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  • A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town.

      A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town.
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  • Lightning arcs across the sky over downtown Evansville, Ind. Severe thunderstorms hit the tri-state for the sixth consecutive night as heavy rains and thunderstorms have already flooded out numerous roads and towns and forced the set-up of a flood wall along the riverfront downtown. (Darryl Smith photo)

      Lightning arcs across the sky over downtown Evansville, Ind. Severe thunderstorms hit the tri-state for the sixth consecutive night as heavy rains and thunderstorms have already flooded out numerous roads and towns and forced the set-up of a flood wall along the riverfront downtown. (Darryl Smith photo)
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  • Storm damage to the home of Vincent and Robin Bailey is seen in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Storms rolling through Tennessee in waves spawned likely tornadoes, caused widespread damage and added to flooding problems Wednesday.

      Storm damage to the home of Vincent and Robin Bailey is seen in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Storms rolling through Tennessee in waves spawned likely tornadoes, caused widespread damage and added to flooding problems Wednesday.
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  • Volunteers place sandbags around a garage to protect it from rising floodwaters from the Mississippi River Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Commerce, Mo.

      Volunteers place sandbags around a garage to protect it from rising floodwaters from the Mississippi River Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Commerce, Mo.
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  • Associated PressVicki Wood searches through what is left of her daughter's home Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.

      Associated PressVicki Wood searches through what is left of her daughter's home Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.

  • Residents search through what is left of their homes Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon.

      Residents search through what is left of their homes Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon.
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  • Tiffany Wood walks through her backyard looking for belongings Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.

      Tiffany Wood walks through her backyard looking for belongings Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.
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  • A man pauses to look at damage from a deadly tornado, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      A man pauses to look at damage from a deadly tornado, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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  • John Boxmeyer climbs through the rubble of a home where he was helping friends recover belongings on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      John Boxmeyer climbs through the rubble of a home where he was helping friends recover belongings on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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  • A vehicle sits damaged after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham a day earlier, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala.

      A vehicle sits damaged after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham a day earlier, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala.
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  • Tiffany Wood carries clothes from her home Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon.

      Tiffany Wood carries clothes from her home Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon.
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  • A utility pole hangs from wires in front of a church in downtown Cullman, Ala. after a tornado touched down on Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011.

      A utility pole hangs from wires in front of a church in downtown Cullman, Ala. after a tornado touched down on Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011.
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  • Clyde Lafon, from left, Alice Lafon and Liz Perry walk from the area where their houses stood, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Concord, Ala., after severe weather crossed the area.

      Clyde Lafon, from left, Alice Lafon and Liz Perry walk from the area where their houses stood, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Concord, Ala., after severe weather crossed the area.
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  • In this image from WBMA-TV, a tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town.

      In this image from WBMA-TV, a tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town.
    Associated Press

  • A tree is uprooted and landed on a truck and camper from a storm early Wednesday April 27, 2011 in Arab, Ala.

      A tree is uprooted and landed on a truck and camper from a storm early Wednesday April 27, 2011 in Arab, Ala.
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  • Sandra Gayle McCrory's son David McCrory, right, gets a hug from a friend near his parents home in Moody, Ala., where Sandra Gayle McCrory's was killed Wednesday, April 27, 2011 when three trees fell on her mobile home.

      Sandra Gayle McCrory's son David McCrory, right, gets a hug from a friend near his parents home in Moody, Ala., where Sandra Gayle McCrory's was killed Wednesday, April 27, 2011 when three trees fell on her mobile home.
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  • Destruction remains after strong storms passed through Birmingham, Ala., and surrounding areas during the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Many power lines and trees litter the streets of Cahaba Heights.

      Destruction remains after strong storms passed through Birmingham, Ala., and surrounding areas during the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Many power lines and trees litter the streets of Cahaba Heights.
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  • Terry Smith pulls a cart filled with sandbags at the Clarksville Holiday Inn in Clarksville, Ind., Thursday, April 28, 2011. A lake behind the hotel overflowed filling the lower level of the hotel.

      Terry Smith pulls a cart filled with sandbags at the Clarksville Holiday Inn in Clarksville, Ind., Thursday, April 28, 2011. A lake behind the hotel overflowed filling the lower level of the hotel.
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  • Lightning streaks above Cornith Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., as a line of severe thunderstorms sweep across Georgia in the early morning on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

      Lightning streaks above Cornith Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., as a line of severe thunderstorms sweep across Georgia in the early morning on Thursday, April 28, 2011.
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  • Residents drive past stripped pine trees from a tornado that passed through Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Several tornadoes hit in the state resulting in number of deaths.

      Residents drive past stripped pine trees from a tornado that passed through Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Several tornadoes hit in the state resulting in number of deaths.
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  • An injured man is carried away after a tornado touched down, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala.

      An injured man is carried away after a tornado touched down, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala.
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  • Michael Dunn is hugged by his mother Patricia Dunn as they stand in the road that lead to his house which was completely destroyed after a tornado touched down, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Concord, Ala.

      Michael Dunn is hugged by his mother Patricia Dunn as they stand in the road that lead to his house which was completely destroyed after a tornado touched down, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Concord, Ala.
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  • Faye Hyde, right, sits on a mattress in what was her yard as she comforts her granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith, 2, in Conord Ala. Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

      Faye Hyde, right, sits on a mattress in what was her yard as she comforts her granddaughter Sierra Goldsmith, 2, in Conord Ala. Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
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  • People stand outside the Saint Mary Primitive Baptist Church that was totally destroyed when a tornado hits Pratt City just north of downtown Birmingham on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala.

      People stand outside the Saint Mary Primitive Baptist Church that was totally destroyed when a tornado hits Pratt City just north of downtown Birmingham on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala.
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  • A large tornado sweeps through Limestone County, south of Athens, Ala., near Stewart Road, Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011.

      A large tornado sweeps through Limestone County, south of Athens, Ala., near Stewart Road, Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011.
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  • Lorna McCarter, left, and daughter Susan Hutchins regroup with their dog Shadow after their home was destroyed in the Cedar Crest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wednesday.

      Lorna McCarter, left, and daughter Susan Hutchins regroup with their dog Shadow after their home was destroyed in the Cedar Crest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wednesday.
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