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Alabama elementary school declared a total loss after Monday's twister

Photos by Dave Martin / AP

Erin Reid, left, gets a hug from Linda Martin outside the Center Point Elementary School in Center Point, Ala., Jan. 24, 2012. The school was heavily damaged by a tornado on Monday. Erin and Linda are second grade teachers at the school.

A group of media, law enforcement officers, teachers and government officials walk through the lobby of the heavily damaged school.

WPMI-TV reports: Authorities say Center Point Elementary School was more than 80 percent damaged during Monday's tornado and will be bulldozed. The school was built in 2003, and an addition was built in 2007. Officials expect that the elementary will be rebuilt.

Msnbc.com reports: Residents in towns just outside Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday were sifting through the debris from 500 homes and 50 businesses either destroyed or damaged by storms that spawned three twisters early Monday. Two people died and around 100 were treated for injuries.

The National Weather Service confirmed that three tornadoes touched down early Monday. Two in Tuscaloosa County did little damage. But the one that touched down in Jefferson County was on the ground nearly two hours starting at 2:30 a.m. Monday and ripped through hundreds of properties, including the public elementary school in Center Point, which was destroyed.

Second grade teacher Monica Finley cries after retrieving personal items on Tuesday.