Storms in south claim 200 lives

The deadliest outbreak of violent storms in nearly 40 years has now left at least 214 people dead across the South — and officials say they expect that number to rise. Alabama's state emergency management agency said it had confirmed more than 130 deaths. There were 32 in Mississippi, 29 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Forecasters say they received more than 130 reports of tornadoes around the region into last night. They say the deaths were the most in a tornado outbreak since 1974, when 315 people died. 

In a neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., which took a direct hit from a tornado late yesterday, dozens of homes are without roofs, and household items are scattered all over the ground. Streets are impassable — covered with trees, pieces of houses and cars with their windows blown out. A medical resident at a Tuscaloosa hospital fled the hospital's parking deck when the wind started swirling. He says he looked back and “saw trees and stuff coming by.'' Another doctor who was at the hospital when the tornado hit walked several blocks with his wife to get to their house, which was destroyed. A few houses away, he helped pull three students from the rubble. One was dead and two were badly injured. On the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, university officials say there doesn't appear to be significant damage. Video of the tornado hitting the city of more than 83,000 was captured by a news camera mounted on a tower.

See tornado video as local television stations covered the storm.