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Alabama rechecking tornado death count

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama emergency officials are rechecking the tornado fatalities across the state to make sure they have the right number.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency reported the death toll had risen to 250 on Sunday. But then the agency dropped the total to 236 on Monday.

The agency's state director, Art Faulkner, said Tuesday the agency is making sure some victims weren't counted twice. He said getting an accurate death toll will take time because some bodies were not whole. Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday the search for victims is still going on in some areas and those searches could change the numbers.

The National Weather Service says Alabama was struck by 23 tornadoes during last week's outbreak of storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved 36 counties for aid.

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