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Storms Obliterate Southern Communities

The death toll from severe storms that obliterated large swaths of land across the South was rising across southern states April 28, 2011. The fierce storms spawned tornadoes that wiped out homes and businesses and forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO VIEW FULL IMAGE, START SLIDE SHOW.

Faye Hyde, right, sits on a mattress in what was her yard Wednesday as she comforts her granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith, 2, in Conord Ala. Their home was completely destroyed. Enlarge Faye Hyde, right, sits on a mattress in what was her yard Wednesday as she comforts her granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith,...
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Emergency responders search for injured and missing people Wednesday near Warrior River Road and Master's Drive in Concord, Ala. Enlarge Emergency responders search for injured and missing people Wednesday near Warrior River Road and Master's Drive in Concord, Ala....
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An emergency responder combs through the wreckage of a destroyed home after a tornado touched down Wednesday in Smithville, Miss. Enlarge An emergency responder combs through the wreckage of a destroyed home after a tornado touched down Wednesday in Smithville, Miss....
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An injured man is carried away after a tornado touched down Wednesday in  Birmingham, Ala. Enlarge An injured man is carried away after a tornado touched down Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala.
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A large tornado sweeps through Limestone County, south of Athens, Ala., near Stewart Road on Wednesday afternoon. Enlarge A large tornado sweeps through Limestone County, south of Athens, Ala., near Stewart Road on Wednesday afternoon.
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Extensive damage is seen Wednesday after a tornado ripped through parts of Concord, Ala. Enlarge Extensive damage is seen Wednesday after a tornado ripped through parts of Concord, Ala.
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A group of emergency volunteers move a body recovered among the devastation in Smithville, Miss., after a tornado destroyed much of the small town on April 27, 2011. Enlarge A group of emergency volunteers move a body recovered among the devastation in Smithville, Miss., after a tornado destroyed much ...
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A commercial business building in downtown Cullman, Ala., crumbles after a tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon. Enlarge A commercial business building in downtown Cullman, Ala., crumbles after a tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon.
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Lightning streaks above Cornith Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., as a line of severe thunderstorms sweep across Georgia in the early morning on Thursday. Enlarge Lightning streaks above Cornith Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., as a line of severe thunderstorms sweep across Georgia in the ...
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Michael Dunn is hugged by his mother, Patricia Dunn, as they stand in the road that lead to his house, which was completely destroyed after a tornado touched down Wednesday in Concord, Ala. Enlarge Michael Dunn is hugged by his mother, Patricia Dunn, as they stand in the road that lead to his house,...
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Rescue workers search a hillside Wednesday after what a tornado ripped devastated parts of Concord, Ala. Enlarge Rescue workers search a hillside Wednesday after what a tornado ripped devastated parts of Concord, Ala.
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Tamisha Cunningham, who suffered a leg injury when her home was destroyed, looks over the tornado damage near Athens, Ala., on Wednesday while waiting for medical care. Enlarge Tamisha Cunningham, who suffered a leg injury when her home was destroyed, looks over the tornado damage near Athens, Ala....
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Residents remove their possessions from the remains of their tornado damaged home near Bond, Miss., on Wednesday. Enlarge Residents remove their possessions from the remains of their tornado damaged home near Bond, Miss., on Wednesday.
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People stand outside the Saint Mary Primitive Baptist Church that was totally destroyed when a tornado hit Pratt Cit,y just north of downtown Birmingham, on Wednesday. Enlarge People stand outside the Saint Mary Primitive Baptist Church that was totally destroyed when a tornado hit Pratt Cit,y ...
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An injured person is removed from the Masters Drive area of Concord, Ala., after a tornado ripped through parts of the town late Wednesday. Enlarge An injured person is removed from the Masters Drive area of Concord, Ala., after a tornado ripped through parts of ...
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John Segars' Heating and Air was destroyed in Concord, Ala., in the storm. Enlarge John Segars' Heating and Air was destroyed in Concord, Ala., in the storm.
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Willie Hyde holds 2-year-old granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith near where their house stood in Concord Ala., after a tornado obliterated it Wednesday. Enlarge Willie Hyde holds 2-year-old granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith near where their house stood in Concord Ala., after a tornado ...
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Rescue workers tend to an injured person in Concord, Ala., on Wednesday. Enlarge Rescue workers tend to an injured person in Concord, Ala., on Wednesday.
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Concord Fire and Rescue personnel run toward a large downed tree that was blocking Warrior River Road in Concord, Ala., after a tornado touched down Wednesday. Enlarge Concord Fire and Rescue personnel run toward a large downed tree that was blocking Warrior River Road in Concord, Ala....
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The remains of Hill's Carpet Center in Concord Ala., are seen after a tornado ripped through parts of the town late Wednesday Enlarge The remains of Hill's Carpet Center in Concord Ala., are seen after a tornado ripped through parts of the town late Wednesday
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A car lies overturned and buildings destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday. Enlarge A car lies overturned and buildings destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed ...
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An Alabama National Guard vehicle patrols the streets in downtown Cullman, Ala., after a tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon. Enlarge An Alabama National Guard vehicle patrols the streets in downtown Cullman, Ala., after a tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon....
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Chase Spradlin, right, comforts Judy Cook after a tornado destroyed her Concord, Ala., home Wednesday. Enlarge Chase Spradlin, right, comforts Judy Cook after a tornado destroyed her Concord, Ala., home Wednesday.
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Concrete steps lead to an empty space where a mobile home had sat in Preston, Miss., on Wednesday. The home and one next to it were blown about 100 feet away into a cow pasture. Three related women died at the site. Enlarge Concrete steps lead to an empty space where a mobile home had sat in Preston, Miss., on Wednesday. The home ...
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