Thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in the South affected by a catastrophic string of tornadoes that have flattened many communities in the region. WAKA in Montgomery reports
40 64 people have died in Wednesday's storms in Alabama. Around 5 o'clock on Wednesday a massive, mile-wide twister ripped through the town of Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa’s mayor, Walter Maddox, called the damage "catastrophic" on The Weather Channel. Aaron Suttles at TideSports.com tweeted that "It looks like bombs went off. Nothing left standing. Complete rubble. Cars upside down and caved in." Mayor Maddox confirmed that at least 15 people have been killed in the twister's aftermath. Meanwhile, Crimson Tide Productions captured this raw, downright apocalyptic footage of the mile-wide tornado slamming through Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama campus. The video is haunting.
Update at 12:00 P.M.: Added more videos of the tornado wrecking havoc in Tuscaloosa
Here's the twister moving over Bryant Denny Stadium:
From the Tuscaloosa University Mall parking lot.
University of Alabama student narrates what the tornado is going over
The tornado goes over Tuscaloosa's 15th Street
To put the severity of the damage in perspective, check out this before and after photo, via
Another vantage point...
This story is still developing. Stay tuned here.
Hat Tip: The Daily What