US tornado outbreak death toll rises
AT least 291 people were killed across six states – more than twothirds of them in Alabama – as America’s deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades destroyed entire neighbourhoods.
Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors, combing the remains of houses and neighbourhoods of large large cities that bore the scars the twisters left behind.
President Barack Obama travelled to Alabama to see the storm damage and talk to affected families.
“We can’t control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it,” Mr Obama said. “And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover.”
The storm prediction centre received 164 tornado reports around the region, but it could take days to get a final count.
Wrecked: Francine Rollins and Rondroka Long sit among rubble in their Tuscaloosa neighbourhood in Alabama