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Tornadoes hit Tompkins and Chemung Counties, Southern U.S. devastated
Drew Endick
| April 30, 2011
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Tompkins County got its own taste of extreme weather. A five mile trail of destruction and debris between Danby and Ithaca was found after Thursday's storms Officials could say that the damage was likely caused by a tornado. Another tornado was confirmed in Chemung County. The damage this week’s weather has caused is not comparable to the chaos several tornadoes have created in the south. Nearly 350 deaths have been reported after the catastrophes in Tennesee, Mississippi, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama. Officials stated that tornadoes have not caused destruction similar to this in nearly 90 years. Rescue and search efforts have been slowed by the mass amounts of debris. Alabama was hit the hardest; the death toll there is upwards of 200. The city of Tuscaloosa, home of the state’s flagship University, was devastated. Only two of the several thousand students are confirmed dead but most of the surrounding area is in ruins. Several students have been reported missing, along with several hundred Tuscaloosa residents. One University of Alabama student told WVBR that the town is unrecognizable and resembles a war-zone. Popular off campus locations are now piles of rubble. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa yesterday and stated that the federal government will help rebuild Tuscaloosa and the rest of the affected area.
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