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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

@marcusgilmer: shot from ABC 33/40 of large tornado tearing through Tuscaloosa near Skyland Blvd. http://twitpic.com/4qa3c2  

shot from ABC 33/40 of large tornado tearing through Tuscaloo... on Twitpic

@Brad_Strickland: Dear God! RT @weatherchannel: Tuscaloosa tornado. http://twitpic.com/4qa3bu #severe

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@juliamacbham: http://www.twitvid.com/4W6PU Tuscaloosa by the stadium (video)

RT @AaronSuttles: Out surveying damage. Tuscaloosa around 15th street and McFarland is gone. Total destruction. CVS gone. 15th wiped out.

RT @moirarogersbree: RT @jenniferbarnett: Damage in Tuscaloosa http://plixi.com/p/96546361 #alwx

@Brad_Strickland: RT @SEC_Chuck: Downtown Tuscaloosa:  http://twitpic.com/4qa31x 

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@marcusgilmer: RT @gbdawkins: a gun shop destroyed in Tuscaloossa. Consequently, guns littering the streets of Tuscaloosa. This could end poorly

@moirarogersbree: That is one MASSIVE UGLY storm. And it is going to go north of us, I think. Possibly 1/2 mile wide tornado.

@marcusgilmer: RT @jamonsmith: Alberta's been devastated. People are fleeing it headed to the hospital.

@WBE_Jerry: Not sure what that means, but can't be good RT @weatherchannel: for 1st time, issued TOR:CON of 10 out of 10 for northern AL

@marcusgilmer: @cleolinda jesus, abc 33/40 has live stream of a guy on interstate following tornado towards the 'ham.

RT @MiaRaven: Greatest danger in B'ham: along Red Mountain and points north - LARGE WEDGE TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND! #alwx

RT @BreakingNews: Residents in downtown Birmingham, Alabama asked to take shelter as violent tornado approaches http://bit.ly/kZjqXE

RT @kennysmith: Good. Lord. RT @100WAPI Full shot of the system headed for downtown #alwx http://twitpic.com/4qalh9  

Full shot of the system headed for downtown #alwx on Twitpic

@annejumps: The Nothing now over Birmingham, AL #weather

@juliamacbham: http://twitpic.com/4qaotb this camera is 20 blocks from my house


@juliamacbham: @particle_person @cleolinda http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ABC-33-40-Main we bring the local boys. follow them on the road here

So we went down to the basement. Then, before we'd even sat down, we heard that our neighborhood had gotten the all-clear. I think, like Bree said, it did pass north of us.

Of course, this is not to speak of what passed through earlier this morning.

RT @RickJourney: Birmingham mayor William Bell says "tremendous" damage from west to east #Bham. A shelter will be set up at Boutwell Auditorium.

RT @alabamapower: Nearly 140,000 outages in western and bhm areas. Call 1-800-888-APCO to report outage or hazardous condition.

@WBE_Jerry: !!! RT @SEC_Chuck Downtown Birmingham - what is left of big digital sign in front of BJCC: http://twitpic.com/4q76ch 

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Back to tonight:

RT @BreakingNews: We're posting photos, videos and more frequent updates of the devastating Alabama tornado on http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/alabama-tornado

Sample posts include "Another photo of tornado damage in Tuscaloosa. Witness says this was a Krispy Kreme store - @seefox," "Photo shows a Tuscaloosa mall demolished by the tornado - J. Bryan" and "Photo of the destruction in Tuscaloosa. '15th and Mcfarland looks just awful, loss for words.'" Other things I saw scroll by on Twitter indicate that a couple of news studios were destroyed, and, I'm pretty sure, a mall and hospital in Cullman as well.

RT @stormchaser4850: DEVELOPING: RT @RES911CUE: Mayor of Tuscaloosa, AL on TWC saying damage is catastrophic. Says areas of town have been "obliterated".

RT @BreakingNews: Storms knock out 3 TVA nuclear reactors in Alabama - Reuters http://reut.rs/iCOXUa

Yeah. We have those.

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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Oh goodness, my bad- typo.

As of this morning, we are slowly powering back up. Huntsville and Madison has some working stoplights now.

Oh, no problem. I was just like, MY GOD.

Do you have water yet?

According to our next door neighbor, yes. They powered up the water treatment plant this morning, I think. We are in West TN, and plan to head back in the morning. The Arsenal is still dark, though.

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