I think the tornado season sort of ends in September. We've had a few in February. They tend to form in when February is warm, at least in Georgia. It usually means there will be a rough tornado season. They didn't come last February. But Katie's right there will be more during the spring and summer.
The last update I heard stated 235 fatalities in Alabama alone, and Tuscaloosa still had 446 people unaccounted for, with other counties across the state still searching. Cadaver dogs were brought in today to devastated areas and have found people under the rubble, both alive and dead.
Alabama is my home. Although the area where I live had minor damage, considering, I've found debris all around the yard from as far away as Tuscaloosa. (89 miles from here) Nobody knows the total devastation tornadic storms can cause until you are right next door to it.
Well I'm in Rome, GA. The house on the other side of our street had a tree through it and 1/4 mile in any direction from our house is destroyed. We're fine. House fine. Most important, my dogs and cats are safe. I backed up my manuscripts in case a twister took my laptop (thats a bit much I know, but it was all I could think of saving outside my pets).
We're out of power until Sunday they said. I've no internet except at work. Its been, harrowing.
Edited to add: We've heard reports that it was a high f2 or low f3 tornado that came to us.
No words to describe it here in Rainsville, AL. We got hammered hard. I've been in the Red Cross shelter for two days. We've been without power for almost four days. Our school, convention center, my bank, dozens of small businesses and some industries were totally leveled. It looks like the aftermath of nuclear war. My niece's husband lost his aunt and uncle, and we've lost two dear friends-neighbors, and there is so many who won't/can't answer their text messages.
Six or seven small cities were flattened, involving multiple counties. The National Guard is here, as well as a Marine contingent. I'm hearing a rumor that we lost 30 people right around the corner from where we live, when they took refuge in a walk-in freezer at one of our beloved cafes.
Our house caught the fringe of it and wiped out all the windbreak trees. Our attached car port took wing like something out of the Wizard of Oz. Windows broke, awning stripped.
I had to dry every circuit and board in my computer with Kleenex and finally got it running a little while ago.
Thanks, all. Recovery is taking some time here. The community has really out-reached with supplies, water, food and of course, diapers for the kiddies. I'm just very afraid to be in this tornado alley zone. When the sirens go off, everybody looks for a ditch or hole to climb into.