April 27, 2011
A funnel cloud approaches Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday, where reported widespread damage occurred from the storm in this photo, which was taken looking north from Taylorsville, Ala.
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Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 200 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, and officials said Thursday they expected the death toll to rise.
A wave of thunderstorms with winds blowing near hurricane force strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people from Arkansas to Alabama, including a father struck by a tree while protecting his daughter at a Mississippi campsite.