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Storm rips apart houses in Alabama

Butch Dill / AP

Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a severe storm ripped through the Trussville, Ala., area in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said the storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville.

Marvin Gentry / Reuters

A workman clears trees from houses in the Paradise Valley area of Clay Chalkville, Alabama, after the neighborhood was hit by tornadoes early January 23, 2012.

From the full story about possible tornados that tore through Alabama:

"We have major, major damage," said Bob Ammons, another Jefferson County EMA official, speaking of Center Point, Trussville and some unincorporated areas of the county.

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

In Clanton, about 50 miles south of Birmingham, rescuers were responding to reports of a trailer turned over with people trapped, City Clerk Debbie Orange said.