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At least 54 dead in destructive onslaught of tornadoes in the South

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LAFAYETTE, Tenn. -- At least 54 people are dead after dozens of tornadoes pulled houses from foundations, pummeled mobile homes and collapsed warehouses. It is the nation's deadliest barrage of twisters in at least a decade.

Hundreds of houses were damaged or destroyed. Rescue crews have moved door-to-door to find victims of Tuesday night's twisters. They were unleashed by a storm that swept through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Teams from FEMA have been sent to the region and activated an emergency center in Georgia.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen surveyed the damage from a helicopter and said, "It looks like the Lord took a Brillo pad and scrubbed the ground."

In Castalian Springs, a baby was discovered unscathed in a field across from a demolished post office. Emergency officials said the baby was covered in debris but was otherwise OK.

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