Storms rip across the US, killing at least 213

The death toll from a wave of violent storms that swept across the South  of the United States skyrocketed to 213 after county-by-county reviews by Alabama and Mississippi emergency management agencies Thursday turned up scores of additional fatalities that more than doubled the total, officials said, according to CNN. “This could be one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the nation’s history by the time it’s over,” CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris said. Long before the death toll mushroomed, governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia had declared states of emergency within their borders. President Barack Obama announced late Wednesday he had approved Bentley’s request for emergency federal assistance.

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