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- The massive twister killed at least 15 people in Smithville. It also ripped up gravestones from a cemetery and flung them all over, according to a local news account. (Photo: NOAA/NOAA/Google)
The recent tornado outbreak, which will go down as the largest outbreak in recorded history, spawned an estimated 305 twisters ranging from welterweight EF-0s to at least two titanic EF-5s. (The D.C. region got 11 tornadoes.) The latest death toll stands at 327 fatalities, 236 of which occurred in Alabama. You can see the utter destruction the twisters wrought in that state in these before-and-after photographs of Tuscaloosa, taken April 29 by a NOAA plane flying at 5,000 feet. The other aerial photographs in this gallery were compiled by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey as part of an interactive map of tornado damage.