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Alabama Storms Kill Two, Injure More Than 100

Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring. Alabama’s governor declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. Gov. Robert Bentley said the declaration authorizes the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies to assist communities and make assessments of damage. The governor’s office said at least seven counties reported damage Monday, with the most extensive in Jefferson and Chilton counties.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s department reported two deaths—a 16-year-old girl in Clay and an 82-year-old man in the Oak Grove community.

Homes were flattened, windows were blown out of cars and roofs were peeled back in the middle of the night in the rural community of Oak Grove near Birmingham. As dawn broke, residents surveyed the damage and officials used chainsaws to clear fallen trees. Oak Grove was hit hard in April when tornadoes ravaged Alabama, killing about 240 people, though officials said none of the same neighborhoods was struck again. Officials had to reschedule a meeting Monday to receive a study on Alabama’s response to the spring tornadoes.

“Some roads are impassable, there are a number of county roads where you have either debris down, trees down, damage from homes,” said Yasamie Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

…(WSJ)

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January 23, 2012 - Posted by | Climate, Weather | , , , , ,

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