By now you may have seen the news video from WIAT channel 42 in Tuscaloosa as the monster storm moved over the area. It's frightening from a distance.
But this brave and foolhardy videographer was on the ground only a few hundred yards away as the tornado passed nearby:
The storm tore through Tuscaloosa and the surrounding countryside for miles. Within a hundred yards or so the devastation was total. WIAT sent a helicopter up the next day and tracked the destruction. That video is here.
This aerial photo shows the path of the tornado in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The earth is basically scoured down to the soil in many places.
Conservatives are the most generous givers in America and I doubt the need for the survivors of these storms will go unmet. The Associated Press has put together a list of reputable charities including the Red Cross and Salvation Army.