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Sheriff: 2 people killed in Alabama storms

Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2012 at 7:23 p.m.

A woman watches Houston firefighters try to free her car after her car got stuck in the mud as drenching thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain in Houston early on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. City roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents, including at least five schools, were without electricity Monday after powerful thunderstorms ploughed through the area prompting a tornado warning and dumping several inches of rain and hail on the drought-stricken region.(AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two people were killed by storms in Jefferson County as rescuers went house-to-house in search of people trapped in their homes.

A 16-year-old boy was killed in Clay and an 82-year-old man died in the community of Oak Grove, Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said.

Fire crews were searching buildings in Center Point, where there are reports of an unknown number of people trapped, said Bob Ammons, duty manager of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency.

Rescuers will do "whatever it takes" to get to the residents, Ammons told The Associated Press before dawn Monday morning.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Ammons says his agency has reports of damage in the Jefferson County towns of Center Point, Clay, Trussville and in the unincorporated community of Adger.

In Clanton, rescuers were responding to reports of a trailer turned over with people trapped, City Clerk Debbie Orange said. Clanton is about 50 miles south of Birmingham.

Tornado warnings were issued in parts of central and northern Alabama in the early morning hours Monday as powerful storms rolled across the state. There were several reports of severe damage to homes.

Hard-hit areas included the Maplesville area, according to reports from the National Weather Service. The weather service was also reporting damage to buildings in the St. Clair County town of Springville.

There were also reports of major damage to homes in the Oak Grove area of Jefferson County, WBMA-TV reported.

Several storms shelters had opened in the northern Alabama counties of Colbert, Lauderdale, Madison and Marshall, WAFF-TV reported.

The weather service had earlier issued a tornado watch for 30 Alabama counties until 10 a.m. Monday.

The Alabama storms were part of a system threatening parts of the South and Midwest overnight.



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