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What the Heck Is This?

This looks like a mess. And it is. Sadly, you probably saw this image, or one just like it, in the news recently.

It's an aerial view of what had been a pleasant neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before the colossal tornado tore the town apart April 27. The twister packed winds of 190 miles (310 kilometers per hour).

The photo above is a close-up of what had been a house near 15th Street and McFarland Boulevard. You can see the full images below — before and after — and the area focused on is the brown-roofed house just above the parking lot near the bottom of the images.

Check out also this amazing image of the tornado track seen from space.

The tornado was part of an outbreak that was among the worst in history. Between the morning of April 25 and early April 28, a total of 362 tornadoes struck the southeastern and central United States. Data released just yesterday found April to be a Wild Weather Month across the country.

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The near 15th Street and McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before the colossal tornado tore the town apart April 27, 2011. (Image credit: NOAA)

The same neighborhood after the Tuscaloosa tornado. (Image credit: NOAA)
Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.