Storms Rampage Across The Southern U.S. as presented by: Sacramento Bee

A ferocious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs rampaged across the southern U.S. over the weekend, killing at least 45 people across six states. North Carolina was the hit the hardest. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue said she's never seen anything like the destruction caused by the storm system that has claimed at least 21 lives statewide. Annina Purdy, who was inside the Lowe's hardware store in Sanford, N.C. the previous day when a tornado destroyed the building, returned to the store's parking lot on Sunday, April 17, 2011, to reclaim personal belongings from her car. Mackayla Jones comforts a dog with a broken leg in Askewville, N.C., Sunday, April 17, 2011 after a tornado moved through the area Saturday. An aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Sanford, N.C. Sunday, April 17, 2011.

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