Severe Storms Kill Dozens Across 13 States Over 3 Days

BY Lauren Knapp  April 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT

At least 44 people died when a severe storm system with 50 confirmed tornadoes rolled through the Southeast over three days. The storms started on Thursday in Oklahoma before moving through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia on Friday and hitting South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia on Saturday.

As many as 241 tornadoes were reported, but the actual number may be fewer, as some were reported by multiple witnesses.

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Hari Sreenivasan spoke with WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge about the damage and clean-up efforts on Monday:

North Carolina suffered the most storm damage with 22 people dead, 130 homes destroyed and another 700 damaged. Governors from North Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency as clean-up efforts began.

The tornadoes and high winds also crippled eastern North Carolina’s power infrastructure. An estimated 78,000 residents were still without power on Monday.

The New York Times mapped out where the tornadoes were sighted across the region.

Listen to a report on the tornadoes’ wreckage in North Carolina from WUNC’s Leoneda Inge on NPR’s Morning Edition:

Mark Tempest, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, talks about disaster assessment in Raleigh, N.C.: