178 Dead in South After Tornadoes Strike; Flash Flood Warning in New York City; U.S. Economic Growth Slows

• The South has been hit by major storms in five states, including Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and Alabama, for a current death toll of 178, 128 of which are in Alabama. The toll is expected to rise. Here's video from Tuscaloosa, where 32 people have been reported dead and more than 400 injured. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to tornado recovery. [AP, Tuscaloosa News]

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

• The "tail end" of that weather system has led to a flash flood warning in NYC, "effective from noon Thursday until the early evening." Expect 2 to 3 inches of rain and possible roadway flooding. [DNA Info]

• In what's being considered a "temporary setback," economic growth in the U.S. has slowed to a 1.8 percent annual rate for January-March, due to high gas prices, bad weather delaying construction projects, and defense spending cuts. October-December had showed a 3.1 percent growth rate. [NPR]

• The white iPhone 4 is on sale today. [CNN]

• The city will vote to limit pedi-cabs today to no more than 850. "'We have reached our saturation point, and there should not be more pedicabs on the street than there already are today,' City Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) said yesterday." [NYP]

• After the arrests of two teenage boys in connection with the robbery of a deliveryman in Morningside Heights, cops are looking for three men suspected of robbing deliverymen in the East Village, at a building on Avenue D. [NY1]

• Moby has dumped the Lower East Side for the Hollywood Hills. [NYT]



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