Image: George Thomas walks through the Rosedale Community
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George Thomas, 71, walks through the debris of the Rosedale Community where his brother-in-law lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Thursday, May 5. Authorities are continuing the search for victims over a week after killer tornadoes swept across the state.
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updated 5/5/2011 7:22:25 PM ET 2011-05-05T23:22:25

Where is Johnnie Brown's sister? Or the friend Billie Sue Hall talked to every day? A week after tornadoes ripped neighborhoods to shreds across the South, there still are no answers.

It's unclear how many people are missing across the seven states where 329 deaths have been reported. There are 25 unaccounted for in Tuscaloosa alone, the mayor says, but that number could be off because of the chaos the storm left behind.

Cadaver dog teams across the region are scouring the debris to uncover whatever tragedies may remain, and even bad news would be comforting to anguished families.

Tracy Sargent's dog team took just minutes to do what humans searching for hours could not: Locate the body of a University of Alabama student in a maze of twisted trees and debris. The young man's father was there when the body was found in Tuscaloosa this week.

"(The father) went over there and bent over and touched his son and started talking to him," Sargent said. "And he hugged him, started crying, and told him that he loved him and that he would miss him."

Brown doesn't know if that sort of moment awaits him. A picture of his sister, Latoya, smiling in an elegant orange dress, is posted on a wall of the Tuscaloosa shelter where he is staying. "Missing," the paper says.

"When I think about it, man, I just want to be by myself. I don't want nobody talking to me, nothing," the 20-year-old said, his voice barely audible.

Brown said his 21-year-old sister had been visiting friends at Rosedale Apartments the day the tornado hit. Police are looking for her, and rescue crews who searched the complex Wednesday did not find her, but he said his family is starting to fear the worst.

He still tries calling Latoya's cell phone, but gets agitated every time as it goes straight to voice mail.

Efforts to pin down the number of missing have been complicated by factors including multiple reports of the same missing person, or survivors who found shelter without contacting friends who reached out to police. Sometimes the police have only a first name.

"Obviously, there's not a whole lot you can do with that information," Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson said Thursday.

Alabama officials are declining to say how many people could be missing statewide, and are now even keeping mum about the state's official death toll as it re-examines the tally. They reduced the figure from 250 to 236 on Monday after accounting for a gruesome fact of the storm: Some victims had been counted more than once because parts of their bodies were found in more than one place.

The work of finding answers for families of the missing falls largely on the search and rescue teams combing the ruins of entire communities that were ripped from their foundations and thrown across hollows and hills on April 27.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service upgraded one of the tornadoes that hit Mississippi to the most powerful category: an EF-5, with winds topping 200 mph. Another Mississippi tornado in last week's outbreak had already been classified as a EF-5. This is the first time on record that two EF-5 twisters hit Mississippi on the same day, and the first time it's happened to any U.S. state since a pair hit Kansas in 1990.

In Tuscaloosa, officials say at least 41 people were killed when an EF-4 tornado with winds up to 190 mph mowed down some of the city's most densely populated neighborhoods.

The twister was so powerful that searchers have had trouble even knowing where to look. The body of the college student found this week, for instance, was about 300 yards from his home, which the tornado reduced to a concrete slab.

Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Alan Martin said that despite multiple sweeps, not a single neighborhood or community hammered by the storm had been searched thoroughly enough to eliminate it from the grids used by teams to plot their work.

"We have not totally cleared any area," he said.

On Thursday, about two dozen rescue workers poked through the rubble of a Tuscaloosa apartment building, using heavy machinery to clear debris, and search dogs to detect remains. Nearby sat an overturned SUV, a dented air-conditioning unit and pieces of walls. Search dogs indicated the presence of human remains in the pile, and a woman who was among the missing was believed to have lived in the apartment.

In Tuscaloosa alone, officials say, more than two dozen dog teams are searching a debris field that stretches for miles, and still more could arrive. Among them are Sargent and a yellow mutt named Chance. The dog sniffs through splintered limbs of toppled trees and shredded scraps of drywall, sitting down when he catches the scent of human remains.

