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Deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly 40 years kills hundreds

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Residents search through what is left of their homes Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon.

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John Franklin, Jr, and his wife Kathy, help recover belongings from their son's home, in Bartow County, Ga. on Thursday. Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 215 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years.

Marvin Gentry / Reuters

The aftermath of overnight tornadoes that left ruined neighborhoods include a house that was taken off its foundation in Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday. Devastating storms and tornadoes raked though the U.S. South, killing at least 185 people as they ripped houses to rubble, flipped cars and uprooted trees and power lines, officials said on Thursday.

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More than 200 people were killed in five states after a powerful storm system spawned dozens of tornadoes across the South. NBC's Thoung Troung reports.