47 Dead As Twisters Tear Across The South

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) - The destruction from a storm that
spawned swarms of tornadoes is becoming more apparent this morning
as officials in Alabama report three more people were killed. That
brings the death toll across the South to 47. Hundreds more are
injured.

Crews are doing door-to-door searches to see if there are any
more victims.

The twisters tore the roof from a shopping mall, battered mobile
homes and laid waste to warehouses in their five-state rampage.

The coroner in Arkansas says two adults and their 11-year-old
child were killed when their home "took a direct hit" from the
storm. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe plans to tour the town where
they lived.

In Memphis, Tennessee, high winds collapsed the roof of a Sears
store at a mall. In Mississippi, the Desoto County Sheriff's
Department says a twister shredded warehouses in an industrial
park.

Emergency officials say the victims include 24 people in
Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas and seven in Kentucky, in addition to the
three in Alabama.


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