Less than a year after a tornado swept through central Alabama, killing scores of people, a debris field created by that tornado caught fire Tuesday, threatening more than a dozen houses in the town of Brookwood, an official said.
There might not have been a truer definition of bittersweet than the events that unfolded this weekend in an Alabama college town recovering from an April day when the winds screamed and the houses blew away like feathers.
This is a tale of two cities tied together by two tornadoes of the most wicked order, the apocalyptic EF-5 -- and by acts of charity that followed. It demonstrates how one good turn -- or town -- deserves another.
Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck was raised in Alabama, and he knows Tuscaloosa and its surroundings very well. At least he used to. He spent two days there last week on a mercy mission after a series of 12 tornadoes hit the area April 27, killing at least 236 people and destroying entire towns.
A week after a record number of tornadoes swarmed through much of the Midwest and the South, killing hundreds of people and devastating villages and towns, residents and officials in the region were still trying to measure its impact.
Top federal officials voiced admiration and vowed cooperation Sunday after touring tornado-ravaged areas in Alabama and Mississippi, promising help to those who made it through this week's storms as they reconstruct their lives and communities.
The storm system that plowed through the South left scenes of destruction described as "surreal" and "sickening" by those who saw them. Authorities were working to reach those trapped; some states are facing a long and arduous recovery. Here's a look at the latest confirmed death toll as provided by state authorities as well as reports from some of the worst-hit areas.
The severe storms that carved a path of destruction across large swaths of the American South this week caused an estimated $2 billion to $5 billion in insured losses, catastrophe modeling firm Eqecat said Friday.
We knew the threat was real when little pieces of Tuscaloosa began to drop on Birmingham. For such a violent storm, there was very little rain. Instead, paper receipts from businesses 50 miles away and strangers' family photos flitted through the air.
Dazed Southerners on Thursday comforted one another and began the process of rebuilding after a barrage of storms claimed nearly 300 lives and reduced once-familiar neighborhoods to piles of bricks and lumber.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- At this point, we have to wonder: Does Urban Meyer wake up in a cold sweat every few nights, having seen one of Nick Saban's blitz schemes in his dreams? Does he reflexively gag at the sight of crimson? Does he have an unusual disdain for elephants?
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama first-team defense, the best unit on teams that went 26-2 the past two seasons, never enjoyed a post-spring steak dinner. When Crimson Tide players gathered to close the book on spring practice the past three years, the defenders always ate from the plates of beans reserved for the losers of the annual A-Day Game.
They say college football is religion in the Deep South, but it's not. Only religion is religion. Anyone who has seen an old man rise from his baptism, his soul all on fire, knows as much, though it is easy to see how people might get confused. But if football were a faith anywhere, it would be here on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Ala. And now has come a great revival.
With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos
Investigators on Monday were examining two fires in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to determine whether they were set intentionally and, if so, whether they are related to a series of fires set at churches elsewhere in the state.