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Assessing tornado damage in the U.S.

Staff writers
January 24, 2012 — Severe thunderstorms fired up across parts of the southern U.S. on Sunday and into Monday. Two dozen tornadoes were reported.

Tornado damage in Maplesville, Alabama
Tornado damage in Maplesville, Alabama

Tornadoes in January aren't exactly common, but they're not unheard of either.

On Sunday, severe storms ripped through parts of the U.S., spawning twisters in several communities.

The U.S. National Weather Service received reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. Tornado warnings continued to cover a handful of states early Monday morning and officials say at least two people died as the storms swept through.

A spokesperson in Jefferson County, Alabama, said a 16-year-old boy and an 82-year-old man were killed.

Rescue and clean-up efforts continue as debris and downed trees trapped some people in homes and lead to impassable roads.

“Seven tornadoes have been confirmed so far, including several rated as EF-3,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “There have been reports of at least 24 tornadoes however, so the numbers are likely to go up as damage assessments continue.”

Strong winds and large hail were also reported with these severe storms.

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