Tuscaloosa devastated by massive tornado

Tuscaloosa devastated by massive tornado

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The area in front of the Hobby Lobby. The area in front of the Hobby Lobby.
Snapped trees in Tuscaloosa. Snapped trees in Tuscaloosa.
Volunteers load an injured woman into a pickup truck. Volunteers load an injured woman into a pickup truck.
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Around 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday, a massive tornado pushed through Tuscaloosa. It traveled south of downtown Tuscaloosa while it crossed over Highway 11.

Video of the scene showed debris showering across the city and transformers exploding as the storm plowed through.

FOX6 meteorologist Dennis Washington was on the scene as the tornado moved through the city. The tornado left a wake of destruction about a mile wide. Washington described the scene left behind as a disaster.

People immediately got to work after the storm passed. Volunteers began searching for the injured among the rubble of buildings.

The University of Alabama has reported that the campus received no structural damage, but power outages in the area are widespread.

The Student Recreation Center has been opened for students whose off-campus residences are damaged and counseling is available.

The University asks that students stay away from damaged areas.

To see more photos of Tuscaloosa tornado, visit the MyFoxAL Flickr page.

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