Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1971)
The April 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama was so extensive and devastating that our long-term community recovery staff became engaged with the state and local communities from day one. It has become one of the largest deployments of ESF#14 since the program began in 2004.
April’s tornadoes reminded us the unthinkable can happen. The event cost too many lives, created about 10 million cubic yards of debris, and destroyed or damaged homes, schools and businesses across two-thirds of Alabama.
On April 27, 2011, from well before dawn to way past sunset, Alabama hosted a perfect set of weather conditions to produce a super tornado outbreak totaling 62 confirmed tornadoes. These storms ravaged the state in two waves and were responsible for the deaths of 247 residents, according to state officials.
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