Sometimes the dogs check an area because residents or workers report a foul smell; other times they zero in on a debris pile near where someone was last seen. They also sweep through entire sections of town quickly to eliminate the possibility that a body is nearby, said Sargent, who works for Georgia's homeland security agency and is participating in the Alabama search as a volunteer during her vacation.

Some of those waiting for word on missing friends and relatives may end up getting good news. Billie Sue Hall, now in a shelter, hopes her friend and neighbor Betty Cunningham is simply staying with a relative or safe in another shelter. Their ravaged working-class Tuscaloosa neighborhood is among the areas Sargent has searched with her dogs.

Hall said she and Cunningham talked daily, including the day the tornado hit, but she hasn't been able to reach her since.

"If you get out of the storm," Hall said Cunningham told her, "I'll call you back."

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Alan Blinder contributed to this report.

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    >>> and remember, it was a week ago tonight that the massive storm system brought record tornado outbreaks to the south? good evening.

    >> reporter: brian, the death toll across seven states now stands at 328. 236 in alabama alone. search and recovery teams are just getting into the remote, hard-hit areas today. they're digging through huge debris piles looking for the missing. the governor here estimates that damages could get as high as $5 billion. more than 800 people are living in shelters and thousands more are living with family or friends. despite all that, they're trying to get back to normal. most schools have reopened, and we visited one today. a lot of the kids say they're happy to be back and happier to see their friends are safe and alive.

