Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 04/18/2011

U.S. tornadoes killed 45: watch storm videos


The remains of a destroyed Lowe's Home Improvement store is pictured after a tornado in Sanford, N.C. (Chris Keane/Reuters)
A string of severe storms and tornadoes in Virginia, North Carolina and several other Southern states left at least 45 people dead over the weekend.

The Post’s Dan Eggen writes:

The brunt of the storm system was felt in North Carolina, where officials said more than 70 tornadoes were reported in 19 counties. At least 22 people died and 80 were injured during the storm, and tens of thousands remained without power Sunday as officials scrambled to assess the damage and rescue survivors.

The Associated Press has up-to-date information on the damage and devastation broken down by the states affected here.

Videos, ranging from terrifying, heartbreaking to, at times, uplifting, are emerging from the areas affected by the storm. Watch them below:

Watch video of tornadoes in North Carolina, the state hardest hit by the storm, and hear the storm victims talk to CNN:

A North Carolina man tells “GMA” the terrifying story of how his baby cousin was ripped from his arms as a tornado hit his trailer. Thankfully, the baby survived:

In North Carolina, some quick-thinking Lowe’s employees were able to get shoppers into the rear of the building, the safest area of the store, as a tornado hit:

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