Eight dead, more casualties expected after tornadoes rip through U.S. Southeast

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By Tyler Clifford (Reuters) – Rescue teams were searching for missing people in central Alabama on Friday and the death toll was expected to climb, local officials said, after thunderstorms and tornadoes damaged dozens of homes and knocked down trees. Seven deaths have been reported in Alabama’s Autauga County, emergency management director Ernie Baggett said on MSNBC. County Coroner Buster Barber told Reuters the number of casualties would rise. The tornado caused widespread damage on Thursday, ripping off rooftops and hurling other debris. “We are finding more bodies as we speak,” he said in…

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