January 2012 Tornados Hit Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi: At Least 2 Killed

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. (Jan. 23)

Two people were confirmed dead Monday, according to Pat Curry, Jefferson County’s chief deputy coroner. One person was killed in Clay (population about 10,000), and another person was killed in the western part of Jefferson County.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency after the early morning storms struck in the dark in the Birmingham area. Center Point and Trussville just to the northeast of the city are reporting serious structural damage.


REPORTS …

TORNADO REPORTED ON THE GROUND BY LAW ENFORCEMENT4 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORDYCE, ARKANSAS.

2 HOUSES DAMAGAED ON HIGHWAY 8 NORTHWEST OF FORDYCE, ARKANSAS. NO INJURIES REPORTED AT THIS TIME.

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR REPORTED A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWWN 5 MILES WEST OF COY, ARKANSAS.

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR REPORTS A TORNADO ON THE GROUND 2 MILES NORTH OF SLOVAK, ARKANSAS.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED A TORNADO ON THE GROUND AT THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAYS 11 AND 165 TWO MILES EAST OF LODGE CORNER, ARKANSAS.

TORNADO REPORTED ON THE GROUND BY STORM CHASERS 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF DE WITT, ARKANSAS.

TORNADO REPORTED ON THE GROUND BY STORM CHASERS 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF DE WITT, ARKANSAS.

A SHED AND DUCK BLIND WERE DEMOLISHED ON STROH ROAD NEAR ALMYRA, ARKANSAS.

TORNADO REPORTED ON THE GROUND 1 MILE WEST OF BURKS, ARKANSAS.

TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR TREBLOC, MISSISSIPPI.

PUBLIC REPORT OF POSSIBLE TORNADO IN THE CITY OF DICKSON, TENNESSEE.

TORNADO SPOTTED ON THE GROUND ON LAKE TUSCALOOSA TIERCE PATTON ROAD, TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY EMA REPORTS THEY HAVE RECEIVED NUMEROUS PUBLIC REPORTS OF A TORNADO ON THE GROUND IN NE LAUDERDALE COUNTY BETWEEN THE LOCKHART AND LAUDERDALE COMMUNITY, MISSISSIPPI.

PAWNEE VILLAGE ROAD COMPLETELY IMPASSIBLE IN TARRANT.

SEVERAL HOMES DESTROYED IN THE PARADISE VALLEY AREA IN CLAY. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

TREES DOWN AND DAMAGE TO HOMES NEAR BALBOA COURT.

PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO ON ROULAIN ROAD IN THE MARGARET COMMUNITY, ALABAMA.

MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN TRUSSVILLE, ALABAMA WITH MULTIPLE TREES DOWNED.

MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED ON OLD SPRINGVILLE ROAD IN SPRINGVILLE, ALABAMA. INJURIES UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.

MAJOR STUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED NEAR THE 500 BLOCK OF U.S. HIGHWAY 31 IN FULTONDALE, ALABAMA.

MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN MAPLESVILLE, ALABAMA WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOMES.

SOURCE:
NOAA Detailed Report for January 22, 2012 (updated 1/23/2012)…