Va. tornado kills 3; at least 24 dead in 6 states

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Virginia officials say a tornado has killed three people in the state, raising the death toll to 24 dead in six states after the passage of severe storms.

Gloucester County Sheriff Steve Gentry in Virginia told television station WTVR that three people died and more than 60 people injured from a tornado. He says a tornado wiped out houses, uprooted trees and caused widespread damage Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says that at least four people have died in powerful spring storms that swept across the state, raising the death toll to 21.

Perdue confirmed deaths in four counties late Saturday night, but shouldn't wouldn't give an exact figure. The number of fatalities is expected to rise, though. Officials in the city of Raleigh alone have reported "multiple" deaths.

The storms have already killed 17 people in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

But there were stories of survival. In North Carolina, the manager of a Lowe's hardware store is being credited with saving more than 100 employees and customers when he ushered them to the back of the store. The front of the building was flattened.

In South Carolina, six people survived a church collapse.

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