The tornado was one of many spawned by a vast, violent storm system that has so far killed as many as 231 people in six U.S. states as of Thursday, according to CNN.
At least 131 people have died in Alabama alone, where several strong tornadoes tore through cities, Governor Robert Bentley told reporters Thursday. "This could be one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the nation's history by the time it's over," CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.
Emergency responders assist a family displaced by a tornado near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Wednesday.
As of Thursday morning, 36 people have died in Tuscaloosa, one of the hardest hit cities, Mayor Walter Maddox told CNN.
"I don't know how anyone survived," CNN reported Maddox as saying.
"We're used to tornadoes here in Tuscaloosa. It's part of growing up. But when you look at the path of destruction that's likely 5 to 7 miles [8 to 11 kilometers] long in an area half a mile to a mile [0.8 to 1.6 kilometers] wide ... It's an amazing scene."