were possible.


6:25 p.m.

Authorities say strong winds in eastern Mississippi damaged student housing at a community college, though no injuries were immediately reported.

The damage occurred Tuesday at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, near the Alabama state line.

College spokeswoman Suzanne Monk said in a statement that “everyone is accounted for and safe,” and that the school is working on finding alternative housing for students.

She says it’s unclear whether the damage was caused by tornado or straight-line winds.

A confirmed tornado was reported just north of the school, in Newton and Lauderdale counties.


4:45 p.m.

A sheriff in eastern Mississippi says a tornado has damaged homes, toppled trees and knocked out power.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says the tornado struck about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near Collinsville, northwest of Meridian. He says it appears to have been on the ground about 5 miles. He says it went through a mostly rural area that has a large subdivision.

The storm struck when many people were at work. Sollie says there were no immediate reports of injuries, although emergency crews were on standby.

He says some buildings were damaged near West Lauderdale High School, but the main part of the school was not hit.


10:05 a.m.

Heavy snow and strong winds have forced officials to close more than 100 miles of Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska because of dangerous conditions.

The Nebraska Department of Roads has closed I-80 from Lincoln west to Elm Creek because of the weather Tuesday morning.

In western Nebraska, Interstate 76 is also closed between I-80 and I-70 in Colorado.

Several smaller highways in southwest Nebraska are closed leading into Kansas.

Officials say the wind and snow are creating blizzard conditions across much of the state. Officials are not recommending travel across most of Nebraska.


9:30 a.m.

The howling storm system that dumped more than a foot of snow on some parts of Colorado and is laying it on thick in Nebraska and Iowa has spawned rainstorms along its southeastern and southern side.

Greg Dial with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said Tuesday that warm air from the Gulf of Mexico has kept the snow at bay and brought unusually high winter temperatures to many states. The high in Evansville, Indiana, could hit 69F Tuesday, for example.

The center predicts the chances of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes will increase east of the Mississippi River as the cold front moves east. Dial says they could erupt late Tuesday morning or in the evening across much of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky.