Volunteers Pitch in to Help Storm's Survivors

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PRATT CITY, Ala. (AP) — Volunteers are pitching in across the South to get aid to some of the communities hardest hit by the deadliest tornado disaster since 1925.

In Pratt City, Ala., a pickup truck stopped at taped-off intersections as volunteers handed out water and groceries. A doctor set up shop in one part of a school, and volunteers staffed the grill in front.

They're helping fill a void left by emergency safety workers whose infrastructure was devastated.

The death toll from Wednesday's storms has reached at least 339 across seven states, including at least 248 in Alabama, making it the second-deadliest day for a twister outbreak in U.S. history. The largest death toll ever was on March 18, 1925, when 747 people were killed in storms that raged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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