Remembering the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011

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Tornadoes, a sight all too common in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

In total Alabama had 62 confirmed tornadoes. The length of all the tornado tracks totaled over 1 thousand miles. Of the 62 tornadoes, there were 10 violent or EF 4 Plus tornadoes. That means winds of at least 165 miles per hour, which is greater than the category 5 hurricane threshold.

Tuscaloosa… One of the hardest hit experienced catastrophic damage. More than 250 people in the state of Alabama lost their lives… The Hackleburg/Phil Campbell was the strongest tornado. Winds were estimated to be at least 210 mph and it was responsible for 18 deaths alone.

Thankfully, there is no threat of an outbreak today, but it does provide a reminder of what mother nature is capable of at her worst. 

A full write up of all the tornadoes that touched down in Alabama on that day can be found here: April 27, 2011: A Day Alabama Will Never Forget

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