Montgomery, AL and Ringgold, LA tornadoes, May 1984

Tornado kills 5 in Montgomery

AP and UPI

A tornado swept across an interstate highway and into a residential area in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, piling up as many as 20 cars, killing five people and injuring 27 others, authorities said.

Police confirmed that at least four people died when their vehicles were hit by the tornado on the northern Interstate 65 bypass. A fifth person died in a mobile home in the northwest section of the city, authorities said.

There were reports that the tornado tossed cars into the woods near the highway.

The rough weather that moved across Alabama also caused damage in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

Wednesday, a tornado that sliced through Ringgold, La., left a swath of burning rubble as storms stretching from Texas to North Carolina flung more than three dozen twisters at seven states.

The powerful thunderstorms, continuing Thursday along a warm front across the Southeast, poured up to 6 inches of rain on already soaked parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and sent floodwaters swirling through homes in Arkansas.

The twister that chopped through Ringgold Wednesday cut off all services to the town of 2,500 people, and Mayor Billy R. Conly said the section "north of Main St. is completely gone." Seven townspeople were reported injured. Tornados also spun through rural Coahoma County in Mississipi Wednesday, injuring 12 people.

The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, WI 3 May 1984