ASSOCIATED PRESS -- The severe storms that plowed across the South twice yesterday took a deadly toll on Alabama.
A mile-wide funnel cloud tore apart many homes and lives.
149 people were killed in the state. At least 36 deaths were in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the death toll could rise as they sort through the rubble and look for those who are missing.
"There's been massive devastation across northern Alabama", Bentley says. "These long track tornadoes, they really tear up the landscape as well as homes and especially in homes that are not very stable. And we're looking for people first."
Bentley asked President Obama for federal help -- and got it. Two-thousand National Guard troops are being sent in to conduct search and rescue operations.
The death toll from tornadoes across much of the south is nearly 180. It's expected to rise.