'Ongoing outbreak:' Death toll climbs as severe weather continues to hit the U.S.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:09 AM -
Another round of severe storms and tornadoes, this time barreling through the South, left behind a trail of destruction on Monday.
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In Tupelo, Mississippi, homes and buildings were leveled and emergency officials declared an "emergency" after reports of a large twister touching down.
"Everything was flying," one resident said as other people tried to pick up whatever they could salvage from their homes.
In Alabama, the governor declared a state of emergency in all counties Monday night.
According to officials, Monday's storm system killed at least 11 people in the South bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 28.
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The U.S. National Weather Service issued tornado watches and warnings throughout the day, prompting thousands of residents to hunker down in basements and shelters.
The risk for more severe weather continues through Wednesday, putting millions of people in the threat area.
"An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes is expected to continue through at least Tuesday as a potent storm system slowly pushes east across the nation," says weather.com. "Locations from the Plains into the Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and parts of the South could see severe storms and tornadoes on one or multiple days. In addition, flooding rainfall will also be a serious threat."
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