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EF4 Tuscaloosa & Birmingham, Alabama Tornado

Apr 27, 2011
The aerial footage of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado paints a pretty grim outcome of what happened to the home of the University Alabama Crimson Tide. Most likely, this tornado will be rated an EF4|EF5 in the coming days as the National Weather Service wraps up it assessment. The overall outbreak will be compared to the 1974 Super Outbreak that killed over 300 people.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had issued a rare High Risk for much of the state of Alabama. During the morning of April 27th, tornadoes had been occurring across Mississippi and parts of Northern Alabama. It wasn't until around 4:30 p.m. one particular supercell had formed southwest of Tuscaloosa that had meteorologists concerned. Reports of a violent wedge tornado was moving into the outskirts of the city of Tuscaloosa as news channel ABC 33/40 saw the tornado approaching on the sky cam. It appeared the tornado lifted briefly upon entering but then put down a large cone as it moved northeast causing destructive damage killing and injuring many.

Skycam Video:

    Tornado northwest of Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

The tornado moved northeast up through Birmingham ravaging the landscape killing more people. A debris ball was detected by the radar indicating the tornado was picking up large pieces of debris that was detectable by the radar.

The situation is still unfolding and the death toll continues to rise. I'll post more information to come during the next couple of days. God be with the deep south during this tragic time.

Supercell containing a debris ball southwest of Birmingham, AlabamaStrong Velocity CoupletDebris Ball detected by the radar near Birmingham, Alabama.

Tornado Video & Aerial View Damage:


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