Apr 292011
 

This is the view of the Pleasant Grove, AL Tornado (April 27,2011) from my front porch. The super excited woman is the mother of a boy we babysit. Their home was completely destroyed by this tornado, but because they were at my house a mile away, they were OK. Had I know what I was videoing, I’m not sure I would have stayed out there. — corcoranp

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. – Updated 8:41amDozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 197 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 131 deaths, (I’m sure this number in AL is higher or will be) while there were 32 in Mississippi, 15 in Tennessee, 11 in Georgia and eight in Virginia.

“We were in the bathroom holding on to each other and holding on to dear life,” said Samantha Nail, who lives in a blue-collar subdivision in the Birmingham suburb of Pleasant Grove where the storm slammed heavy pickup trucks into ditches and obliterated tidy brick houses, leaving behind a mess of mattresses, electronics and children’s toys scattered across a grassy plain where dozens used to live. “If it wasn’t for our concrete walls, our home would be gone like the rest of them.”

The deaths mark the largest toll from tornado activity since 1947, reports Strassmann.

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Apr 292011
 

From My Fox AL…

Cullman releases official tornado disater information

The City of Cullman has been devastated, but we are staying organized daily and we will persevere through this disaster. Our focus is on recovery, restoration & rebuilding. We appreciate your patience, prayers, and continued efforts to move our community forward.

Cullman has been declared a National Disaster Area by the President, Governor, and the Mayor.

Read more…

Excellent Article from the Cullman Times 4/27:

Tornado hits downtown Cullman

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Apr 292011
 

~ Thanks to ABC 33/40 for all I will be posting. Thanks for showing my users JUST what happened in ALL of Alabama!

Brian Peters and I did something we never encourage anyone to do…we punched the core of the storm moving SE on I-22, racing the tornado that was moving NE toward Cordova. We made it south of the tornado track and filmed it. There were actually two tornadoes initially, the main one underneath the massive wall cloud, and a second one on the flanking line of the storm to the SW (indicative of the extreme shear we had yesterday). This tornado likely hit Cordova shortly after this film stops. — Dr. Tim Coleman

Cordova tornado damage, shot by Bill Castle of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham

Cordova tornadoes kill at least 4

CORDOVA, Alabama – The small Walker county city of Cordova was hit by two tornadoes Wednesday killing at least four people.

The first arrived at 5 a.m. downing trees and devastating the historic downtown. The second, a more powerful twister descended 12 hours later leveling an area just south of downtown. The town’s medical clinic had its roof lifted off. A coin laundry and diner were flattened as if a bomb had exploded. The storm ripped a roof off of the historic home of the town’s founder, it toppled a bell tower of a century old church, ripped a roof off the town’s only grocery, Piggly Wiggly; it flattened the town’s ballpark and sent hundreds of trees down on homes and power lines.

Generators, chainsaws and heavy equipment rumbled Thursday morning as emergency responders went house to house looking for more vistims and working to clear the roads.

Dean Harbison, Cordova’s fire chief said the fatalities have not been identified. Harbison said they found two bodies in the street in the wake of the storm and one in a ditch, another was found in a home. “This is the hardest we’ve ever been hit.”

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Apr 292011
 

After all the suffering of my state, who cares what Obama says? It’ all political theater IMHO! The hero in this story is Governor Bentley for his lightning speed response! I have been so angry about it being all Tuscaloosa & I am sorry!


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