214+ dead in six states of US
162 dead in Alabama state only
54,000 severe weather in a month
137 tornadoes reported
A massive thunderstorm front spawned 137 tornadoes. This particular tornado system is likely to be the deadliest in the US since the April 3-4, 1974, tornado outbreak that killed 318 people from Alabama to Canada. Alabama took the heaviest losses in that event as well, with 77 casualties. The system became the latest in a series of unusually powerful storm systems that has marched across the US in the past month, leaving April 2011 as one of the most violent weather months in decades.
Alabama a disaster zone
The United States President Obama declared Alabama a federal disaster area on Wednesday.