Violent storms smack the South, kill at least 82
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The severe weather system that has ravaged Mississippi and Alabama is now in Georgia, and officials there are reporting nine deaths in the state.
That increases the death toll to 82 across four states in the South. Alabama is by far the hardest-hit, with at least 61 deaths.
The university town of Tuscaloosa was obliterated, a nuclear power plant had to use backup generators and even a weather service office had to be evacuated because of the storms.
In Mississippi, 11 people had been killed. One person died in Tennessee.
The storms also spawned tornadoes in Virginia and were heading northeast, where they had already caused flooding in New York.
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