Welcome to a fact of life in Alabama. I live in the central part of the state but saw it on the news here. Here is one of our local stations report with more video: http://cfc.abc3340.com/videoondemand.cfm?id=57230
From what I've gathered it did the most damage in the 5-Points area of Huntsville but fortunately only a few people injured. The tornado hit around 5:00 yesterday afternoon so I imagine it was a long night last night if the power went out then. Tell your wife the weather was decent last night AFTER the storm, all day today & tonight so she won't have to worry about that affecting her sister. Hopefully the power folks up there will have sis back on the grid soon.