At least 350 people have died from the week’s tornadoes and severe weather according to US authorities.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that Wednesday was the 2nd deadliest day of tornadoes in US. The deadliest occurred in 1925 which killed 747 people in central US.
— The deadliest single day for tornadoes was on March 18, 1925, with 747 fatalities across seven states.
— As of early Saturday morning, the April 27-28, 2011, outbreak has seen 342 fatalities across six states.
— The third deadliest tornado outbreak was on March 21, 1932, when 332 people died.
— The agency estimates that on April 27-28,2011, there were 211 tornadoes.
— The largest previous number of tornadoes on record in one event took place from April 3-4, 1974, with 148 tornadoes.
US president Barack Obama visited the affected areas in Alabama on Friday. The president said he had “never seen devastation like this. It is heartbreaking.”