POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 8:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 8:58pm
Pleasant Grove, AL (NBC) — More than 250 people have been killed by the deadly storms that punished the Southeast.
A record number of tornados spawned, 164 in one day. The previous number was 148.
Huge swaths of destruction cut right through towns like Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Where buildings and homes once stood, there is now only rubble, and debris litters the landscape for miles.
The massive outbreak was predicted but when the twisters hit, there was little time to take cover. Many had only moments to seek shelter.
President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Alabama and will travel to the storm ravaged state on Friday, as the region tries to recover from the worst tornado outbreak in nearly 40 years.
Mississippi and Tennessee are also facing a large number of fatalities where 32 people have died in each of those two states. Another 13 fatalities are being reported in Georgia and 8 in Virginia.