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Tornado outbreak second deadliest in U.S. history

As the death toll keeps rising, a destructive storm that swept through the Southeast and killed more than 350 people is so far the second deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. history. More>>

Southern storms' toll surpasses 300 deaths

A horrific storm system that killed more than 300 people in seven states across the South is one of the worst the country has experienced in more than four decades. More>>

Obama tours devastated Alabama; 334 dead

President Barack Obama and his family toured the shattered remains of storm-ravaged neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, AL, and offered hope and help as 19 Alabama counties and seven states attempt to recover from storms that killed more than 300 people. More>>

Tornadoes rip through Alabama, killing at least 131

An especially violent spring storm tore through the state of Alabama on Wednesday, tearing a path of destruction across the state and killing at least 131 people. More>>

Witnesses: Tuscaloosa tornado was like a bomb

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Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before. More>>

Gov. Bentley mobilizes 1,400 Guardsmen

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Governor Robert Bentley has mobilized approximately 1,400 Alabama National Guardsmen to provide emergency assistance to the Alabama counties impacted by the severe weather outbreak. More>>

Suggested Donations

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Here are things that are desperately needed. More>>

NWS confirms EF-5 tornado in Hackleburg

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The tornado that devastated the Hackleburg community has now been classified as an EF-5, the strongest on a scale measuring tornadoes. More>>

President to survey AL damage, EF3 tornado confirmed in west GA

Governor Nathan Deal is currently touring the state after strong storm cells ravaged the state Wednesday night. Governor Deal says so far 14 people died across the state, and 16 counties were affected. More>>

NY Yankees donate $500,000 to tornado relief

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The Yankees announced on Friday that they have donated $500,000 to support tornado-relief efforts in the southern U.S. More>>

NY Yankees donate $500,000 to tornado relief

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The Yankees announced on Friday that they have donated $500,000 to support tornado-relief efforts in the southern U.S. More>>

Madison County officials: 239 homes destroyed by tornado

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Madison County officials held a news conference Saturday and outlined how residents can get help, where volunteers can help, when services will be restored and other important information for citizens. More>>

Tornadoes kill 133 people in north Alabama

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The devastation in north Alabama has been unimaginable. In Madison County alone, 239 homes were destroyed by Wednesday's deadly tornadoes. More>>

Statewide hospital blood drive planned

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The Alabama Hospital Association is asking all hospitals in areas not affected by this week's storms to assist in replenishing blood supplies by encouraging their employees and their families to donate blood on Tues., May 3, and Wed., May 4. More>>

Gov. Bentley calls for "Day of Prayer"

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Governor Robert Bentley Friday signed a proclamation calling for a statewide "Day of Prayer" on Sunday, May 1 to remember those who lost their lives in Wednesday's storms.  More>>

Transcript: President Obama in Tuscaloosa

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Well, Michelle and I want to express, first of all, our deepest condolences to not just the city of Tuscaloosa but the state of Alabama and all the other states that have been affected by this unbelievable storm. More>>

Prattville students show support for victims

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A touching tribute from students at Prattville High School. More>>

Social media works to reunite storm victims with lost items

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Home, trees, and cars can be replaced, but it's that special picture, important document, or family heirloom that usually causes the most heartache for storm victims, but a facebook page that popped up after the storms hopes to reunite those items with their owners. More>>

Area sheriff's office to aid tornado victims

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Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor is sending teams of deputies to help patrol in some of the damaged areas in Alabama. More>>

TIC collecting bottled water today for victims of recent tornados

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TIC Federal Credit Union will be collecting bottled water during an event today at their North Branch location Friday, April 29th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7300 Veterans Parkway, Columbus. More>>

Weather service confirms 7 tornadoes in Virginia

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The National Weather Service confirmed Friday morning that seven tornadoes touched down in central and southwest Virginia Wednesday and Thursday. Governor Bob McDonnell is touring the area with the most damaging, an EF3 tornado in Washington County. More>>

