Storms Batter Alabama, U.S. South

At least 42 people are believed to have died when severe storms and tornadoes hit Alabama, along with other areas in the U.S. south, on Wednesday night.

Alabama officials said the state accounted for at least 25 of the reported casualties from the storms, which left a horrific picture of destroyed buildings and homes in their wake. Alabama appeared to be the hardest hit among the affected areas. The city of Tuscaloosa, for instance, was left in tatters when a strong tornado landed in the area, leaving hundreds of homes destroyed, CNN said in a report.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley described Wednesday’s devastation as “a very serious and deadly event” and warned residents that the disaster is “not over yet.” Bentley has asked President Barack Obama to send emergency workers, among others. The request was immediately approved by the president, who extended his condolences to the victims of the natural calamity. “Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives because of the tornadoes that have swept through Alabama and the southeastern United States,” Obama said.