UPDATE: Violent storms smack the South, kill at least 85

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Severe weather that ripped through the South has now killed at least 85 people in five states.

Sixty-one people were killed in Alabama alone Wednesday, but officials fear that number could increase. One of the hardest-hit areas was Tuscaloosa, where a tornado barreled through the city, killing at least 15 people. The storm left debris in the streets and businesses unrecognizable. Students at the University of Alabama used flashlights to check out the damage.

About 1,400 National Guard soldiers are being deployed around the state.

The storm system also caused deaths in Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

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