Deadly Storms Ravage The South; Alabama Hit Hard
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Let's go now to the heart of the storm damage across much of the South this morning.
INSKEEP: Of all yesterday's storms, the deadliest came in Alabama. And the worst of those was a tornado that approached Tuscaloosa.
MONTAGNE: It did not miss the neighborhood where Alexis McGraw lives.
MONTAGNE: There was glass, it was metal all over the street. I mean the houses were - nothing was left. It was just mostly a lot of concrete foundations that were the only thing left.
INSKEEP: Yasamie August of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency says that's because the storm struck urban areas.
MONTAGNE: It hit a very dense, populated area. You know, it wasn't out in the field. Sometimes, when you see a tornado, you can kind of see it coming through an empty field or farmland. Well, this is not what we're referring to. This storm came through downtown Birmingham, downtown Tuscaloosa.
MONTAGNE: And the storm even struck the offices of emergency responders.
MONTAGNE: In Tuscaloosa County, the EMA office was severely damaged. All of the police cars overturned. You see people just walking up and down the street, just kind of - almost at a loss of what to do next because there is so much damage in these areas.
INSKEEP: And the damage explains why Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is urging patience.
MONTAGNE: We're going to reach out to everyone that's hurting and it's going to take days or weeks. It's not going to be a quick response, but we're going to do it as quickly as we possibly can.
MONTAGNE: The governor spoke on the ABC affiliate WBMA in Birmingham.
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