(CSM) Tornado-stricken South begins damage tally, rebuilding

The number of injured in Alabama was 2,219, state emergency management officials reported, and 56,000 homes and businesses in the state remained without electrical power Sunday morning. Some 2,000 Alabama National Guard personnel are patrolling neighborhoods, helping residents and preventing looting.

There were 659 people in shelters across Alabama, Yasamie August of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency told Reuters.

Meanwhile, those states most impacted are reporting thousands of homes and other buildings destroyed or damaged: 5,700 in the Tuscaloosa area alone, 2,600 in Mississippi, and 500 in Virginia. In all, some 10,000 buildings may have been destroyed, according to initial estimates.

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