    >> in tuscaloosa, thanks for that

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  1. The remains of this home in Pleasant Grove, Ala., provide a sign on May 5 that the owners survived the twisters. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A group of Auburn students assist in the clean up of debris on May 5 in Pleasant Grove. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. This is one of hundreds of pets waiting to find their owners at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa, Ala., May 5. A constant flow of people searching for their lost animals following last week's tornado visit the shelter each day. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Nenia Cagle consoles Annie Muse, who cries after finding the purse of her daughter in the rubble on May 4 in Argo, Ala. Muse's sister died in the twister there, while her daughter and a grandson were hospitalized. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Tracy Sargent, of K9 Search and Rescue Specialists Inc., works with her cadaver dog 'Chance' during a search for survivors in Tuscaloosa May 4. Authorities have said they expect the search will continue for at least another week. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Terry Armstrong, left, and Ricky King, of Douglas Cooling and Heating, salvage air conditioning units out of apartments in Pratt City, Ala., on May 4. Damage from Alabama's deadly tornadoes could approach the state's record of $2 billion from Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Alabama's insurance commissioner said. (Michelle Campbell / The Birmingham News via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. LaRocca Nursing Home Director Lyman Hardy walks through one of the blown out rooms that housed elderly patients in Tuscaloosa, Ala., May 4. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Lineman Derrick Heisz of Broadhead, Wis., checks power poles in Pratt City, Ala., Tuesday, May 3. Utility companies are scrambling to restore services to the hard hit area before more heavy rains arrive. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Residents of Camden Court near McCulley Mill Road in Limestone County, east of Athens, Ala., leave humorous messages painted on the remains of their homes, May 3. (Gary Cosby Jr. / The Decatur Daily via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. In this aerial view taken Monday, May 2, from the window of a NOAA flight, the path of a Wednesday's tornado can be seen as it made its way through a small town near Birmingham, Ala. (Bob Farley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. John VanTiem, a chaplain with Hope Force, prays with Josephine Neal, whose brother's house was destroyed by the tornado in the Carter's Gin community, May 2, in Huntsville, Ala. (Eric Schultz / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Residents who are staying at the Belk Center, after a tornado left them homeless, get a haircut on May 2, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Volunteers Glenda Mixon, of Hueytown, Ala., and Esther Flesh, of North Shelby County, Ala., sort donated canned goods for tornado victims at the Church of the Highlands tornado relief center, May 2, 2011, in Hueytown. The center is serving as donation hub for Pleasant Grove and Concord tornado victims. (Tamika Moore / The Birmingham News via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sgt. Llanos of the U.S. Army helps fold the flag from the coffin of Donnie L. Gentry during a funeral at Pinkard Funeral Home in Russellville, Ala. Monday May, 2011. Gentry and his wife, Patricia, a second grade teacher at Phil Campbell School, were both killed in their home during the Wednesday, April 27th severe weather outbreak. (AP Photo/TimesDaily, Jim Hannon) (Jim Hannon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Volunteer Tyrone Duncan secures a blue tarp to a damaged house on May 2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama, the hardest-hit of six states, is reported to have been battered with at least an EF-4 rated tornado with the death toll across the South rising to over 300 as a result of the storms. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. People rest in the sleeping area of a Red Cross Shelter on Monday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Red Cross Shelter is housing more than 260 area residents. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Utility workers replace a destroyed utility pole on May 2 in Holt, Ala. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Chance, a cadaver dog, searches for a body on May 2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Kevin Mann, a gas company worker, tries to locate a gas line in the Smithfield community of Birmingham, Ala., on Monday May 2. Crews have been out across the state closing gas lines so that others can come in and remove storm debris. (Bob Farley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Birmingham Mayor William Bell, 2nd from left, walks through the streets of the Pratt City suburb with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Sunday. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Students prepare to head home after the University of Alabama canceled classes for the rest of the semester. While the campus in Tuscaloosa avoided a direct hit, the storm put a painful damper on the school year. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A flag flies amid debris in the devastated town of Hueytown, Ala., on Sunday. Grieving storm survivors turned to prayer and the good grace of volunteers across the South as shattered communities looked to rebuild after the second-worst tornado disaster on record. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Teressa Lambert, second from left, comforts her daughter Rachael Gaudio during a Sunday service at the site of the Church of God in Phil Campbell, Ala. (Lee Celano / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Worshippers sign a makeshift crucifix folowing a Sunday service at the site of the Church of God in Phil Campbell. (Lee Celano / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. A volunteer salvages sports equipment from Alberta Elementary School in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., May 1. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Ruth Cole becomes emotional while digging through her destroyed business on May 1, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Cole had no insurance on her business or her home, which was also destroyed in the storm. Alabama, the hardest-hit of six states, is reported to have been battered with at least an EF-4 rated tornado with the death toll across the South rising to over 300 as a result of the storms. