The Death Toll of the April 27 Tornadoes

Tragically

The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.  The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 left 747 people dead. The third-deadliest tornado storm struck in 1932, killing 332 people.  “I’ve never seen devastation like this. It is heartbreaking,” President Barack Obama said in Tuscaloosa Friday after meeting victims whose homes were demolished.  In Alabama alone, Wednesday’s deadly storms claimed 254 lives, the state Emergency Management Agency reported.  In addition, 1,730 people in the state were either hospitalized or injured while eight others were listed as missing.

With so many missing it is certain, sadly, that many more fatalities can be expected.

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