A FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for Lee County until 5:45am and for southeast Burleson, Washington, northwest Austin, southern Madison, and central Brazos counties until 6:30am, eastern Brazos, northern Grimes, northwestern Walker, and Madison counties until 8:15am, and Leon county until 8:30am.. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms -- containing gusty winds, heavy rain, thunder, & lightning -- is sliding east toward the Brazos Valley. Rain & storms are expected in the area through the pre-sunrise hours.
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.