Death toll rises as deadly storms wreck towns

Powerful storms killed at least two dozen people and caused destruction in several states today, while tornado warnings remained in effect.

Henryville High School is seen damaged after a tornado swept through Henryville, Ind., on Friday March 2, 2012. Authorities say at least eight people have been killed by tornadoes that ripped through a wide swath of southern Indiana. (AP Photo/Philip Scott Andrews)


A tornado that swept through Henryville, Ind., today destroyed this high school.

Local emergency workers try to help residents after three tornados moved through the area, killing four, in the small community of Chelsea, Indiana March 2, 2012. A series of tornadoes tore through the U.S. midsection on Friday, killing at least four people in the hard-hit state of Indiana, and blowing apart homes and flattening buildings across the region. REUTERS/ John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)


More than a dozen people were killed as powerful storms hit several states.

Kelly Troglin looks over his friend's house after a tornado destroyed the building in New Market, AL March 2, 2012. A swarm of tornadoes slammed the U.S. midsection on Friday from Indiana to Alabama, splintering homes, damaging a prison, overturning trucks and causing some injuries in the storm-tossed region. Seven people were hurt by a suspected twister in northern Alabama and multiple tornadoes hit along the Ohio River valley and caused extensive damage in at least one county in Indiana. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)


A man surveyed a destroyed home in New Market, Ala.

A truck stands amongst storm damage near New Pekin, Ind., on March 2, 2012. Powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country on Friday, in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.(AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Matt Stone) MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT


A truck stood amongst the debris in New Pekin, Ind.

Debris litters the front of the Henryville Middle School which received extensive damage from storms that rolled through the area Friday, March 2, 2012, in Henryville, Ind. Tornadoes ripped across several small southern Indiana towns on Friday, killing at least three people and leaving behind miles of flattened devastation along the border with Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)


It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

A home in Athens, Ala., was heavily damaged today.

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A home in Athens, Ala., was heavily damaged today.

Utility poles and power lines sat mangled in Athens, Ala., today.

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Mangled utility poles and power lines in Athens, Ala., today.

Greg Cook hugged his dog, Coco, after finding her inside his destroyed home in East Limestone, Ala., today.

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Greg Cook hugged his dog, Coco, after finding her inside his destroyed home in East Limestone, Ala., today.

A 18-wheeler was flipped on its side this morning in Harvest, Ala.

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A 18-wheeler was flipped on its side this morning in Harvest, Ala.

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