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Tornadoes and violent storms tore through at least six southern states, causing billions of dollars of damage. The system spawned some of the deadliest twisters in the country’s history. The death toll is growing. Three hundred people were killed when the system that came through Wednesday. The powerful tornadoes, more than 160 reported so far, cut a path of destruction as it headed west to east. In Georgia, a total of 23 counties were damaged, and Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in most of them. The hardest hit of the six affected states was Alabama. President Barrack Obama will visit survivors in Alabama to assess the damage today. Obama described the loss of life as “heartbreaking” and called the damage to homes and businesses as “nothing short of catastrophic.” He promised strong federal support in rebuilding efforts. The storm leveled entire neighborhoods, made major roads impassable and left millions in the south without power. Alabama suffered the greatest loss of life with 213 fatalities in 19 counties. Thirty-four died in Tennessee, 33 in Mississippi, 15 in Georgia, eight in Virginia, eleven in Arkansas and two in Louisiana. Crews in many of the states continue to look for many who are missing.

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