Death Toll Nears 200 as Tornadoes Slam South

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011  |  Updated 6:48 AM PDT
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Death Toll Nears 200 as Tornadoes Slam South

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Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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A violent storm unleashed tornadoes across much of the South Wednesday afternoon and evening, killing at least 196 people, most in Alabama, CNN reported. Officials warned the death toll could mount amid continuing bad weather. One twister estimated at a mile wide ripped though Tuscaloosa, Ala., killing at least 15 people on its path of destruction up through Birmingham suburbs.

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