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Severe storms continue to cripple the southern region of the United States leaving a deadly path in its way. Death tolls from five Southern U.S. states jumped to a staggering 178 after Alabama surveyed its counties for a new tally of lives lost.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said early Thursday it had confirmed 128 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier.  

The storm winds completely wiped out homes, small business and the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., received 137 tornado reports around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi.

One of the hardest hit areas was Tuscaloosa, at least 15 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital.



Rescue workers tend to an injured person after what appeared to be a tornado ripped through parts of Concord, Ala.

A young resident surveys the damage to a home near Bond, Miss.


Zach Vetter walks in floodwater from the Mississippi River Wednesday.

Tamisha Cunningham, who suffered a leg injury when her home was destroyed, looks over the damage while waiting for medical care, near Athens, Ala.

A house crumbles under the storms.


An injured man is carried away after a tornado touched down.

The remains of Hill’s Carpet Center in Concord Ala., are seen after what appeared to be a tornado ripped through parts of the town late Wednesday.

Residents survey the damage to a home near Bond, Miss.


Willie Hyde holds his grand daughter 2-years-old Sierra Goldsmith near where their house stood in Concord Ala.

Deputy Johnny Morell and Kirk Bowley escort John Wessinger from the remains of his home in the McCulley Mill Road area near Athens, Ala. 

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