Alabama Tornadoes 2011
May 4, 2011 by USA Post
Alabama Tornadoes 2011, Alabama is still counting its dead after devastating tornado last week. The current death toll is 236, but that will change as the cleanup effort continues. The Alabama tornado death toll was revised downward at first, because some bodies were found in pieces.
This has been the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina, and April 27-28 saw 312 tornadoes, the most ever recorded in a single day. More than 3,700 Red Cross volunteers have made their way to the areas devastated by tornadoes. Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed, and thousands of families homeless.
Until Sunday, the death toll stands at more than 340 tornadoes and storms that hit the South last night Wednesday and early Thursday. The National Weather Service estimated that there were 266 tornadoes in 24 hours, a new record for a single storm system in the modern era (via WSJ.com). See below for an updated list of ways to help storm victims
The death toll from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck the south through five U.S. states on Wednesday jumped to a staggering 250 today, according to AP.
Alabama Emergency Management state agency said it had confirmed 162 deaths.
“We expect the toll, unfortunately, is increasing,” said Governor Robert Bentley ABC Good Morning America.
In Mississippi, officials reported 33 dead, while Tennessee raised its report to the 33. Another 13 have been killed in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
At the request of the governor of Alabama, Bentley, President Barack Obama passed an emergency federal aid, including search and rescue assets. So far, about 1,400 National Guard troops were deployed throughout the state.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster,” Obama said in a statement.
While rescue efforts continue, here are several ways to help those affected by the devastating storms:
For those struggling with hunger, WhyHunger has a “National Hunger Hotline,” helping people connect, who are struggling to reach their local food banks and pantries because local courts of the land line directly. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-866-3-starvation or 1-866-348-6479 for a referral to the emergency feeding, housing and government benefits nearby. Help is available Monday through Friday from 9 to 6 pm.
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