PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Weather officials in Kentucky say a tornado has blown past their office.

The National Weather Service in Paducah tweeted Thursday morning, "TORNADO JUST MISSED OUR OFFICE IN WEST PADUCAH. TAKE SHELTER NOW IF YOU'RE IN PADUCAH!!!!" The tweet was posted at 9:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time.

There was no immediate word on any damage.

Weather forecasters say numerous severe storms are possible beginning Thursday afternoon in the Tennessee Valley region and as far south as the northern Birmingham area.

Officials said schools are closing early in north Alabama because of the severe weather possibility.

Forecasters say winds up to 60 mph are possible along with isolated tornadoes and hail.

The state is on the southern end of a storm system that pummeled the central United States.

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