Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala. area after severe storms rolled through the South and Midwest. The storms, reports the AP, triggered tornado warnings in five states.
Currently, the National Weather Service said it expects tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms and winds up to 75 mph to move through Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. These kinds of storms, reports the NWS, are uncommon in the middle winter.
The Birmingham News reports that one of the people killed was a 16-year-old boy. The paper adds that reports of damage are widespread:
"Strong storms blew through parts of the north-central Alabama early this morning.
"Damage has been reported in Maplesville and Clanton, where house-to-house searches are being conducted, according to the Twitter feed for the Consolidated 911 center there.
"A tornado on a path from Tuscaloosa struck Jefferson County ripping up trees and destroying some houses in communities north of Birmingham."