I am sure that we are all concerned about magnitude of the storm system that has devastated the South over the past 36 hrs. The latest number of fatalities that I have seen on CNN was 230+.
I think that it is important to put this all in perspective. These storms, and the earlier ones that went from Arkansas North Carolina, are being fed by record, or near record sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Gulf of Mexico. Check the data at Jeff Masters' Weather Underground sit, from which I linked this image: