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President Obama tours "heartbreaking" devastation left by tornadoes and storms that killed more than 300 people and vowed to help Southern communities rebuild.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images

Olivia Allen, right, with a disaster response team, hugs Janet Price, relieved to see she is safe. The tornado that touched down in Tuscaloosa is estimated to have been a mile wide.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica McGowan / Getty Images

James Dixon Jr. returns to his destroyed home in the Rosedale neighborhood. "Something like this will weigh on you for a long time," he says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica McGowan / Getty Images

President Obama greets locals as he tours tornado-damaged areas of Alabama.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images

Tim Parrish removes debris from his house in Pleasant Grove, just west of downtown Birmingham, Ala. Tornadoes and violent storms have raked seven Southern states.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TAMI CHAPPELL / Reuters

Fire Lt. Bill Savage looks for a missing child at the Rosedale Courts housing complex.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Bundy / AP

An aerial view of tornado damage. Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / AP

Mary Abrams sits in what is left of her home in the Rosedale Court public housing project.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michelle Lepianka Carter / Tuscaloosa News

A motorist drives his damaged car away.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill

Daniel Hinton looks through the remains of his house Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMANDA SOWARDS / MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER

Stephanie Macon finds a family photo while looking for belongings on Thursday in the wreckage of a mobile home owned by her parents.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mickey Welsh / MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER

People reclaim some of their belongings in the Alberta City neighborhood Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Bundy / Associated Press

An aerial view shows the devastation after Wednesday's tornado cut through Alabama. President Obama said he would visit the state Friday to view damage and meet with the governor and families devastated by the storms.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

Ray Steele helps clean up Sew Bee It, a quilt shop. The building was destroyed, but two glass vases remained on a shelf, unharmed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allison Carter / Chattanooga Times

Kelly Giddens helps University of Alabama law student Daniel Hinton remove belongings from his destroyed home in the Cedar Crest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica McGowan / Getty Images

Firefighters search the rubble of a home in the Alberta City section of Tuscaloosa. Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 250 people in six states.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Reeves / Associated Press

University of Alabama Air Force ROTC cadet Kristin Wolse, left, carries a dog she and other students rescued from a house hit by a tornado in the Alberta City area of Tuscaloosa. The dog died soon after this image was made.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Reeves / Associated Press

Faye Hyde, right, sits on a mattress in what was her yard as she comforts her grandchildren, including Sierra Goldsmith, 2, front. Their home was destroyed by a tornado. [For the record: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly gave the name of the town as Conord.]

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberts / THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS

Overnight tornadoes leave part of Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., in ruins.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARVIN GENTRY / Reuters

Rescue workers tend to an injured person.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberts / The Birmingham News

John Boxmeyer climbs through the rubble of a home where he was helping friends recover belongings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay Reeves / Associated Press

Residents search through what is left of their homes after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, just west of downtown Birmingham.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

Residents search through what is left of their homes after Wednesday's tornado hit Pleasant Grove, just west of downtown Birmingham.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

A utility pole hangs from wires in front of a church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brennen Smith / Decatur Daily

People look at storm damage along 15th Street on Wednesday. A strong tornado moved through the city in the afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

A tornado moves through the city Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

A displaced family is assisted by emergency responders near Tuscaloosa, Ala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

Residents gather on a blocked street in Pratt City, just outside Birmingham.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

Along 15th Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

First responders carry an elderly woman away after rescuing her from the rubble of her home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Giles / TIMES DAILY

Automotive fluids leak from an overturned car in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

Lorna McCarter, left, and daughter Susan Hutchins regroup with their dog Shadow after their home was destroyed in the Cedar Crest neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

McFarland Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News

In the Forest Lake neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michelle Lepianka Carter / Tuscaloosa News

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11 Comments

  1. April 28, 2011, 9:38 am

    Doesn't look like this trucker got the news of the bad storms.

    By: eric776@yahoo.com
  2. April 28, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Heart breaking—instead of funding the war, help our own folks right now. In prayers for everyone.

    By: Meg
  3. April 28, 2011, 12:18 pm

    My prayers go out to all those affected by these storms. May God provide you with comfort and strength to see you through!

    By: Vicki
  4. April 30, 2011, 3:34 pm

    The still shots say more than words could ever express…May God give us all the strength to get through this!

    By: Steen Grayson, GA
  5. April 30, 2011, 3:52 pm

    My prayers go out to all the people who lost love ones and there homes in this terrible and castastrophic storm. Please keep your faith thru all of this and God will see you through it !! God Bless you all>>>>>The Nelson's Chattanooga, Tn

    By: herbert
  6. April 30, 2011, 4:42 pm

    I have family in birmingham. I was terrified when I saw the pictures. My heart goes out to all affected by this disaster.

    By: Chase
  7. April 30, 2011, 6:20 pm

    That picture fits this guy perfectly. DISASTER in every direction. Why don't you focus on the people and not this joke.

    By: stellak99
  8. May 1, 2011, 7:32 am

    why did president obama deny fema to help elmore county?

    By: ksanford71@ymail.com
  9. May 4, 2011, 8:30 am

    if you think that still shot looks bad, you should see the picts that i have… i live in the peterson area of alabama, my mom lives in holt and my uncle lives in alberta, thankfully we are all ok. my uncle suffered home damage.
    cindig2946@charter.net

    By: 4ccindig6@c
  10. May 14, 2011, 11:24 am

    Well, I believe this image implies how Obama has left the US since he went into office. In the ruins… (based on the more conservative, Republican side but let me tell you, I am neutral when it comes to politics)

    By: flarry15@yahoo.com
  11. May 3, 2013, 12:41 pm

    A year after this photo was taken, the photographer was laid off from his longtime job at The Birmingham News. A few weeks later he was hospitalized and soon after died. Here's his obituary…
    http://blog.al.com/archiblog/2012/11/jeff_roberts

    By: Guest

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