BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ A tornado ripped through one town after another, and at least 38 people were killed across the South, officials said today.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Woodward said 30 people died in a cluster of communities near Birmingham. Two other people died in adjoining St. Clair County.

At least 104 peole were injured, Gov. Fob James said.

The search for victims and survivors will continue because some older residents don't have family in the area and may not have been accounted for.

Five others died in Georgia, including a soldier at sprawling Fort Stewart, and one in Mississippi.