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Two dead in U.S. as storms pound South, Midwest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Two people died as storms pounded the U.S. South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Two people died as storms pounded the U.S. South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday.

A sheriff's spokesman in Jefferson County, Alabama, said a 16-year-old girl and an 82-year-old man were killed.

A storm system produced a possible tornado that moved across Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., Randy Christian said. He said several homes were destroyed.

Elsewhere in the area, searchers were going house-to-house in an effort to rescue people trapped in homes.

"Some roads are impassable, there are a number of county roads where you have either debris down, trees down, damage from homes," said Yasamie Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Tornado warnings were issued for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

 
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