The Latest: Floods cover roads, close schools in Alabama

Pastor Steve Blaylock looks over the broken lumber, loose paneling, insulation, and destroyed pews in the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss.,

Pastor Steve Blaylock looks over the broken lumber, loose paneling, insulation, and destroyed pews in the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss.,

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 are blocked after a landslide occurred after several days of heavy rains Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, north of Nashvill

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 are blocked after a landslide occurred after several days of heavy rains Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, north of Nashvill

Pastor Steve Blaylock looks over the broken lumber, loose paneling, insulation, and destroyed pews in the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss.,

Pastor Steve Blaylock looks over the broken lumber, loose paneling, insulation, and destroyed pews in the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss.,

Charles Lowery of Columbus, Miss., rescues carved stands from the remains of his home, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, following Saturday's tornado. Lowery lam

Charles Lowery of Columbus, Miss., rescues carved stands from the remains of his home, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, following Saturday's tornado. Lowery lam

A backhoe is used to removes fallen tree limbs in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. At least one person was killed am

A backhoe is used to removes fallen tree limbs in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. At least one person was killed am

Tornado strewn debris and fallen trees in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. At least one person was killed among the

Tornado strewn debris and fallen trees in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. At least one person was killed among the

Church members lift beams as they try to determine the status of a Hammond organ that was trapped by tornado debris in the First Pentecostal Church in

Church members lift beams as they try to determine the status of a Hammond organ that was trapped by tornado debris in the First Pentecostal Church in

Tornado strewn debris, including this roofing, and fallen trees in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019 after Saturday's

Tornado strewn debris, including this roofing, and fallen trees in this Columbus, Miss., neighborhood, Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019 after Saturday's

Jack Gordman flips over a boat trailer that was tossed several feef from his parent's home in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019, after Sa

Jack Gordman flips over a boat trailer that was tossed several feef from his parent's home in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019, after Sa

Al Bordelon salvages a tool box from what remains of his mother-in-law's shed in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019, after Saturday's torn

Al Bordelon salvages a tool box from what remains of his mother-in-law's shed in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019, after Saturday's torn

A car in the parking lot of Fast Dog Printing Co. on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., has it's rear window smashed after a tornado struck the area Sat

A car in the parking lot of Fast Dog Printing Co. on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., has it's rear window smashed after a tornado struck the area Sat

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 are blocked after a landslide occurred after several days of heavy rains Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, north of Nashvill

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 are blocked after a landslide occurred after several days of heavy rains Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, north of Nashvill

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on violent weather and flooding in the Southeast (all times local):

7:25 a.m.

Residents are using boats to reach flooded-out neighborhoods and schools are shut down after days of torrential rains in north Alabama.

The sun was out Monday in most of the Tennessee Valley, but dozens of roads are closed because of flooding. Brick homes stand amid muddy Tennessee River waters in Muscle Shoals.

The National Weather Service says many areas got around 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain last week, and some spots received more than 12 inches (30 centimeters).

The city of Decatur says water levels already have exceeded 100-year levels and could rise another 2 feet (0.6 meters). Schools are closed in at least a half-dozen systems in the region.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency allowing the state to assist with disaster response.

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11:10 p.m.

A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.

The tornado that shatttered businesses the east Mississippi city was confirmed on radar, said meteorologist Anna Wolverton with the National Weather Service in Jackson. She told The Associated Press that experts would be headed Sunday to the city of about 23,000 people to gauge the tornado's intensity.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.

Elsewhere around the South, homes, highways, and bridges have been flooded or put out of commission by the heavy rains. News outlets report that water rescues have been performed in some Middle Tennessee counties. Flash flood warnings and watches remained in place throughout the South.