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Alabama twisters claim hundreds of lives

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A massive tornado sweeps through the southern state of Alabama in the US.
 
The twister claimed close to 300 lives and hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed, though the full-scale of the destruction has yet to be assessed 
 
President Obama has granted a request for emergency federal assistance, which will include search and rescue teams.
 
Authorities warn that the number of dead or injured is expected to rise.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people across the region are without power.
 
Hospitals in the areas hardest hit are operating in full disaster mode.
 
In Pickens County, Georgia 80,000 chickens now roam free after their coups blown away. 
 
The storms appear part of a series that have struck a number of southern states over the past few days.

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