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Homeowner Gary Limmroth sits and prays at the site Tuesday, April 27, 2012 where a University of Alabama student was found dead after a tornado swept through Tuscaloosa, Ala., a year ago. Limmroth owned the rental house where the student was visiting and he prays at the site daily for the 253 Alabamians that lost their lives

1 year later, Alabama residents recall deadly twisters

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Homeowner Gary Limmroth sits next to his Forest Lake home under construction in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, April 27, 2012 Limmroth decided to rebuild on the site where his home was destroyed a year ago when 62 tornadoes killed 253 people across the state.
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Some new construction is visible on debris filled Forest Lake in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in this photo taken Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Of the 3,228 people statewide who were still in temporary housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on April 1, more than one-third lived in Tuscaloosa County. Statistics show 1,135 homeowners there remain in temporary housing, or nearly twice as many as far more populous Jefferson County, where 672 people are receiving such aid. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said “Forty percent of the houses destroyed in Alabama were in Tuscaloosa County,” “Of those, 61 percent of the 5,362 houses that were destroyed were rentals, and the median income there was $28,000 a household.”
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Kevin Gloda, left, of Baton Rouge, La., Robert McCray of Tuscaloosa and Aaron Fleshner, right, of Spring, Texas, sit on a dock to reflect at Forest Lake in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, April 27, 2012. Fifty-three people were killed a year ago in Tuscaloosa and 253 people were killed when 62 tornadoes struck the state a year ago.

People across Alabama are remembering the horror of a deadly twister outbreak a year ago that left more than 250 people dead. Memorials have been held in the college town of Tuscaloosa and smaller communities still struggling to rebuild since April 27, 2011. Empty lots and debris still remain in many areas lain to waste after 62 tornadoes tore through the state.