Monday, January 23, 2012

Severe weather rakes Southeast; 2 dead in Alabama

Severe weather tore across the Southeast early Monday, killing at least two people and spreading damage through at least two states, emergency officials said.

The two fatalities reported were near Birmingham, Alabama, according to Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Jack Self.

One was a 16-year-old in the city of Clay, northeast of the city, and the second was an 82-year-old man in the Oak Grove community west of Birmingham, Self said.

The teenager was a female, Self said, although the fatality was initially reported as a male. Authorities believe the same storm, which struck about 3:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET), was responsible for the deaths, he said.

Severe weather hits Arkansas At least 100 injuries were reported, from cuts and bruises to broken bones, Self said. Several homes were reported destroyed.

Emergency crews were working to locate people who may be trapped or injured and clear roads, several of which were impassable, the sheriff's office said. To read more, click here.

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