- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A new book tells the story of the tornado that pummeled Tuscaloosa during the outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson of Birmingham has written “The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa.”

The 240-page book was released Tuesday. It tells the story of the twister that killed more than 50 people in Tuscaloosa and how the University of Alabama football team tried to help the community heal.

The book also details how the twister and its aftermath helped inspire the team to repeat as national champions and win its third national championship in four years.

Dozens of twisters tore through the state during the outbreak of severe weather, killing more than 250 people in all.

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