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. In an April 30 photo, relatives of Kathy Gray Haney gather near the grave after her burial in Pisgah, Ala., with tornado-damaged trees in the background. The neighborhood where the Gray family lived was hit by two tornadoes within a 10-hour period, killing Gray Haney and two other relatives. (Chris Hawley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Family and friends help roll a car upright at Ron Nichols' home, Saturday, April 30, in Hackleburg, Ala., following the massive tornado that leveled portions of the town Wednesday. (Matt Mckean / Times Daily via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Nine-year-old Eric Chaney collects toys, April 30, for a family friend who survived but was left orphaned, after his home was destroyed by a tornado, in Phil Campbell, Ala. (Tami Chappell / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Workers work on the roof of a damaged historic building with a mural in Cullman, Ala., April 30. (Tami Chappell / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Ernst Storey, right, and volunteer Kim Whitten, left, pray after Storey registered for disaster assistance for his mother at a an elementary school in the tornado ravaged neighborhood of Pratt City in Birmingham, Ala., on April 30. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Tracy Hannah paints a warning on the door of her destroyed home on April 30, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. A man, seen through a broken window, walks his dog through the tornado ravaged Fan Road neighborhood of Pleasant Grove, Ala., on April 30. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Daniel Mulder hugs his wife Rachael near their destroyed home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 30. Mulder and his wife survived the Wednesday tornado hiding in a tub before coming to the assistance of their neighbors. (Dave Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Workers repair electrical cables April 30, in Tuscalosa, Ala. Residents are reeling from the worst US tornadoes in nearly 80 years. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Michael Glasgow, 37, shows the injuries he sustained from the tornado on Wednesday that took the lives of his three-month-old son Chase Zion Glasgow and his 42-year-old sister Tammi Glasgow at what is left of his home Saturday, April 29, in Cleveland, Tenn. (Wade Payne / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. People move a wall in an effort to see if anyone had been buried by rubble in the Alberta neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday, April 29. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Tracy Hannah reacts after returning to her house for the first time since a tornado swept through the Alberta community near Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Friday. (Marvin Gentry / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. This home in Athens, Ala., was among the hundreds destroyed. (Gary Cosby Jr. / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Michael Hodges looks for salvageable items in the rubble of a law office in the Albert neighborhood of Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. President Barack Obama tours a destroyed neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday. "I've never seen devastation like this," he said. (Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Alyssa Mosley, 14, checks the piano at the Alberta Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Modell Harkins salvages belongings in Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Lee Celano / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. A police officer looks in the back of a destroyed car in Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Jacqueline Wilson looks through what is left of her mother's home in Tuscaloosa on Friday. (Dan Anderson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Brothers Darrell and Shane Gilland work on their parents' home in Bethel, Va., on Friday. Their parents survived a twister that hit early Thursday. (Jeff Gentner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Eleanor Stubbs is rescued on Thursday after her home was ravaged by a tornado in Concord, Ala. (Wynter Byrd / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Desiree Jemison cries after seeing the belongings of her hospitalized relatives in Pleasant Grove, Ala., on Thursday. (Christine Prichard / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. A man finds a photo album a block away from his home in Concord, Ala.,Thursday, where a tornado ripped through the area. (Wynter Byrd / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Jennifer Rupley on Thursday shows the injuries she received in a vehicle in Phil Campbell, Ala. as a tornado completely demolished her home. (Jim Hannon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Tractor trailers at Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co in Glade Spring, Va. were damaged during a tornado. An official estimate of the damage which spread from southwestern to northeastern Virginia,was not available Thursday, but Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency. (Eric Brady / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Damaged trees are seen through a window blown out by tornados in Pleasant Grove, Ala. on Thursday. (Christine Prichard / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Deacon Billy Walker, of Elizabeth Baptist Church, Tamarlon Madison and Kelly Bonner of Friendship Baptist Church, cook food and hand out bottled water for those affected by Wednesday's tornado on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Michelle Lepianka Carter / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Residents in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., walk out with their belongings on Thursday, April 28, after a tornado tore through Wednesday evening. (David Bundy / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. This area of Tuscaloosa, known as the Rosedale Court housing community, was flattened. (Dusty Compton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. James Patterson tries to salvage items from his kitchen Thursday in Phil Campbell, Ala. His home was lifted and moved about 15 feet. No one was injured. (Bob Farley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. People search for belongings Thursday in Tuscaloosa. (Amanda Sowards / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Glenda Dillshaw removes debris from a bed that still has sheets on it in Pleasant Grove, a hard-hit suburb just west of Birmingham, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Lisa Kirby and Belinda Jones help an injured Golden Retriever whose owner was killed in Pleasant Grove. