A University of Alabama student is missing after her off-campus apartment was obliterated.

A crying baby is found safe and sound—on the ground, in the arms of his dead mother.

An 800 lb. safe containing someone’s most valuable earthly possessions is found in a river.

These are but a few of the many ways tornadoes sweeping through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia on Wednesday night have devastated lives.

Untold numbers of homes and business were wiped out. Entire towns were leveled, and hundreds of thousands of people were without power. More than 262 have been killed.

The National Weather Service received reports of more than 150 tornadoes around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi. The worst damage is in Alabama.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, who is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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