UPDATE: 1-23-12 3:30PM (PST)
100 people have been reported injured as searchers conduct house to house seaches for survivors. The storm flattened homes, downed trees, and ripped off the roofs of homes as the tornado tore through Oak Grove, Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley has declared a State of Emergency in Alabama. Last April 240 people were killed when tornadoes hit this same area.
UPDATE: 1-23-12 11:00AM (PST)
Survey teams from the National Weather Service will be going out
today to survey tornado damage in some of the hardest hit areas
across central Alabama. At this time... teams are scheduled to visit
tucscaloosa... Jefferson... Calhoun and St. Clair counties.
Additional surveys will likely be conducted in other areas on
Tuesday as additional reports are received into the NWS office in
Tornadoes are moving through the Southeastern U.S. and the Midwest. So far there are reports of two deaths. A 16-year-old boy and an 82-year-old man died in the Birmingham, Alabama area, according to a spokesman for the Jefferson County sheriff's office , according to the BBC.
Tornado warnings were issued by National Weather Service for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. In Arkansas, there were possible tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. The storms also brought hail and strong winds as they moved through parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi.
As the storm moved across the northern part of the county, several homes were destroyed and numerous injuries were reported.
"Some roads are impassable, there are a number of county roads where you have either debris down, trees down, damage from homes," Yasamie Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, told the Associated Press news agency.
Tornadoes reportedly formed and touched down in the state around 03:30 EST (08:30 GMT) on Monday morning.
Rescuers were responding to reports that a trailer had overturned, trapping people inside.
National Weather Service Report:
BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1032 AM CST MON JAN 23 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
* UNTIL 1100 AM CST
* AT 1030 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF UCHEE…OR 14
MILES SOUTHWEST OF SMITHS…AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PHENIX CITY…SEALE…RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX…LADONIA…
WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST MONDAY FOR
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
Updates will be posted throughout the day on these storms.