DISASTERS

Aerial Photos of Tornado Devastation in South

Massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the South, killing hundreds in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of The Charleston Square apartment complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Some of the worst damage was in Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 that is home to the University of Alabama. Neighborhoods there were leveled by a massive tornado that barreled through late Wednesday afternoon and was caught on video by a tower-mounted news camera.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of The Rosedale Court housing community in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama officials confirmed 180 deaths, while there were 33 in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 14 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky.

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This aerial photo shows the path of the tornado in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

As day broke Thursday, people in hard-hit areas surveyed obliterated homes and debris-strewn streets. Some told of deadly winds whipping through within seconds of weather alerts broadcast during the storms Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of a home in Brookwood, Ala.

Obama has already expressed condolences by phone to Gov. Robert Bentley and approved his request for emergency federal assistance.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of a home in Brookwood, Ala.

President Barack Obama said he would visit Alabama Friday to view damage and meet with the governor and families devastated by the storms.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of homes and businesses in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Two of Alabama's major cities were among the places devastated by the deadliest twister outbreak in nearly 40 years.

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of the Alberta section of Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

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This aerial photo shows the devastation of the Wood Square shopping center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Aerial Photos of Tornado Devastation in South

Massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the South, killing hundreds in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris.

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