Nov. 11 -- NBC's Don Teague reports on the paths of destruction left by dozens of tornadoes over the weekend.
WARTBURG, Tenn., Nov. 11 â€” Emergency crews searched for survivors Monday amid the wreckage from pulverizing tornadoes that barreled through Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio, killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 100 others. NBCâ€™s Jim Avila reported from one town where a tornado alert saved hundreds of lives, including those of families packed into a movie theater.
A wide band of storms stretched from Louisiana to Ohio, with Tennessee and Alabama the hardest hit. The death toll included 16 in Tennessee, 10 in Alabama and five in Ohio, while 45 people were unaccounted for in the rural town of Mossy Grove, Tenn., officials said.
The injured included at least 55 people in Tennessee, 50 in Alabama and in 21 Ohio, authorities said.
Some people died as they became trapped in cars and homes, while others frantically tried to escape the churning storms.