Southern Severe Weather Outbreak Under Way

By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
January 24, 2012, 1:21:48 AM EST

Read more updates in Latest Information on Monday's Tornadoes.

Severe storms and tornadoes ransacked the South Sunday night into Monday, destroying homes and claiming lives.

The storms have been producing golf ball-sized hail and wind gusts greater than 60 mph. There have been 21 tornado reports from the strongest storms.

In Arkansas, tornadoes were reported in Cleveland, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie, Arkansas and Crittenden, Ark. Overnight, tornadoes were also reported in Chickasaw and Lauderdale, Miss., and Dickson, Tenn.

Deadly tornadoes struck Alabama early this morning, including the Tuscaloosa, Ala., which is an area still cleaning up from a large and devastating tornado that struck in April of 2011. Strong winds ripped the roof off of a home in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

RELATED: Photos of Horrific Damage From the Alabama Tornadoes

Tornadoes touched down in parts of Jefferson County, Ala., as well. According to local news, at least four people have been killed and others have been injured.

In Jefferson, one of the tornadoes destroyed several homes in the Paradise Valley area around 4 a.m. ET.

A tornado is believed to have destroyed radio studio and transmission tower near Clanton, Ala. around 8:00 a.m. ET.

"The tornadoes should be dying down this morning as they head eastward into Georgia," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

Content contributed by Meghan Evans, meteorologist, and Grace Muller, staff writer.


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