According to msnbc, as of April 17, 2011, a total of at least 45 individuals were found dead after deadly tornadoes swept through 6 states.  Raleigh, North Carolina was among one of the states to have been hit the hardest, leaving dozens deceased and hundreds injured. Sixty-two tornadoes alone hit the state late Saturday night. This was the greatest number of tornadoes to have hit North Carolina in two decades.

Despite North Carolina, the tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia.

A state of emergency was equipped for North Carolina on Saturday, yet by Sunday morning the severe weather storms had been lifted. Bertie County, N.C. was hit hard leaving 11 dead and at least 75 houses in the county were destroyed.

Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina asked Obama to declare a disaster in the states allowing for federal aid be available to all.

Shaw University located in Raleigh, N.C. ended its semester early due to the damage from the tornado. Students were evacuated without even taking final exams due to the severity of the tornadoes. College campuses evacuated individuals, allowing them to go home early, or providing shelter for those who live out-of-state.

The National Weather Service has reported that sections of the Midwest and South are experiencing more severe weather storms into Wednesday.

Here is some raw footage of the damage left behind by the tornadoes:

Please keep the families who have suffered gravely in your thoughts and prayers.