Photo Essay

  • The sun rises behind debris in Mayflower, Ark., on April 30, 2014, after a tornado hit the area last Sunday.
  • Shane Cauthen and wife Alexis of The Valley Church hug after they were cleaning up what was their chapel in Vilonia, Ark. on April 29, 2014.
  • James Horton helps salvage what he can from his sisters apartment that was damaged after a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Miss.
  • Resident Mark Wade looks through debris in Mayflower, Ark. on April 29, 2014. after a tornado hit the area last Sunday.
  • Vehicles sit tossed a top others after a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Miss.
  • Scott Black, Holly Boatner and Paul Flatt salvage what they can from the building where they work after it was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Miss.
  • Sam Smith takes a break from helping a family friend salvage what he can from his business that was destroyed after a tornado hit on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • Jeff Rogers talks on the phone while surveying damage around his home on Joyner Street in Tupelo, Miss., on April 29, 2014.
  • The sun sets over debris after a tornado hit Vilonia, Arkansas on April 28, 2014. On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 19 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through Tupelo, Mississippi on Monday causing widespread destruction to homes and businesses, according to witnesses and local emergency officials.
  • Ken Sullivan, general manager of We Willies Super Auto Wash, looks over the damage after a tornado tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas.
  • Lisa Taney, a volunteer, goes through wedding photos found in the mud near a destroyed trailer after a strong tornado went through the area on April 27 for the second time in three years on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas.
  • A residential neighborhood is seen destroyed by a tornado in this aerial photograph taken near Vilonia, Arkansas on April 28, 2014.
  • An upturned truck lies under a tree that has lost most of its branches, following a tornado near Vilonia, Arkansas, at sunset on April 28, 2014.
  • Jodi Walls pushes a box of belongings out of a friend’s house while cleaning up after a large tornado made its way along Clayton Ave in Tupelo, Miss., on April 28, 2014.
  • Cathy Norman tries to climb through debris and get to her house on Marquette Street in Tupelo, Miss. on April 28, 2014.
  • People walk down Green Street to the corner of North Gloster Street after a tornado went through Tupelo, Mississippi on April 28, 2014.
  • Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive when returning to her destroyed home in Tupelo, Miss., on  April 28, 2014.
  • A resident makes his way down Jackson Street and away from the tornado damaged area in Tupelo, Miss. on April 28, 2014.
  • Nursing home personnel assist residents as they are wheeled to a waiting bus outside a Louisville, Miss., nursing home, on April 28, 2014 after the facility and the Winston Medical Center next door were severely damaged by a tornado.
  • A responder shines his flashlight into the remains of several mobile homes as he searches for survivors in Louisville, Miss., early Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014 after a tornado hit the east Mississippi community Monday.
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Southern states left to recover from deadly tornadoes

Updated

States in the South on Wednesday continued to recover from yet another day of severe weather.

Tornadoes swept through at least five counties in North Carolina on Tuesday, toppling buildings and causing flash flooding. No injuries or deaths were reported.

The first round of twisters hit the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark., Sunday night, killing more than 12 people. At least 11 more individuals died after severe weather affected areas in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee on Monday. The death toll from the storms hit at least 35 in the South by Wednesday morning.

Crews continue to restore electricity as scenes of destruction showed homes wiped away, and power lines littered the streets.