How tornado warnings are issued Video included

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As we saw on Wednesday severe storms rolled across Region 8 and before long a quick spin-up tornado had developed in southern Craighead County. More>>

President to survey AL damage, EF3 tornado confirmed in west GA

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Governor Nathan Deal is currently touring the state after strong storm cells ravaged the state Wednesday night. Governor Deal says so far 14 people died across the state, and 16 counties were affected. More>>

Elmore County rallies around tornado victims

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Elmore County High School in Eclectic is being used as a shelter.  The Red Cross, Elmore County EMA and others have been providing food and other assistance to storm victims. More>>

Bentley: high death toll not because residents weren't prepared

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The Alabama death toll continues to climb as the shock of what happened Wednesday starts to sink in. More>>

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant recovering after losing power

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Crews are working to restore power to a nuclear plant in northern Alabama. More>>

Dozens of tornadoes kill 200 in 6 Southern states

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Alabama officials say they have raised the death toll from a deadly tornado outbreak to 131. That brings to 200 the number of people who have died in six states across the South. More>>

Storms kill one person in Halifax County

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The Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator said a woman's body was found in a road after the strong storms. More>>

Storm hits northeast Arkansas, tornado confirmed

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Surprising many, a tornado dropped out of storm Wednesday afternoon destroying a home near Lake City and causing damage out into Craighead county and beyond. More>>

Help being rushed to Tuscaloosa, other damaged areas

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Personnel and equipment are being rushed to tornado ravaged cities like Tuscaloosa where reports indicate at least 15 people have died in Wednesday's tornado outbreaks. More>>

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Tornado touches down in Chambers County

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News Leader 9 has learned that a tornado touched down near the Tallapoosa Chambers County line. More>>

BREAKING NEWS

President Obama signs Alabama Emergency Declaration

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President Barack Obama Wednesday evening declared an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local response efforts... More>>

President Obama signs Alabama emergency declaration

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The President Wednesday night declared an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local response efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds. More>>

Governor Bentley declares state of emergency

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Governor Robert Bentley is declaring a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties as severe weather moves across the state. More>>

Missouri residents trying to stay upbeat after tornado

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The weather is now calm in and around St. Louis, MO and residents are surveying the damage from a tornado on April 22. More>>

Are tornado sirens relevant anymore

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Tornado sirens can be found all over Region 8 including Walnut Ridge, but one city in Arkansas may be looking to get rid of theirs. More>>

Kohl's helps tornado victims

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Kohl's department store recently made a large donation to the American Red Cross for tornado victims. More>>

Power back on after thunderstorms, hail strike Charleston area

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Power is back on for just about everyone after severe weather knocked out power for 2,000 people in the Charleston area Thursday evening. More>>

Lightning strike causes some tornado sirens to malfunction

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Many Action News 5 viewers reported problems with sirens during Tuesday night's severe storms. More>>

Storm barrels through OH and MI damaging trees, power lines

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One area hit hard locally was in Oregon near Maumee Bay State Park. Lightning is blamed for a house fire in Wood County. More>>

Storms kill 45 across 6 states; damage widespread

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North Carolina officials have confirmed another death from a tornado in hard-hit Bertie County, raising the state's death toll from storms to 18. More>>

Katrina victim: Preparation key before, after hurricanes Video included

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Pam Datlof knows devastation. She lived in Gulfport, MI, for years before Hurricane Katrina disrupted her life on the Gulf Coast. More>>

Protecting your pets through the storm Video included

Animal experts say every household should have a pet friendly evacuation plan. More>>

Do I need flood insurance? Video included

Being prepared for a major storm means making sure you have the right insurance to cover your home, but contrary to popular belief, homeowner's insurance doesn't cover everything. More>>

Understanding your insurance Video included

When it comes to a hurricane, one of the most important things you can do to prepare is have insurance and understand your policy. More>>

How to properly board up your home before a hurricane Video included

When a hurricane is heading towards the Grand Strand, experts say you must know how to properly board up your windows and doors. They say if a storm breaks glass, it's in your home. More>>

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