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Short version: I'm okay. Cullman and Tuscaloosa are not. If you are in Huntsville or elsewhere in northern Alabama, get safe now.

@cnnbrk: Emergency officials believe a #tornado struck a hospital in Cullman, #Alabama. http://on.cnn.com/dOF0yK  

RT @myfoxal: Craziest photo we have so far of the tornado in Cullman as it roars near a Jack's restaurant. http://twitpic.com/4q93rs 

Craziest photo we have so far of the tornado in Cullman as it... on Twitpic

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I'm going to hit post now--we've still got some strong winds blowing through the backyard trees, but I think we're okay now. It's northern Alabama that's got to watch out. 

RT @whnt Meteorologist Alan Raymond confirms a wall cloud is approaching downtown Huntsville right now.  Take shelter.

Stay safe, y'all.

ETA: Video of the Tuscaloosa tornado. I've seen horror movies that weren't shot with this much tension.

ETA 9 pm: Internet going in and out. Apparently more tornadoes coming through in an hour.

ETA: 9:08 pm: Never mind, we may be clear.

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OMG - stay safe. Best wishes headed your way because that - all of that - is just awesome: heavy on the 'awe', fear and terror.

My parents live in Tuscaloosa near the Alberta City neighborhood and are still MIA. I watched the tornado come in live on ABC 33/40's live stream, and have been trying to get in contact with them ever since. I'm very worried :(

I finally heard from my parents at 7 a.m. Central. They're unhurt, but the house is mangled - 5 trees down on the main level. I've discovered that I'm in the odd position of knowing more about what's going on than people down on the ground because out here in CA, I have working power, phone, and internet.

thank you for posting this! I got home from work (am currently West Coast) and finally got online and Facebook had exploded and then I saw your post and went AH MUST CALL PARENTS. They're safe, thankfully, as is everyone else in my family, I believe, but--I rarely check the news and home and seriously would've had no clue this had happened without you cluing me in. THANK YOU. Stay safe!

Another of my LJ-friends sits in Birmingham and is updating. It's really scary to read both of you. Hope you and your family can stay safe.

EDIT: Okay, I just checked, and she actually lives in Tuscaloosa D:

Edited at 2011-04-28 07:49 am (UTC)

I hope she and her family are okay!

Holy crap! keep your head down, Ma'am!

My small town was hit a tornado last week but it looks nothing like the damage caused by the F5 hitting your state. When I saw it hit near the university, I had shivers up my spine. Please let me know what can be done to help.

I'm glad you're OK! Stay safe!

I am so grateful that you posted an update! I hope you and your family continue to stay safe and that the worst has passed.

Glad you checked in. Stay safe, and I'm sure we're all praying really hard just now...

OMG, so very happy you are all right. And so very sorry for what has happened in Alabama. We in TN feel your pain, trust me...

Watching the news, thought of you immediately, glad you're ok. Wow. O_O

Just came out of the hardest-hit area of Tuscaloosa. My neighbourhood is completely not there anymore. This was already one of the poorest areas of town and they are going to need massive help for months, at the very least. I don't know how else to say it. It's just not there anymore.

I'm in Cottondale. We avoided the worst of it, but all of us are just aching for everyone who took a direct hit. I drove through Alberta this morning (I work at DCH) and it was simply unreal. I have never, ever seen anything like it.

I am so, so sorry your neighborhood got wiped out. If I can help you at all, please contact me. My e-mail is screwrationalthought@yahoo.com.

Oh my god, that's terrifying!
Stay safe!!

Cleo, could you please post that those wishing to donate to the recovery effort in Tuscaloosa can text the Red Cross at 90999 to give $10? I'm here in T-Town, and the devastation is total. Half the town is just *not here* anymore. Most of the city is still without power, several water towers were damaged so rationing is a possibility, the areas hardest-hit were already predominantly low-income areas...I cannot overstate the need for help here.

For those reading your journal that have loved ones here they can't reach: Landlines are down in Tuscaloosa and cell signals are VERY hit and miss. Power is out pretty much everywhere so charging phones and laptops is problematic. Communicating with anyone here is going to be hard. You can call the Tuscaloosa Police at (205) 349-2121 and ask them to try and get in touch with your loved one and they will do their best to find them and get them in touch with you.

Speaking of power and charging things, my laptop is about to die, so I'm gonna end here. Please, please, please Cleo readers...if you can, text the Red Cross at 90999 and donate.

Glad you are safe. Thanks for the updates.