COPY-47 dead as twisters tear across the South

Associated Press - February 6, 2008 10:13 AM ET

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) - The destruction from a storm that spawned swarms of tornadoes is becoming more apparent this morning as officials in Alabama report three more people were killed. That brings the death toll across the South to 47. Hundreds more are injured.

Crews are doing door-to-door searches to see if there are any more victims.

The twisters tore the roof from a shopping mall, battered mobile homes and laid waste to warehouses in their five-state rampage.

The coroner in Arkansas says two adults and their 11-year-old child were killed when their home "took a direct hit" from the storm. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe plans to tour the town where they lived.

In Memphis, Tennessee, high winds collapsed the roof of a Sears store at a mall. In Mississippi, the Desoto County Sheriff's Department says a twister shredded warehouses in an industrial park.

Emergency officials say the victims include 24 people in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas and seven in Kentucky, in addition to the three in Alabama.

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