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DALLAS COUNTY, Ala. – Severe weather on Wednesday in the Southeast made anything not securely tied down a potential flying missile. That included boats.

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In Alabama, a power company posted a photograph of a boat that was wrapped around a utility pole, WIAT reported.

Workers from the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative were assessing damage in Dallas County on Wednesday afternoon after severe storms and tornadoes rumbled through central Alabama, the television station reported.

“From our crews working in Dallas County as they assess the damage to the area — that’s a boat, y’all,” Central Alabama Electric Cooperative posted on its Facebook page. “Please take these storms seriously throughout the afternoon and night.”

Residents in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states were bracing for severe weather heading into Thursday, including potential tornadoes, strong winds and damaging hail.

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Multiple tornadoes had already been observed in Mississippi and Alabama by early evening Wednesday.

Tree damage was reported in parts of central Alabama and thousands of people were without power on Wednesday afternoon, according to Alabama Power.