Weather Service: 10 Twisters Documented in Alabama

January 27, 2012

The National Weather Service has now documented paths of destruction from at least 10 tornadoes in the outbreak of storms across central Alabama early Monday.

Recently completed surveys show that tornadoes struck in Perry and Chilton counties, including an EF-2 tornado that left a nearly 40-mile path of damage.

That twister — the Maplesville tornado — destroyed the sanctuary of the historic Ephesus Church. It also tore apart trees in the Talladega National Forest, toppled a radio tower and damaged homes and businesses just north of downtown Maplesville.

The deadliest twister in the storm outbreak was an EF-3 that struck in St. Clair and Jefferson County, where two people were killed and about 100 more were hurt. Forecasters say that storm had maximum winds estimated at 150 mph.

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