Apr 28 - A powerful tornado hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing at least 15 people and injuring over 100 more. Travis Brecher reports.
Devastation in the wake of a powerful tornado that touched down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The mile-wide twister killed at least 15 people, injured more than 100, and destroyed everything in its path. Houses are torn apart, and cars lie flattened and upside down. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox expects the death toll to rise, and fears many victims could still be buried beneath rubble. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TUSCALOOSA MAYOR WALTER MADDOX SAYING: "As of 7:30 pm we have 15 confirmed fatalities, and I'm afraid that number is going to be ever increasing." Most of the area remains without power, and schools and businesses are closed. U.S. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Alabama and ordered federal aid to the stricken state. The tornado came as part of a series of storms that began lashing the southeastern United States on Monday, and have killed more than 70 people. Violent weather has pummelled much of the South this month. Two weeks ago at least 47 people died as storms tore a wide path from Oklahoma to North Carolina. Travis Brecher, Reuters