Christmas Day tornado

Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

Authorities on Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.

In Mobile's downtown area, a school, church and several homes were damaged by a likely tornado on Christmas Day before the storm system that brought twisters to many places in the South moved to other parts of the state.

Despite the damage in Mobile, fire officials said they completed a door-to-door search and found two people who needed to go to shelters, but no injuries.