A major outbreak of tornadoes across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi left 54 persons dead and more than 150 injured on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Thousands were left without power and over 50 tornadoes swept through the region.
The Associated Press reported that the death toll was the highest in an outbreak of tornadoes since 76 people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985. Forecasters indicate this was one of the worst February outbreaks on record. President Bush planned a visit Friday to Tennessee, the hardest hit of five states where residents were trying to salvage what they could from homes reduced to piles of debris.