From the ABC 7 Weather team

Severe weather and tornadoes strike the Deep South Sunday

January 23, 2012 - 11:00 AM
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Several people were killed on Sunday after a particularly violent series of storms raced through Alabama.

A powerful disturbance coupled with plenty of low-level moisture and shear made for a violent day across the Deep South on Sunday, with over 20 preliminary reports of tornadoes and multiple deaths. Some areas in Alabama were described as having devastating damage and even one town through a HAM radio report was said to be wiped off the map. New pictures and video are coming in this morning showing the mass destruction left behind by the severe weather. Below are the reports from the Storm Prediction Center which forecasted the event well, as this forecast from 3am Sunday morning warned of the severe weather through the day.

Preliminary Storm Reports for Sunday, Jan. 22

Some pictures and videos are becoming available through some news stations and throughout twitter this morning. Here are some you should check out:

Picture from Twitter User @Bkeithsom of Paradise Valley subdivision near Clay, AL

ABC 33/40 in Birmingham Alabama has a live Ustream covering the damage through Central Alabama. They also have a ton of pictures here.

Brad Panovich put together a bunch of twitter photos from yesterday and today showing damage throughout the south on Storify. Follow him at @wxbrad and James Spann in Birmingham at @spann.

Here is another crazy 360 degree picture out of Center Point, AL showing the damage there.

A few more pictures of damage and radar images of the storms themselves can be found here.

If you would like to donate to help out the tornado victims, please be sure to visit the Alabama Red Cross site as they can use any help you can give them.

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