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Children play as their parents, Kathy and Nickie Hughes, shift through what is left of their home in Phil Campbell, Ala. (Bob Farley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Residents begin cleaning up on Thursday after a twister decimated Pratt City, Ala. (Christine Prichard / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. The shell of a home is all that remains after being hit by the tornado in Pratt City. (Str / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Residents survey storm damage in Pratt City, Ala., on April 28. Severe weather and more than 100 tornadoes destroyed towns and killed hundreds. (Christine Prichard / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Residents survey the remains of homes amid splintered trees and scattered belongings in Pratt City, Ala., on April 28. (Marvin Gentry / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  65. Tiffany Wood carries clothes from her home on April 28, after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday afternoon. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  66. A police officer walks through a destroyed neighborhood after a tornado swept through Ringgold, Ga., on April 28. (Erik S Lesser / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  67. John Boxmeyer climbs through the rubble of a home where he was helping friends recover belongings on April 28, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The storm demolished a neighborhood near the University of Alabama campus. (Jay Reeves / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  68. Residents search through what is left of their homes on April 28, after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove just west of downtown Birmingham a day earlier. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  69. A deadly tornado has flattened Pleasant Grove, Ala., a subdivision of Mountain Grove, on April 28. (Greg Bluestein / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  70. A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27. A wave of storms hit the South on Wednesday, splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town. (Dusty Compton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  71. Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala., on April 27. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  72. Homes and businesses along McFarland Blvd. are completely destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27. (Dusty Compton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  73. Trees are sheared off as debris scatters Alabama 13 after a tornado struck on April 27 in Phil Campbell, Ala. (Daniel Giles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  74. Residents attempt to retrieve their belongings after a tornado destroyed their apartments on April 27 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Caroline Summers / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  75. Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala., on April 27. The widespread destruction caused Gov. Robert Bentley to declare a state of emergency by midday, saying tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hail, and straight-line winds caused damage to "numerous homes and businesses" in Alabama. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  76. A tornado leaves a path of devastation after as it hits Pratt City just north of downtown Birmingham on April 27 in Birmingham, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  77. A funnel cloud is seen from Taylorsville, Ala., as it approaches Tuscaloosa, where reported widespread damage occurred during the storm on April 27. (Don Kausler, Jr. / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  78. People walk through downtown Cullman, Ala., after a tornado hit on April 27. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  79. Sandra Smith, left, is hugged by a neighbor in Moody, Ala., on April 27 after a tree fell into her mobile home bedroom and missed crushing her by just a few inches. Smith was asleep when the tree fell and was not injured. (Bernard Troncale / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  80. Buildings lie in ruins after a tornado hit downtown Culman, Ala., on April 27. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  81. Kenny Chastain carries feed for horses from what is left of a barn near Arab, Ala., after a storm early April 27. (Robin Conn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  82. Ken Sanders, son-in-law of Jay and Carla Arendal, takes a rest while helping to look for items to keep after a tornado destroyed the Arendal's home April 26, in Vilonia, Ark. The couple was in the home and both survived. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  83. Michael Lyons, of Bowling Green, Ky., a construction worker with Insight, examines a car April 26, that was crushed by a tree on College St. as a result of storms. (Alex Slitz / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  84. A Ben Wheeler firefighter, left, covers the survivor of a twister that completely destroyed her mobile home east of Ben Wheeler, Texas on April 26. She was shaken and had some minor bruises but otherwise escaped without serious injuries. A line of dangerous storms hit East Texas spawning a number of tornados in the area. (Jaime R. Carrero / The Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  85. Beth Freyaldenhoven and Kristen Talley, look over the property belonging to David and Katherine Talley, their aunt and uncle, on April 26 after a tornado hit Vilonia, Ark. Both David and Katherine Talley had taken shelter in a metal utility building on their property, but they died when the building was blown across a pond. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  86. Paducah Power System workers assess damage to power lines in Murray, Ky., on April 26. Storms have unleashed more than a foot of rain across the region, and the forecast offered little hope for relief. Another larger storm system was brewing along the same path, bringing several more days of rain and the possibility of tornadoes. (John Wright / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  87. Richard Bass walks through his damaged home in Vilonia, Ark., on Tuesday. Four people were killed and the town was heavily damaged by a tornado on Monday night. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  88. Jamie Long-Sioux works near her home on Tuesday, April 26, in Garland County near Hot Springs, Ark. The trailer home was heavily damaged when a tornado hit the area Monday. Long-Sioux said she and four children took refuge in a nearby church before the storm hit. (Richard Rasmussen / The Sentinel-Record via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  89. People walk on a road in Vilonia, Ark., on April 26, after a tornado hit the area late Monday. The storm system killed at least seven people, including three who drowned in floods in northwest Arkansas. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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