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A moment of silence…

27 Apr

April 27, 2011 is a day that I will never forget.

“An extremely large and violent tornado outbreak (the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded) occurred from April 25 to 28, 2011. The outbreak affected the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States, leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake, especially across the state of Alabama. It produced destructive tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia, and affected many other areas throughout the Southern and Eastern United States. In total, 358 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in 21 states from Texas to New York and even isolated tornadoes in Canada. Widespread and destructive tornadoes occurred on each day of the outbreak, with April 27 being among the most prolific and destructive tornado days in United States history with a record 208 tornadoes touching down that day. Four of the tornadoes were destructive enough to be rated EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is the highest ranking possible; typically these tornadoes are only recorded about once each year or less.” Source: Wikipedia

Most people credit the Midwest for having the most severe tornadic weather, but the April EF-5 tornadoes pushed Alabama to the top of the list for most EF-5s in the U.S. since 1950 (eight total). Alabama had been tied with Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Facts & figures:

  • Alabama has an average of 37 tornadoes per year. This average is based on roughly 30 years of data (collected from 1981 thru 2010). In one month alone (April 2011) the state of Alabama had 109 tornadoes!
  • Only 1% of all tornadoes are classified as EF-5. This designation is the most severe & is reserved for tornadoes w/ wind speed of 200+ mph. Three EF-5 tornadoes struck the state of Alabama in one day. This deadly trio tied the most EF-5s in one state on one day.
  • This storm produced 2 out of 3 of the longest tornado paths in the history of the state. The Hackleburg EF-5 had a 132-mile path; the Cordova EF-4’s path was 129 miles long. That distance is comparable to the distance between Tuskegee & Atlanta.
  • 247 people died in 19 of Alabama’s 67 counties
  • $3 billion of Alabama’s 2011 insured losses can be attributed to this particular storm, meaning that this storm was not only one of the deadliest, but also the costliest.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words…

Yeah, it’s deeper than rap. My heart goes out to all the families who suffered loss.

Sources: Wikipedia.com, al.com, The National Weather Service of Birmingham

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