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Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Tuscaloosa Tornado: A gigantic tornado ripped apart Tuscaloosa, Ala., last night. A spectacular video shows debris flying from the funnel cloud. Another video shows a tornado roaring through downtown Tuscaloosa. A video of the damage is staggering. [Related: The Tornado Damage Scale in Images ]

Birmingham Tornado: A rain-wrapped tornado blasted Birmingham, Ala., last night.

Tornado Death Toll: At least 173 people died during last nights storms, according to the latest reports.

Tornado Watches Today: The severe weather isn't done yet, and the East Coast is bracing for strong storms today.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Arkansas Tornado Video and Poplar Bluff Flooding

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