TORNADOES: Information about the Southern storms

Death toll stands at 280 as of 4 p.m. Thursday
Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:52 a.m. CDT; updated 4:11 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses across the southern United States.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the region, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi.

The Weather Channel website provides a map showing tornado locations, damage and the times when the storm hit each location.

Here are the most recent death tolls in the states hit hardest by the storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast, killing at least 280 people:

  • Alabama: 194 dead
  • Mississippi: 33 dead
  • Tennessee: 33 dead
  • Georgia: 14 dead
  • Virginia: 5 dead
  • Kentucky: 1 dead

See the size of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., storm in these videos, collected by the New York Times. This New York Times map shows the path of the storms.

Learn more about tornadoes and how to stay safe during a storm with information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site.

Read more about the storms from the Tuscaloosa News site and the Birmingham News website. View PDFs of front pages from Thursday editions around Alabama and the South.

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