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328 dead across 7 states after storms

The storms that hit Alabama Wednesday and Thursday were the worst in the state since 332 people died on March 21, 1932. The total for the seven states could match or surpass the "Super Outbreak" of April 3-4, 1974, in which 330 died. The biggest death toll in the United States from twisters was on March 18, 1925, when 747 people were killed in storms that raged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. A single 219-mile-long tornado killed 695 people. Tornadoes are rated between 0 and 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with an EF5 tornado having wind speeds greater than 200 mph and an EF4 packing winds of 166 to 200 mph. Glimpses of the damage that occurred Wednesday and Thursday in the seven states, and some of the cities:

Alabama

238 dead

1,700 injured

2,000 National Guard activated

1 million homes and businesses without power

31 of 67 counties reported damage, state Emergency Management Agency said

Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Corp., Toyota Motor Co. and Mercedes idled plants, mostly because factories lost power; they expect to reopen in days

Tuscaloosa

45 dead

Entire neighborhoods obliterated

City's emergency management center destroyed; University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium being used as makeshift one

Birmingham

32 dead

More than 1,000 homes destroyed

Pratt City neighborhood almost completely destroyed; most houses destroyed in Pleasant Grove, a suburb where 10 people died

The National Guard closed the town to outsiders, trying to keep out gawkers and looters

Hackleburg

27 dead

Bodies kept in refrigerated trucks amid body bag shortage

Grocery store, fire and police departments and school destroyed in town of 1,500

No power, communications, water or other services

Huntsville

Three reactors of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant automatically shut down after losing power when lines that carry electricity outside of the facility came down

Tennessee

34 dead

Bledsoe County

Winds picked up a modular home and threw it across the road near Pikeville; the home was destroyed, the family inside survived

Mississippi

34 dead

Hit by worst tornado since 1966; the National Weather Service rated it the strongest, an EF5, with top winds of 205 mph.

Smithville

13 dead

EF5 storm rips open police station, post office, City Hall, several furniture factories, grocery store

Georgia

15 dead

About 37,000 homes and businesses without power; metro Atlanta largely unscathed

Widespread destruction to northern and southern parts of state

Catoosa County

An EF4 twister packing winds of 175 mph ripped through, killing eight people, including a family of four and three of their neighbors

Between 75 and 100 homes destroyed; fast-food diners and motels flattened near Interstate 75

Brooks

A mobile home disintegrated as it was tossed the length of a football field in southern Georgia; Charlie Green, 55, a plumber paralyzed by a stroke five years ago, survived; his caretaker Jamie White, 22, a mother of three, did not

Virginia

5 dead

Tornadoes have hit the state three times this month; there were at least seven this week

Louisiana

2 dead

A woman was trapped in her vehicle Wednesday in a flooded underpass, and a man's body was found on a flooded street

Kentucky

1 dead

Times wires

328 dead across 7 states after storms 04/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:17am]

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