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Tornadoes damage Ala. colleges


Shelton State Community College in hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be closed at least through Friday to assess damage. (Photo taken before Wednesday's storms.)

​Several community colleges sustained damage on their campuses from the deadly storms that ripped through Alabama and several other states on Wednesday.

Wallace State Community College (WSCC) in Hanceville—where video was taken of a tornado touching down—is closed through Saturday. Several buildings at WSCC sustained water damage and structural damage to roofs, and there were downed power lines and trees across campus. No injuries were reported at the college.

Calhoun Community College will remain closed through Sunday because of damage to buildings and power outages, according to news reports.

Shelton State Community College (SSCC) in Tuscaloosa—a town hit hardest by the storms—will be closed through Friday as officials assess damage and evaluate clean-up and recovery options. On Thursday afternoon, nearby University of Alabama canceled students' final exams and postponed commencement ceremonies for graduating students. SSCC said on its Facebook page it hasn't determined yet what it will do with finals scheduled for this week and next week. 

Many community colleges along the storms’ path canceled classes when the tornadoes came through the area on Wednesday. Several remained closed on Thursday, including Gadsden State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, Bevill State Community College and the Alabama Aviation Center of Albertville, a unit of Enterprise State Community College. Those campuses are closed mainly because of power outages.