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The South's devastating tornadoes: By the numbers
The death toll climbs above 300 after terrifying storms ravage Alabama and other southern states. Here, a statistical snapshot of the damage
A woman surveys the damage of Thursday's tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where 900 people have been injured and, unofficially, more than 40 people killed.
A woman surveys the damage of Thursday's tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where 900 people have been injured and, unofficially, more than 40 people killed.
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A series of deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the southern U.S. this week, leaving hundreds of people dead and thousands injured. President Obama toured "rubble-strewn" neighborhoods in Alabama on Friday, calling the damage "heartbreaking" and "nothing short of catastrophic," and pledging that the federal government would help rebuild the region. Here, a guide to the tornadoes' toll as of 4 p.m. Friday:

At least 164

Tornadoes reported across the South on Wednesday, according to Reuters

At least 318
People killed by the twisters, according to the Associated Press
 

More than 900
Tornadoes reported in the U.S. since April 1, according to Reuters
 

8
Southern states in which the tornadoes reportedly caused fatalities: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia

228
People killed in Alabama, according to the Associated Press

33
People killed in Mississippi

34
People killed in Tennessee

42
Unofficial death toll in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to a city spokeswoman cited by CNN

900
People injured in Tuscaloosa

Up to 1 million
People in Alabama left without power, according to Reuters

2,000
National Guard troops activated to help with storm-related cleanup and rescue efforts in Alabama

1,680
People who spent Wednesday in Red Cross shelters across nine states, according to a spokeswoman cited by The New York Times

205
Peak wind speed, in miles per hour, of a tornado that struck Smithville, Miss., on Wednesday. The National Weather Service rated that storm an EF-5, the highest rating given to tornadoes. The last EF-5 storm in the U.S. hit Iowa on May 25, 2008.

14
Deaths caused by the Smithville tornado

330
People killed by a "tornado super outbreak" that hit 13 states on April 3 and 4, 1974, the most recent disaster with a comparable death toll

 695
People killed by the "Tri-State Tornado" of 1925, which struck Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana and remains the deadliest tornado storm in U.S. history

Sources: Associated Press, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, LiveScience

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