Marion County fatalities raise statewide death toll

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - State and local authorities say the number of storm fatalities in Marion County has jumped dramatically and increased Alabama's total deaths to at least 248.

Marion County is now reporting 35 fatalities. That's up from three reported Thursday.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Police Chief Steven Anderson said Friday night that the death toll for the city and its police jurisdiction had been reduced from 45 to 39. They attributed the revised toll to the availability of new information about the deceased. That adjustment was not reflected in state Emergency Management Agency figures late Friday night and early Saturday showing 254 total deaths, including 45 in Tuscaloosa County.

Reached at home early Saturday, Anderson said the state must not have received the revised figure for Tuscaloosa. Making that change, the statewide death toll stands at 248 instead of 254. EMA said Saturday morning that DeKalb County had 33 deaths, followed by Franklin with 27, Jefferson with 20, Walker and Lawrence with 14 each and St. Clair with 13.

Other counties reporting fatalities are Calhoun with nine, Jackson with eight, Madison at seven, Elmore with six, Marshall at five, Fayette, Hale and Limestone counties with four each, Tallapoosa with three, Cullman with two and Bibb with one.

Here are the most recent death tolls in the states hit hardest by the storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast, killing at least 339 people:

Alabama: 248 dead

Mississippi: 34 dead

Tennessee: 34 dead

Georgia: 15 dead

Virginia: 5 dead

Louisiana: 2 dead

Kentucky: 1 dead

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