Storms continue to batter south US

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Officials have said that at least 193 people have been killed by tornadoes and storms in the south-eastern United States.

128 have died in the last few days in Alabama, the worst-hit state to which federal aid money is being sent.

Deaths and destruction have also been reported in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia.

Seven states have declared states of emergency.

The US National Weather Service has preliminary reports of nearly 300 tornadoes since the storm began on Friday, with more than 130 on Wednesday alone.

Mr Obama said on Wednesday night: “We will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms.”

Hundreds of thousands of homes have lost power to their homes as a result of Tennessee Valley Authority being forced to shut down three nuclear reactors.

“We have never experienced such a major weather event in our history,” the Tennessee Valley Authority said in a statement.

Another major storm system is forecast to hit in a few days.