A wave of tornadoes and storms hit Pratt City, Alabama and US President Barack Obama shows the Hawaiian birth certificate

Death toll nears 80 as storms rip through US

Map of US locating areas under state

Map of the US locating areas under a state of emergency. Deadly tornados and flash floods flattened buildings and overturned vehicles overnight Thursdayas a major storm tore through the United States, its death toll rising to nearly 80 people

(AFP graphic/Al/Gal)

— Violent Storms Kill at Least 85 in the South  – .foxnews

Death toll nears 80 as storms rip through US

Boat carries passengers along Ohio River

A boat carries passengers along the Ohio River in Metropolis, Illinois. Deadly tornados and flash floods flattened buildings and overturned vehicles overnightThursday as a major storm tore through the United States, its death toll rising to nearly 80 people

(AFP/  

-28 28 April 2011

Alabama storms

A wave of tornadoes and storms hit the American South on Wednesday, splintering buildings across Aalbama and killing 72 people in four states.

At least 58 people died in Alabama alone, including 15 or more when a massive tornado devastated Tuscaloosa. The mayor said sections of the city, home to the University of Alabama, have been destroyed and its infrastructure devastated.

Eleven deaths were reported in Mississippi, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee

Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town. (AP )

People walk through downtown after a tornado hits downtown Culman, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of thunderstorms with winds blowing near hurricane force strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people from Arkansas to Alabama.

People walk through downtown after a tornado hits downtown Culman, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of thunderstorms with winds blowing near hurricane force strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people from Arkansas to AlabamaBeth Freyaldenhoven, left, and Kristen Talley, right, look over the property belonging to David and Katherine Talley, their aunt and uncle, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 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.

Carla Arendal, right, looks for items to save on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, after her home was destroyed by a tornado in Vilonia, Ark. Arendal and her husband were in the home during the storm but were uninjured. Helping to recover items is Arendal's minister, Pastor Tommy Walls, left.

A truck passes a demolished home on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Vilonia, Ark. The town of Vilonia was heavily damaged when a tornado hit during the night.

Storms rake South; 72 dead, emergency declared

Pvt. Daniel Fulks of Paducah, Ky. uses a rake to spread sand atop the sand barrier that was designed to keep the Ohio River from flooding Smithland, Ky. Tuesday, April 26, 2011. 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.Jeremy Brush, 4, of Symsonia, Ky. places sand into a bag to prevent flooding from the Ohio River in Smithland, Ky. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. 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.Four houses are surrounded by floodwaters from the Current River just outside Doniphan, Mo., Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The area received several inches of rain in previous days.Water from the Black River flows through a breach in a levee just east of County Road 607, background, near Poplar Bluff, Mo., Tuesday, April 26, 2011.First grader Meredith Denton, 7 years-old, rides with her father Chad Denton, in his tractor, through flood water on Kentucky Road 268 after he met her school bus at the intersection of Highway 268 and McDonald Landing Road, in Henderson County, Ky., for the final leg of her trip home from school, Tuesday, April 26, 2011.Members of the Indiana Army National Guard place sandbags along the Wabash River in New Harmony, Ind., Tuesday, April 26, 2011.Public Works Department employee Frank Austin uses a chainsaw to remove tree limbs and branches from a home in east McComb, Miss., Tuesday, April 26, 2011 where a tree fell killing a 3-year old girl and trapping two adults.In a view looking north, the Butternut Street overpass to Interstate 81 is covered in floodwater just north of the Clinton Street exit in Syracuse, N.Y. Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Nearly an inch of rain fell in less than a half hour in late afternoon Tuesday, forcing police to close the highway with 2-3 feet of standing water making the pavement impassable.In a view looking north, the Butternut Street overpass to Interstate 81 is covered in floodwater just north of the Clinton Street exit in Syracuse, N.Y. Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Nearly an inch of rain fell in less than a half hour in late afternoon Tuesday, forcing police to close the highway with 2-3 feet of standing water making the pavement impassable.

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Obama slams birthplace claims as silliness

Obama slams birthplace claims as silliness

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chat with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Obama released his detailed birth certificate and warnedthat politics was not a reality show as he slammed lingering claims he was not born in the United States.

(AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Obama Releases Birth Form, Decries ‘Silliness

Documents provided in Washington, DC

Obama slams birthplace claims as silliness

Documents provided in Washington, DC

These documents provided by the White House in Washington, DC, shows the Hawaiian birth certificate (L), given in response to media inquiries in 2008, and the official long form of the birth certificate of US President Barack Obama.

(AFP/White House)

Barack Obama's long form birth certificate

Obama releases ‘long form’ birth certificate

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