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Dozen dead in violent southern storms; 10 in Miss.

Apr 26, 2010 7:29:00 AM - thestate.com
Morgan Hayden and Joe Moton stepped carefully through nails, broken glass and pink tufts of insulation, the remnants of their home leveled by a tornado that killed at least 10 in rural Mississippi.

The couple had planned to marry in Arkansas on Monday, but with little left besides the clothes on their backs, they weren't sure what to do.

"It'll work out, though," 27-year-old Hayden said Sunday, a day after the tornado ripped through the countryside. She and Moton, 31, huddled with other relatives in the home's bathroom.

Their story and those by other survivors show how much higher the toll could have been as authorities tried to get a better handle on the destruction. Two deaths in Alabama also have been blamed on the violent weather that churned through a half-dozen Southern states over the weekend.

Dale Thrasher, 60, had been alone in Hillcrest Baptist Church when the tornado ripped away wood and metal until all that was left was rubble, Thrasher and the communion table he had climbed under as he prayed for protection.

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