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Tornado outbreak is second deadliest in US history

The death toll from tornadoes across the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday with more than 1,700 injured and a further eight missing, making the storm the second deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.

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AFP - The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.

The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 left 747 people dead. The third deadliest tornado storm struck in 1932, killing 332 people.

In Alabama alone, Wednesday's deadly storms claimed 254 lives, the state Emergency Management Agency reported.

In addition, 1,730 people in the state were either hospitalized or injured while eight others were listed as missing.

Entire blocks were obliterated in Tuscaloosa, a city of about 90,000 people.

President Barack Obama pledged help for Tuscaloosa and dozens of other cities and towns across the southern states struck by the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

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