Stunning Tornado Videos Capture Storm's Power : The Two-WayThe strength of the tornadoes that have swept across much of the South in the past few days, killing at least 178 people as they tore through, is all too terrifyingly clear in the eyewitness videos starting to appear on the Web.
Another from Tuscaloosa shows a tornado as it moves across the skyline. We'll add more news about the storms as the day continues.
Update at 2:20 p.m. ET. The View From Space:
The NOAA-NASA GOES Project has a very striking movie of what the storm looked like from space as it rolled across the South.
The storms, from space
As the storms built and rolled across the Southeast, a satellite caught this view.
Credit: NOAA-NASA GOES Project
Update at 1:40 p.m. ET. More From Tuscaloosa:
ABC3340.com has several videos, including this tape of what the station was broadcasting Wednesday as the mile-wide tornado tore through the city. By the end, as you'll hear, the anchor is anxiously warning that "nobody should be out there!"
Update at 12:05 p.m. ET. Video From Mississippi, Via The AP:
Update at 8:58 a.m. ET. More Video From Tuscaloosa:
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Update at 8:55 a.m. ET. Much Of Birmingham Was 'Totally Devastated,' Mayor Says:
Mayor William Bell of Birmingham just spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. At least 26 lives were lost in the city, according to The Birmingham News, and Bell said that in some neighborhoods it "seems like a bomb has been dropped."
"Whole neighborhoods of housing [are] just completely gone," he said. "Churches, gone. Businesses, gone."
Many people in the city, said Bell, need help — especially donations of clothing and water. The city's Boutwell Auditorium is being used as a shelter and is where donations could be delivered.
Steve Inskeep speaks with Birmingham Mayor William Bell
From Tuscaloosa, Pat Duggins of Alabama Public Radio says it's "a scene of utter devastation in certain portions of town," with trees and power lines down, and buildings damaged. The tornado that hit the city was an estimated mile wide.