Storms have ripped through the US state of Alabama, killing at least 128 people and bringing the death toll to at least 162 in the southern United States.
President Obama has declared a state of emergency and agreed an aid package including search and rescue assistance.
The severe weather has brought down power lines, ripped into buildings and triggered floods. A tornado that struck Alabama claimed the lives of at least 15 people in one town, while over a hundred were injured. Weather experts believe it is the worst to have hit the area.
Arkansas and Tennessee have also suffered and the states’ governors have both declared a state of emergency.
Authorities expect the number of deaths to rise as emergency workers continue their search and rescue among the damage.