Tornadoes' Toll 2nd Worst in US History

Rescuers in Tuscaloosa fear count will keep rising
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2011 8:58 AM CDT
A man takes photographs of the devastation near Tuscaloosa.   (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter)
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(Newser) – The tornado death toll keeps rising steadily. The seven-state total is now at 339, with nearly 250 of those in Alabama, reports AP. What's worse, rescuers in Tuscaloosa say the city's confirmed toll of 39 feels low, with scores of people still unaccounted for, notes the Tuscaloosa Times. The biggest death toll in US history came in 1925, long before the age of Doppler radar, when 747 were killed in Midwest storms. Emergency services in hard-hit areas are struggling to cope, and the Huffington Post provides provides a roundup of ways people can help with donations. (Read more Southern tornadoes stories.)

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