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Parts of Tuscaloosa destroyed by twister

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- In a neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., which took a direct hit from a tornado late yesterday, dozens of homes are without roofs, and household items are scattered all over the ground.

Streets are impassable -- covered with trees, pieces of houses and cars with their windows blown out.

A medical resident at a Tuscaloosa hospital fled the hospital's parking deck when the wind started swirling. He says he looked back and "saw trees and stuff coming by."

Another doctor who was at the hospital when the tornado hit walked several blocks with his wife to get to their house, which was destroyed. A few houses away, he helped pull three students from the rubble. One was dead and two were badly injured.

On the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, university officials say there doesn't appear to be significant damage.

Video of the tornado hitting the city of more than 83,000 was captured by a news camera mounted on a tower.

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