Alabama death toll climbs to 232
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that the death toll from Wednesday's storms had reached 232.<br /><br />EMA says Tuscaloosa County leads the state in fatalities from the storms and tornadoes with 36. DeKalb County is second at 32, followed by Franklin with 27, Marion with 21, Jefferson with 19, Walker and Lawrence with 14 and St. Clair with 13.<br /><br />Other counties reporting fatalities are Calhoun with nine, Jackson with eight, Madison at seven, Elmore with six, Marshall at five, Fayette and Hale with four each, Limestone and Tallapoosa with three each, Cullman with two and Bibb with one.<br /><br />There were 34 deaths in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia, two in Louisiana and one in Kentucky.<br /><br />The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded to all affected areas and has officials on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, Director Craig Fugate said. FEMA began coordinating relief efforts in Alabama after Obama signed a federal disaster declaration earlier this week, but state and local authorities remain in charge of response and recovery efforts, Fugate said.<br /><br />
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