The Historic Outbreak of April 27th One Year Later.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the most violent, tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. 208 tornadoes touched down, the most on record in a single day. 316 people died, the 5th most in a single day.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham Alabama looks back at the 2011 Tornado Outbreak. “To tell this story, one has to recognize that there were two distinct waves of widespread severe weather for Central Alabama. The first moved through during the early morning hours across northern portions of Central Alabama in the form of a Quasi-Linear Covective System (QLCS). This intense line of thunderstorms produced not only widespread damaging straight line winds in the areas of Moody, Pell City and Riverside, but numerous strong tornadoes.” http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=event_04272011
The Tuscaloosa News has created an interactive map where you can see panoramic views right after the tornado hit and 1 year later.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20120427/MULTIMEDIA/120419735?tc=cr# Here is what it looks like, but you’ll have to click and visit their website to click around and see the various images.
A study reported in the AP and shared by the Huffington post shows most Twister victims knew the storm was coming.
Here’s a blurb. ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year’s epic tornado outbreak in the U.S. state of Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more elsewhere in the South, federal researchers are completing a study of who died and where they were when it happened. Among the conclusions so far: Nearly half of the people who died had been advised to take shelter. Indeed, most of them did. But many of the tornadoes were so fierce that few structures were able to withstand them. Click the link to continue reading.