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.
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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

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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


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


People killed in Alabama, according to the Associated Press


People killed in Mississippi


People killed in Tennessee


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


People injured in Tuscaloosa

Up to 1 million

People in Alabama left without power, according to Reuters


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


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


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.


Deaths caused by the Smithville tornado


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


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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