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04/28/2011 02:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Killer Storms Wrack U.S.

At least 200 people are dead and the devastation continues to mount in the wake of massive storms in the southern United States.

Officials in Alabama have confirmed 131 deaths so far, while there were 32 in Mississippi, 15 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky.

Those numbers, however, will likely rise.

On Wednesday night, the National Weather Service received 137 tornado reports from across the five states. The storms razed homes and business and forced a nuclear power plant to use a backup generator.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama a news camera caught a tornado as it raged through the city of 83,000. A few hours later, the city was unrecognizable. Debris-littered streets were hopelessly blocked, storefronts shattered and sirens wailed throughout the night. In all, 15 people were killed on Wednesday with some 100 hospitalized.

Students at the University of Alabama resorted to flashlights to navigate the ruins.
Local flower shop owner Bronson Englebert used the headlights from his delivery vans to see what valuables he could remove from his shattered shop.

"It even blew out the back wall, and I've got bricks on top of two delivery vans now," Englebert told The Associated Press.

Students stopped to help Englebert, carrying out items like computers and printers and putting them in his van.

"They've been awfully good to me so far," Englebert said.

With files from Associated Press