Death Toll From Wednesday’s Storms at 193 …Update: Nearly 300 Killed in Storms

Storm chasers captured this amazing video of the massive tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama yesterday.

The death toll stands at 178 but is expected to rise.
The AP reported:

The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern U.S. states jumped to a staggering 178 Thursday after Alabama canvassed its hard-hit counties for a new tally of lives lost.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 128 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier.

“We expect that toll, unfortunately, to rise,” Gov. Robert Bentley told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to six from one. Another 11 have been killed in Georgia and one in Virginia.

The fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.

UPDATE: The death toll now stands at 193.

UPDATE:
At least 297 people were killed across six states in Wednesday’s storms.

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