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Severe Storms Hit the South

Thunderstorms that produced tornadoes rolled across the South Tuesday night and Wednesday morning killing about 50 people and injuring at least 100 more. According to the New York Times article, authorities were still searching Wednesday for people trapped in the ruins. The storms continued to push east and prompted tornado warnings in areas of Georgia, Alabama and northern Florida. "Even if no tornadoes develop there, the storms are expected to bring pelting rains and gusting winds, forecasters said."
President Bush has pledged for assistance from the federal overnment. "Prayers can help and so can the government,? he said in a statement Wednesday.
The Washington Post said that Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee paused their victory speeces to remember the victims.
In the aftermath of the storm, survivors combed through the rubble in search of any remains. Kim Vererka, a survivor of a twister in Arkansas, made the decision to leave her six dogs and one cat when she ran for cover. The next day, all seven pets were recovered with minor harm.
It will take several weeks for communities to function again as cleanup begins. Classes at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. were canceled for two weeks because the storm severely damaged campus. "It looks like a war zone," said David Dockery, the university's president, to CNN. "There were 3,300 students in class yesterday and 1,200 on campus last night." Luckily, the university area had no deaths reported.