Deadly Weather Tears Through South

Severe storms and massive tornadoes ripped through the South, killing hundreds of people in six states. Here's some of the damage the weather left behind.

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Powerful storms swept through the South, leveling entire neighborhoods and killing hundreds of people. Nearly 200 were killed in Alabama alone and 2,000 National Guard troops were activated in the state to help in the search and recovery effort. Here, residents search through what is left of their homes after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, Ala.
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University of Alabama student Chris England captured one of the twisters on tape. "I just couldn't believe it," he said. "I have never seen anything like this in person." The storms spawned dozens of tornadoes in what was the deadliest outbreak of weather in nearly 40 years.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"You cannot prepare against an F5," Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley said, referring to the most powerful rating for wind intensity. As many as one million people are without power in the hard-hit state. Here, Vicki Wood searches through what remains of her daughter's home.
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President Barack Obama approved emergency assistance for Alabama and plans to visit the state on Friday. "You're talking about whole neighborhoods of housing just completely gone. Churches, gone. Businesses, gone. I'm not talking about just roofs being blown off but just completely gone," the mayor of Birmingham, Ala., told NPR.
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The weather that destroyed large swaths of the South is now on the move, sparking severe weather warnings in parts of New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Here, storm clouds pass over the Pentagon during tornado alerts in the Washington region.
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Dark clouds hang over New York's downtown skyline as National Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the region.
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In Tuscaloosa, Ala., a city of more than 80,000, the storms caused "utter destruction." "We have neighborhoods that have been basically removed from the map," Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said.
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A bicyclist makes his way through the rubble in Tuscaloosa, Ala. "It is an unsettling feeling to look out on a skyline you no longer recognize," a Tuscaloosa resident told al.com.
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Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala.
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Storm debris litters the street near blown-away businesses in downtown Cullman, Ala.
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Residents of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky were also killed in the massive storms.
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A steel frame is all that remains of the fuel stand at Cheatham's Grocery Store in Coy, Miss.
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An Easter cross stands before the remains of the Smithville Baptist Church in Smithville, Miss. A tornado destroyed much of the small community.
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Officials say the cleanup effort may take several weeks, if not months.
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Residents search through what is left of their homes after a tornado hits Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham. "It's just bare land, debris everywhere," Cierra Brown of Jefferson County told WBMA, a CNN affiliate. "There's no house."
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