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Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak

About 1,700 people were injured in Alabama, the worst-hit US state in last week's storms

Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Tuscaloosa firefighters search through the rubble after a cadaver dog indicated the presence of a body on May 2, 2011 in Holt, Alabama. (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Alabama, the hardest-hit of six states, is reported to have been battered with at least an EF-4 rated tornado with the death toll across the South rising to over 300 as a result of the storms. (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Utility workers replace a destroyed utility pole on May 2, 2011 in Holt, Alabama. Federal officials vowed urgent support on Sunday for a region devastated by the deadliest U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, even as they acknowledged recovery would not be quick or easy (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Volunteers secure a blue tarp (Center-R) to a damaged house on May 2, 2011 in Holt, Alabama. (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
A child and his mother walk through the sleeping area of a Red Cross Shelter on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama was the worst-hit state in last week's storms, with 250 people killed. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Tracy Sargent, with K9 Search and Rescue Specialists Inc, searches for a body with her dog Chance on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. About 1,700 people were injured in Alabama alone and others were missing after tornadoes crushed homes, flipped cars upside down and tore children from their parents' arms (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Tracy Sargent (C), with K9 Search and Rescue Specialists Inc., searches for a body with her dog Cinco and Tuscaloosa firefighter LT Brian Phillips on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
Volunteers provide free haircuts at a Red Cross Shelter on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Red Cross Shelter is housing more than 260 area residents after massive storms rolled through the area (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
People rest in the sleeping area of a Red Cross Shelter on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa (Getty Images)
Alabama still reeling from disastrous tornado outbreak
K9 Search and Rescue Specialists Inc. cadaver dog, Chance, searches for a body on May 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Getty Images)