The storms that ravaged Southern states, killing more than 200 people, has left a path of destruction in their wake. President Obama has ordered emergency aid for the states. Alabama governor Robert Bentley said in a news conference, “We had a major catastrophic event in Alabama.” Thousands have been injured and more than half a million people have been left without power.
As with most modern day tragedies, the storms were filmed and photographed extensively. The raw footage filmed by citizens caught in the tornadoes’ tracks brings the immediacy of the damage alive. Here are the stunned sounds of people viewing the aftermath:
Here’s footage shot an hour after the storm of downtown Tuscaloosa (There’s also an 11-minute video here.)
Here’s a video shot by Tuscaloosa news:
Here’s one shot during the storm:
Here’s storm-chasers’ footage:
More footage of the storm: