It took them two days to drive down, but a group of meteorology students from the Midwest are now volunteering their time in Hackleburg and Phil Campbell.
11 Iowa State University Meteorology students decided the night of April 27th, as soon as finals were over, they would jump into a truck and drive nearly 800 miles to help in the hardest hit areas of Alabama.
"I've never seen damage like this and I've been storm chasing quite a few times and I've never anything close to this," said student Tristan Morath.
Morath and the rest of the students arrived late Monday night. They all planned on spending the entire week in Marion and Franklin counties. That means assisting in the clean up efforts,
But they're also using the trip as a learning experience.
"All these other majors they have labs. Chemistry has their own labs and industrial engineering they have their own labs we don't get a lab we just have a professor teaching us.
looking around at all the people that are displaced around their homes they can't teach that in a classroom. You have to live it to believe it," adds Morath.
And the group believes even though they're missing out on the first few weeks of Summer back in the Midwest, coming down to help complete strangers was the right decision.