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      Heavy rain pelts central Alabama, causes major flash flooding

      Heavy rains caused Shades Creek to swell, flooding the Irondale Mobile Home Park early Monday morning, April 7, 2014. (Caleb Branch/Twitter)

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Parts of central Alabama were under a flash flood warning Monday morning as heavy rain continued to pelt the state's midsection.

      The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings, tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings for some parts of the region.

      Shelby County sheriff's deputies helped evacuate residents of a mobile home park around 3 a.m. Monday because of dangerous conditions resulting from flash flooding.

      Some roads in Birmingham became impassable due to heavy rainfall. WBMA-TV video showed firefighters helping a motorist stranded in about two feet of water shortly after midnight.

      A number of schools in the rain-drenched areas delayed openings Monday morning.