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They only had some bumps and bruises, able to escape the rubble through a basement door.

Friday’s tornado outbreak had been forecast for days; meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had said the day would be one of a handful this year that warranted its highest risk level. The weather service issued 297 tornado warnings and 388 severe thunderstorm warnings from Friday through early Saturday.

In April, when tornadoes killed more than 240 people in Alabama, it issued 688 tornado warnings and 757 severe thunderstorm warnings from Texas to New York, said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the storm prediction center.

In Harvest, Ala., which was hit in April, Cody Stewart said he was done owning a home for the time being after his house was damaged a second time. In his house for less than two months with repairs still incomplete, a tornado on Friday ripped the roof away and slung it into the backyard. This time, the damage is beyond repair.

“I think I’m going to live in an apartment awhile. I’m not superstitious, but it just kind of seems there’s a path here, and I don’t want to be in it again, and I hope other people make the same choice,” Mr. Stewart said.

Jim Suhr reported from New Pekin, Ind. Associated Press writers Kate Brumback in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Tom LoBianco in Indianapolis; and Bruce Schreiner in East Bernstadt, Ky., contributed to this report.