Alabamans 'Thank God' for Surviving Rare Storms

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Residents across four states are cleaning up after rare winter tornadoes ripped through the South.

Alabama was hardest hit, with two people killed and more than 100 injured when two tornadoes roared across the heart of the state Monday.

The Red Cross said more than 200 homes were destroyed.

Last April, tornadoes killed nearly 240 people in the same area, although officials said some of the same neighborhoods in Jefferson County were not struck twice.

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The county has been infamous for destructive tornadoes dating back to the 1930s.

"I would really like to never see another tornado again," Jhan Powers told The Associated Press as his neighbors sorted through the remnants of their home.

"When you see this destruction, how can you not take it seriously?" he added.

Despite their hardship, survivors are still finding ways to be grateful.

"Because of the April 27 tornadoes, we're more prepared today than we were then," Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson said.

"Just a blessing. God is good. Thank you heavenly Father for saving us. It was a blessing," Mattie Peak, a storm survivor, said.

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