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A man looks at tornado debris in the Trussville area before dawn Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

Residents walk through the wreckage of their neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

A view of damaged buildings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

Homes were damaged and objects flipped over in Oak Grove.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

Rescue workers help a family out of their neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

The Alabama tornadoes were spawned by a collision between warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico and a large cold front that dipped into the South from the Great Plains, said Mark Rose, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Birmingham.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

People cut fallen trees after a possible tornado passed through the area in the pre-dawn hours Monday. Homes were flattened, windows were blown out of cars and roofs were peeled back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

Neighbors and friends pick through the remains of Russ and Amber Butler's home on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

The owner of this home was killed in the storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

Jeremy Head gets a hug from his sister, Jhan Powers, as he takes a break from cleaning up Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

Residents comb through debris looking for belongings in the Georgebrook subdivision of Trussville.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

The storm left streets littered in the Georgebrook subdivision area of Trussville.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated Press

Russ Butler hugs his wife, Amber, as their neighbors begin the cleanup process Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated Press

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