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Monday, January 23, 2012

Severe Storms Hit Alabama As New Radar System Comes Into Play

Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a tornado ripped through the Trussville, Ala. area in the early hours of Monday. (AP)

Alabama is cleaning up again after severe weather that hit the state overnight, killing two people.

This after tornadoes killed more than 240 people in the state last spring. The National Weather Service is installing a new radar system at its offices to better predict severe weather like this.

Weather editor and reporter for USA Today Doyle Rice told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that the new radar will give forecasters a two dimensional picture of an approaching storm, instead of the one dimensional image they see now.

Have you been affected by the extreme weather in Alabama? Tell us what it’s like or post your photos on our Facebook page, Tweet or email them to us.

Guests:

  • Mark Kelly, public information office, Jefferson Co. Emergency Management Agency
  • Doyle Rice, weather editor and reporter for USA Today

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