- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa is marking the fourth anniversary of the huge tornado that killed more than 50 people in the city.

Officials will gather Friday to open a new fire station that will replace one destroyed during the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

And the city marked work on its 100th Habitat for Humanity home on Thursday as Mayor Walt Maddox joined others to work on the new house. Many of the houses are in an area that was all but leveled by the storm.

Tuscaloosa was especially hard hit during the April 27 tornadoes, with a huge twister cutting a path of destruction nearly 6 miles long through the city.

In all, more than 250 people were killed as 62 confirmed tornadoes struck Alabama that day.

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