UNDATED -- That violent storm that ripped through Enterprise, Alabama, has claimed eight promising young lives.
Mayor Kenneth Boswell says eight teenagers died when a tornado struck Enterprise High School Thursday. The tornado blew out the walls and collapsed part of the roof as frightened students huddled in hallways.
The mayor tells NBC's "Today" show that parts of Enterprise look like "ground zero." He says "There's just nothing left."
In addition to the eight students killed at the high school, Boswell says another person was killed elsewhere in Enterprise. Another death is reported in Millers Ferry, Alabama.
The storms then skipped into Georgia. Six people were killed in the town of Newton, and two died in Americus. A tornado also damaged Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus.
Altogether, the violent storm system is blamed in at least 20 deaths as it swept through the Midwest and Southeast.