DENVER (CBS4)- Four people from the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter are on their way to tornado-ravaged areas. Three volunteers and one staff person, including one mental health specialist, two nurses and one IT person, will deploy to Alabama by Friday morning.

The Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross could send many more volunteers, up to 20 in the next few days since the situation is evolving.

Storms that devastated the South on Wednesday left 180 people dead in Alabama. The total death toll in the region was 266 on Thursday afternoon.

The storms that spawned dozens of tornadoes were part of the deadliest storm outbreak in decades. There were also deaths reported in five other states: 33 in Mississippi; 33 in Tennessee; 14 in Georgia; five in Virginia; and one in Kentucky.

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