Here's a reflectivity view from Birmingham (NWS) Doppler around 6:30 pm Wednesday, showing a 1/2 to 1 mile wide tornado. The energy beam from the Doppler is actually reflecting off debris swept up in the tornado. Absolutely incredible.And one doesn't want to be a gawker at other people's tragedy, but The Big Picture does have a gallery of 23 photos, from which I've selected these two:
Vimeo; you can understand why the videographer was hyperventilating. And a survival story is here.
Photo credit top Marvin Gentry/Reuters, bottom Rogelio V. Solis/AP.