April 28th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Live blog: Storms kill 184 in Alabama, 272 across South

[Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the loss of life from storms in the American Southeast "heartbreaking," and said that the "federal government will do everything we can to help (people affected by the deadly storms) recover."

We are "ready to help in any possible way," he said.

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[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather in Alabama has reached 184, and the death toll in Tennessee has risen to 33, authorities said Thursday. The overall death toll is 272 people in six states.

[Updated at 12:38 p.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather in Alabama has reached 162, Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie August said Thursday. The overall death toll is as many as 247 people in six states.

[Updated at 12:33 p.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather in Georgia is at 14, Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday. There are now as many as 234 people dead in six states.

[Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET] In the DeKalb County, Alabama town of Rainsville, 25 bodies were recovered near one parking lot in the center of town, said Israel Partridge, a local business owner who teaches search and rescue and volunteered to help the Rainsville Fire Department Wednesday night. Rainsville Police Chief Charles Centers confirmed the 25 dead, adding eight were in one trailer park. Many people are unaccounted for, Centers said.

Partridge said one tree that had been uprooted and tossed still had a dog alive, tied to it. Partridge said he freed the dog and gave it to a family to take care of.

[Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET] Thirty people have died in Tennessee as a result of severe weather, according to the Tennessee Emergency Operations Center. The death total from a wave of powerful storms that struck the South is now as many as 231 people in six states.

[Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET] The Tennessee Valley Authority reports that Wednesday's storms knocked out 90 large power transmission lines, only 13 of which were back in service by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 322,000 customers of 49 TVA distributors were without power Wednesday morning, the TVA said in a press release.

That number could rise as crews conduct further assessments of damage, TVA said.

[Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET] Eight people have died in Virginia as a result of severe weather, the governor's office said Thursday, bringing the overall death toll from storms across the South to 202 people in six states.

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[Updated at 8:34 a.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather in the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is now at 36, Mayor Walter Maddox said Thursday, putting the overall death toll across the South at 194.

[Updated at 6:39 a.m. ET] Extreme weather across the southern United States has left at least 173 people dead, according to state officials.  The death toll in Mississippi climbed to 32 early Thursday.

[Updated at 6:01 a.m. ET] Extreme weather across the southern United States has left at least 159 people dead, according to state officials.  The death toll in Alabama climbed to 128  Thursday.

[Updated at 5:45 a.m. ET] Extreme weather left at least 123 people dead in Alabama, emergency management officials said Thursday.

[Updated at 4:42 a.m. ET] The death toll in Georgia now stands at 11, after the Spalding County Sherriff's Department confirmed two fatalities in that county.

Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in four hard-hit Georgia counties - Catoosa, Floyd, Dade and Walker.

[Updated at 4:20 a.m. ET]   The death toll from a series of violent storms that swept across the South rose to 76 early Thursday after Mississippi officials confirmed the storm-related deaths of 18 people in that state.

Among the fatalities was a 3-year-old girl in McComb, Mississippi, who died in her bed from a falling tree.

[Updated at 3:49 a.m. ET]   Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in four storm-ravaged counties - Catoosa, Floyd, Dade and Walker.

[Updated at 3:40 a.m. ET]  Greg Flynn with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency tells CNN the death toll in the state has risen to 18 from Wednesday's powerful storms.

Flynn says they have reports of damage in 50 counties, impacting at least 230 homes and 20 businesses.

[Updated at 2:04 a.m. ET]   Severe storms pummeled Alabama and cut a path of destruction across several other southern states Wednesday, killing  at least 67 people across the region, leveling buildings and trapping residents in their homes.

The storms killed nine people in Georgia, seven in Catoosa County and two in Dade County, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

The town of Ringgold, Georgia, was hit particularly hard. One tornado appeared to remain on the ground for at least a mile, said Gary Sisk with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, adding that some buildings were demolished.

Arkansas and Tennessee reported that at least one person died in each of those states.

[Updated at 1:57 a.m. ET]   Severe storms pummeled Alabama and cut a path of destruction across several other southern states Wednesday, killing  at least 66 people across the region, leveling buildings and trapping residents in their homes.

Alabama appeared to be the hardest hit Wednesday night, with at least 45 people killed in severe storms and tornadoes, said Lauree Ashcom, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

[Updated at 1:40 a.m. ET]  A total of seven fatalities have been confirmed in Catoosa County, Georgia, after severe storms moved through late Wednesday, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

The deaths bring the statewide total to eight.  One person also died in Trenton.

At least three of the fatalities were in the town of Ringgold, which was hit particularly hard. One tornado appeared to remain on the ground for at least a mile, said Gary Sisk with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, adding that some buildings were completely demolished.

[Updated at 1:10 a.m. ET]   Severe storms pummeled Alabama and cut a path of destruction across several other southern states Wednesday, killing  at least 62 people across the region, leveling buildings and trapping residents in their homes.

