Harpersville, AL Tornado, Jan 1964
ALABAMA TORNADO KILLS 9.
Rescue workers searched for more victims today after a tornado stormed through the small community of Harpersville in north central Alabama, killing at least nine persons and hospitalizing at least five.
Tornadoes churned through sections of Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.
Hail and torrential rains accompanied some of the twisters.
Bodies were taken from the ruins of three houses and other debris in Harpersville, a community of 1,000 population 30 miles southeast of Birmingham. Some victims were children.
Rescue efforts were hampered by fallen power lines and tree limbs, and a driving rain. Four inches of rain drenched the area before and after the twister struck.
The disaster climaxed a night of turbulent weather in central and northern Alabama. At least 15 houses were damaged in the Rodenville area of Dekalb County. A tornado also struck in the small community of Gorgas in Walker County northwest of Birmingham. No injuries were reported there but several houses were damaged.
Blytheville Courier News Arkansas 1964-01-25