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Editor's Note: This story is a collaborative effort of CNN and iReport contributors who were affected by the powerful storm system that unleashed a swarm of tornadoes in the Southern U.S.
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  • Worst tornado storms for the region in decades
  • Casualties estimated in the hundreds
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Smithville, Missouri among towns hardest hit

(CNN)-- A week ago, a powerful storm system unleashed a swarm of tornadoes across the Southern United States. Dozens of communities have been impacted by the damage, and the death toll is more than 300.


At least 178 tornadoes were part of the severe weather that raked 14 states April 27-28, making it the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.


Do you live in a town that’s been affected by the recent tornadoes? Are you a volunteer or rescue worker helping with recovery efforts? CNN and iReport want to hear your story. Share your stories, video and photos.


Post-storm conditions can be dangerous. Please do not expose yourself to a potentially life-threatening  situation.