UPDATE: The death toll is now reported to be 280.
Tornadoes and storms in the south-eastern United States have killed at least 250 people, officials say.
In Alabama, the worst-hit state, more than 162 have died in recent days - including 36 killed by a tornado that devastated the city of Tuscaloosa.
Deaths and widespread devastation are also reported in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia.
A state of emergency has been declared in seven states, and federal aid money is being sent to Alabama.
The US National Weather Service has reports of nearly 300 tornadoes since the storm began on Friday, more than 150 of them on Wednesday alone.
An ongoing tornado outbreak began on April 25, 2011 and is affecting the Southern and Eastern United States with catastrophic destruction especially
across Alabama. The sequence produced destructive tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and
affected several other areas thorughout the southern and eastern United States.
Widespread and destructive tornadoes occurred on each day of the outbreak so far, with tornadoes forecast as possible, though not likely as large or
numerous, on April 28th. As of at 3 p.m. EDT on April 28, 2011, 263 people had been reported to have been killed as a result of the outbreak. This
makes the event the deadliest tornado outbreak since the 1974 Super Outbreak (which killed between 315-330 people), and the deadliest tornado outbreak
to occur in the United States in the era of the modern NEXRAD doppler radar network, which was fully implemented in 1997 (surpassing the death toll of
the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, which killed 57 people).
Nuclear power plant affected by tornado:
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the Tennessee Valley Authority had lost the ability to transmit power from its Browns Ferry Nuclear
Plant. The loss of ability to transmit power from the plant had forced it to perform a cold shutdown while being run with diesel generators. Chief
Operating Officer Bill McCollum of TVA stated that it could be weeks before the plant is up and running again.
edit on 28-4-2011 by Mercurio
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