MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama residents are marking the anniversary of the April 27 tornado outbreak with prayerful ceremonies and tears.
Remembrances are planned across the state on Friday to recall the devastating storms that killed about 250 people and left thousands more without homes.
In Montgomery, Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders will attend a ceremony at the Capitol. Some businesses that were hit by twisters have picked the anniversary as a reopening date; churches are holding prayer services.
The city of Tuscaloosa is planning an observance at the University of Alabama's coliseum, but some residents say the pain is still too fresh to attend. And the rebuilding will continue in many communities that were hit by the twisters.
Statistics show at least 3,200 still lack permanent homes because of the tornadoes.