Photos: Storm Sweeps The South TweetShareGoogle+Email View Slideshow 1 of 18 Gail Gilland, 58, holds her 6-month-old grandson, Major Sealey, amid the wreckage of her home in Bethel, Va., Friday. Gilland survived a tornado early Thursday morning by hiding under her bed and riding out the storm while her husband, James, was trapped in the hallway. Jeff Gentner / AP View Slideshow 2 of 18 President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tour tornado damage in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday. Charles Dharapak / AP View Slideshow 3 of 18 Residents clean up storm damage in Bethel, Va., on Friday. Jeff Gentner / AP View Slideshow 4 of 18 An aerial view shows the tornado damage spread over a half-mile wide path in Pleasant Grove, Ala., Thursday. Dave Martin / AP View Slideshow 5 of 18 A damaged truck is covered in graffiti in a tornado-ravaged area near Rainsville, Ala., Thursday. At least 32 people died in Dekalb County, when the tornado struck on Wednesday. Mark Almond / AP View Slideshow 6 of 18 Residents wander the streets near downtown Tuscaloosa surveying the damage on Thursday. President Obama is headed to the area today. The tornado that touched down in Tuscaloosa was estimated to be one mile wide. Jessica McGowan / Getty Images View Slideshow 7 of 18 Downed traffic lights are seen near I-81 following a tornado in Glade Spring, Va. Several homes and truck-stops along I-81 were severly damaged. Jeff Gentner / AP View Slideshow 8 of 18 A tornado-damaged home is seen in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday, after devastating tornadoes ripped through the area. Les Neuhaus / Getty Images View Slideshow 9 of 18 The sun sets on the devastated Rosedale community in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday. Jessica McGowan / Getty Images View Slideshow 10 of 18 Firefighters search the rubble of a home in the Alberta City section of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday. Jay Reeves / AP View Slideshow 11 of 18 Kelly Giddens (right) helps University of Alabama law student Daniel Hinton remove belongings from his destroyed home in the Cedar Crest neighborhood of Tuscaloosa. Jessica McGowan / Getty Images View Slideshow 12 of 18 Sal Merritt and Edrich Barnes rest outside the remains of Alberta Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. Jay Reeves / AP View Slideshow 13 of 18 A police aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Glade Spring, Va. Virginia State Police / AP View Slideshow 14 of 18 An American flag flies atop a destroyed pickup truck outside the remains of the town hall in Smithville, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis / AP View Slideshow 15 of 18 Destroyed homes in the Cedar Crest neighborhood of Tuscaloosa are surrounded by debris. Jessica McGowan / Getty Images View Slideshow 16 of 18 Tiffany Wood carries clothes from her home, a day after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, Ala. Butch Dill / AP View Slideshow 17 of 18 Destroyed cars line the streets of Pleasant Grove. Greg Bluestein / AP View Slideshow 18 of 18 Concrete steps lead to the footprint of a mobile home that was ripped away by a tornado in Preston, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis / AP Originally published on May 23, 2012 11:56 am Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.