A NASA satellite captured this image of the explosive storm clouds as they moved across the Deep South on April 27.
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Tornado Track Georgia
Credit: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA
A pale green swath in this Landsat image from April 28 reveals the path of a tornado outside of Griffin, Georgia.
The tornado was on the ground between 12:03 and 12:28 a.m. local time on April 28, hours before the image was taken. By the time the funnel cloud lifted, the tornado had covered about 20 miles (30 km) with a path about half a mile wide, said the National Weather Service.
The tornado was an EF-3 tornado with winds of about 140 mph (225 kph).
Storm survey teams conducted aerial surveys above Tuscaloosa. The following images show before and after photos of the devastation.
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The same area as in the previous photo after the tornado went through.
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With few basements in Dixie Alley , not many places were safe in the paths of the tornadoes. Many entire neighborhoods were completely obliterated.
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Trees and houses have clearly been demolished in the bottom area of this image.
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As these images show, even solidly build structures where leveled. The tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa has been rated a high-end EF-4, with winds of up to 190 mph (306 kph).
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Only a few houses were spared in a section of a neighborhood captured in this photo.
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The tornado that hit Tuscaloosa is thought to have traveled all the way to Birmingham, some 60 miles (97 km) away.
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The tornado leveled a shopping center near a major road in Tuscaloosa.
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