Alabama appeared to be the hardest hit Wednesday night, with at least 45 people killed in severe storms and tornadoes, said Lauree Ashcom, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

The National Guard dispatched hundreds of personnel to some of the state's hardest hit areas.

"This has been a very serious and deadly event that's affected our state, and it's not over yet," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters Wednesday evening.

President Barack Obama announced late Wednesday he had approved Bentley's request for emergency federal assistance,  including search and rescue support.

"While we may not know the extent of the damage for days, we will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms," Obama said in a statement.

"Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives because of the tornadoes that have swept through Alabama and the southeastern United States."

[Updated at 12:43 a.m. ET]Severe storms cut a path of destruction across several other southern states Wednesday, killing at least 62 people, and leaving buildings leveled and residents trapped in their homes.

Authorities said at least 62 people died in storms across the region.

Alabama appeared to be the hardest hit Wednesday night, with at least 45 people killed in severe storms and tornadoes, said Lauree Ashcom, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

[Updated at 11:41 p.m. ET] Three deaths have been confirmed in Ringgold, Georgia, after severe storms moved through late Wednesday, bringing the five-state death toll from Tuesday night's and Wednesday's storms in the South to 42, according to authorities.

In Ringgold, eight people were taken to a hospital, according to Gary Sisk with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department. There was no word on the severity of the injuries, he said.

The town in northwest Georgia was hit particularly hard. One tornado appeared to remain on the ground for at least a mile, said Sisk, adding that some buildings were completely demolished.

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  1. angela

    This is so terrible. My thoughts and prayers for all

    April 29, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Well we seem to help everyone around the world in any disaster. Are any countries going to help us . Our economy is in ruins and now we have the worst devastation in four decades. But being Americans we will help ourselves just like Catrina and 911. I will make my donation too those in the disaster area today God bless.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Granmar Hepziobbi

    Before I comment, let me explain a word. God said, that, after we have suffered and finally come to obedience, that we no longer call him "Lo'ward", but "Ishi". Ishi has foretold that these thins would happen, if we believe in our own resources, in our own ingenuity, or in the federal government, all 3 whereof are "false gods". The outcome is destruction of those, who would mislead us, and a turnin back to our Ishi.

    Granmar
    Storm Shelters

    April 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. B James

    I would like to find out about damage reports for Hazel Green, Alabama from the tornadoes of April 27-28, 2011. I have friends there and have not been able to contact them. Any information would be appreciated.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michele Sims

    II am trying find my daughter Earleane E. Sims and grandson Joshua G. Sims. I don't know their location, but they might be in one of the States that were affected by the tornadoes. I will appreciate any information.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Don Holt

    The Phone service has been restored a few miles N/E of Jasper AL. I just talked to my cousin who lives there and everything is Okay with them. My prayers go out to the families of of the storms victims.
    I have a cousin who own Natural Bridge Park in AL. I haven't been able to contact her yet. If anyone knows her and hears from her, advise her that she has kin in West TN. wanting to hear from her.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stacy jo

    This is a tragic loss, and now you all have looters to worry about... how sad is it that those folks who have lost so much stand to lose more to idiots who like to rob??!!! Be vigilant...be strong...be together with those that you can be with and love. To my heart connected family in Ala., we love you and are happy that you are okay. To those who are still not in touch with family and friends...PRAY. HE will hear your prayers. THANK Him for what you have and let's all band together and HELP those who need us at this time and always...

    May 1, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jamie Corne

    I am the publisher of Presstorm dot com. We are an alternative media outlet located in Michigan. My crew and I are setting up donations and our local Mid Michigan News Channel 5 is airing for us today and tomorrow for people to come donate items and funds to help us as we travel into Alabama to give out the donations and help clean up.

    We have a missing persons list started. This morning, we located one couple and announced it on twitter. We have a search and rescue team set up to go down there with us (investigative journalists) as well as a clean up crew and donations crew.

    In two days we've gotten two semi loads full of donations to bring to the south to give anyone who lost their home. Donations are needed still as we will be making two trips. This first trip will be for a week and then we will return to Michigan for more donations and then return to Alabama. Presstorm will begin helping in Alabama and move East into other states as help is needed.

    On our site we have instructions for volunteers. We have engaged in Operation Thriftstore. On our way to Alabama, we will be stopping at numerous Goodwill Stores along the way (map located on our site) to gather more donations from people that will meet us in the parking lot.

    If you want to help – you can go to presstorm dot com or contact jamie@presstorm.com where she can help advise you on where you can help the most depending on your area.

    Lets all get together on this America – FEMA, Red Cross, and United Way only have so much funds before it runs out. We need to pitch in and help! Thanks! -Presstorm Staff-

    May 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EdwardpTed

    Calm down!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
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