Rare December Tornadoes Strike the SouthAs many as 40 homes were damaged in Florida alone
The National Weather Service has also confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham, Ala., was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.
Forecasters say the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday near the Birmingham farmer's market.
Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries. However, the storm damaged roofs and broke windows. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.
Tornadoes were also reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Despite this unusual uptick in tornadoes, 2012 still ranks as having the fewest tornadoes in the United States in a given year, with less than 890 confirmed as of November 25. In contrast, there were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2011.
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