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[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.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern U.S. states has jumped to 249.
Alabama officials confirmed 162 deaths. Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to 33.
Another 14 have been killed in Georgia and 8 in Virginia.
A massive, deadly, perhaps even historic tornado outbreak unfolded over the South from Monday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 27. The preliminary tornado count over the three days, as of this writing, has totaled more than 250. Over 150 of these occurred on Wednesday.
Tornado Damage: What to Do After the Storm
First, make sure the tornado or tornadoes are truly gone. Stay tuned to The Weather Channel, your local television or radio station, or NOAA weather radio to get the latest emergency information.
How to Help the Injured
* Help injured or trapped persons by administering first aid
* Call 911 as soon as possible if there are life-threatening injuries.
Beware of Hazards
* Stay away from downed power lines; report them to your utility company.
* Stay away from damaged buildings until inspectors have given you the green light.
* If there is flooding, watch for snakes and other animals forced into your home from rising waters.
* Evacuate if you smell fumes or gas and notify emergency personnel.
* To prevent fires, use flashlights, not candles, when you check for electricity after a tornado.
* If your home has been spared from damage, keep children and pets inside.
* If pets must be walked outside, keep them on a leash. Learn more tips for keeping your pet safe during emergencies.
Repairing the Damage
* Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing as you begin cleaning.
* Clean up dangerous spills immediately -- medicines, bleaches, chemicals, gasoline, or other flammable liquids.
Assess Psychological Effects
* In addition to the obvious physical damage, tornadoes can sometimes cause emotional trauma and distress. Crisis counseling can help.
* Should you or your children need crisis counseling, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross for information.
Originally posted by Finalized
reply to post by TrueAmerican
Nothing gets you moving faster than hearing tornado sirens.
Those guys down in Birmingham had it going on, and stayed for the duration- like 16 hours. Very specific reports about warning areas, down to the roads and towns- I pretty much watched the whole thing.
Possibly the hardest hit area was the Alabama city of Tuscaloosa where 32 people died. Early estimates indicate that the tornado in Tuscaloosa could have been on the ground for 176 miles with winds between 167 and 200 mph. The city was stunned by the devastation that not only hit homes and commercials area, but destroyed much of the city's public works infrastructure including the city's emergency management administration headquarters.