Apr 272012

On that Day:

Argo-Shoal Creek-Ohatchee-Forney (Jefferson, St. Clair, Calhoun, Etowah and Cherokee Counties) EF-4 Tornado


Estimated Maximum Wind: 180 mph
Injuries/Fatalities: 81 Injuries / 22 Fatalities
Damage Path Length: 71.30 miles
Maximum Path Width: 1760 yards (1 mile)
Approximate Start Point/Time: 33.6792/-86.5699 at 628 pm
Approximate End Point/Time: 34.0664/-85.4190 at 745 pm

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage path from eastern Jefferson County northeast to Cherokee County. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a strong tornado, which was a regeneration of the Greene-Tuscaloosa-Jefferson County tornado. As it intially touched down, the tornado caused mostly tree damage with winds of 95 mph, an EF-1 rating, as it moved east. The tornado crossed Interstate 59 near Argo and moved into St. Clair County…

After moving out of Alabama, this storm was not done. It passed through 3 counties in Georgia, injuring 4 more people as it strengthened back into an EF-2 in Polk and Floyd Counties before weakening to an EF-1 in Bartow County. In all, the total path length was 97.33 miles.

JUST MUST Read the NOAA Report and to see the images

How one small fire department worked through Alabama’s worst tornado outbreak

SHOAL CREEK, Ala. — As fire chief of the Shoal Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Vernon White knows he may one day have to save someone’s life. The life he saved Wednesday was his own.

By the time Vernon White saw the tornado, it was too late. It was coming straight for him, and he had nowhere to go.

“I was just hoping I had enough truck power to outrun it,” the Shoal Creek fire chief said this week as he recalled the events of April 27 that left him thankful to be alive.

White, 68, had been out most of the day, cleaning up from a band of early-morning storms, when he got ready for another band expected to move through.

He and a neighbor were on the porch at his house, watching the storms, when they saw a tornado, still in the air, in neighboring Beaver Valley.

They went to the basement of his house, where his wife and other family and neighbors already had sought shelter.

Then he got a call from the fire department’s assistant chief, Carl Brownfield, telling him there was damage at the other end of Shoal Creek Road.

Read the rest of his story HERE

Kevin Moore Alabama Tornado Tribute

This song is a tribute to all tornado victims and families from April 27, 2011 in Alabama, particularly those from the Shoal Creek Community in Ashville, Al close to where I grew up. The song is “Draw Me Close” by Michael W. Smith and I recorded and mixed this arrangement on the saxophone.

Apr 272012

House GOP leaders to pursue plan to hold Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department in contempt for ‘stonewalling’ them over Fast and Furious information, as Holder claims they are cooperating with investigators.

Darrell Issa: Lawmakers give Holder deadline on Fast & Furious demands

Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious…

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa confirmed to Fox News that House Speaker John Boehner gave him and others on his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform the authority to drafted a contempt of Congress resolution.

“We have a few other options (but) to a great extent we’ve been stonewalled by the Justice Department,” said Issa, R-Calif.

The news of the document and the extended meeting in Boehner’s office was reported first by The Los Angeles Times.

“We have issued a subpoena,” Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a member of the oversight committee, said earlier on Fox News. “We have bent over backwards to be patient and take time. (Holder) is leading us down a path where we have no other choice.”

They have until Memorial Day to Comply:

The resolution, if approved by the GOP-led House, could force Holder to release thousands of pages of documents related to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ program.

Apr 272012

A generational event with 63 tornadoes, and a death toll of 252. Countless others were injured.

Between April 25 and 28, a historic tornado outbreak popularly known as the 2011 Super Outbreak took place across much of the Southern United States as well as parts of the Midwest and Northeast. With over 300 confirmed tornadoes and 322 tornadic fatalities, the outbreak ranks as one of the worst in United States history. More than three dozen tornadoes were confirmed each day of the event, with 46 on April 25, 55 on April 26, a record 206 in 24 hours on April 27 and 51 on April 28.

Over 200 tornadoes were reported during the SPC’s reporting day of 1200Z April 27 to 1200Z April 28.[47] 322 deaths were reported as a result of the outbreak, {{{with as many as 235 in Alabama alone.}}} The overall death toll also includes 33 deaths in Tennessee, 31 in Mississippi, 14 in Georgia, 5 in Arkansas, and 4 in Virginia, according to state officials.

On April 27, a large tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing 44 people.[46] The Tuscaloosa mayor called the damage “catastrophic.” The same tornado hit the northern suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, shortly thereafter, killing 20 more people. Television reporters in Birmingham, filming the tornado, reported that even from miles away, the funnel was so wide that they could not zoom their cameras out far enough to get the entire funnel into the frame at once.

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Tuscaloosa tornado face 2 face Can you see the face of the tornado?

RAW, terrifying firsthand video…

This is a view of the tornado that destroyed my city. Look how close it was!!! This video was uploaded from an Android phone. This may sound weird but…Can you see the face in the tornado?

Tornado in Tuscaloosa

A shot of the tornado that caused so much damage in Tuscaloosa from window in Rose Towers…

Tuscaloosa Tornado 4.27.11 — ORIGINAL AUDIO

Amazes me the risk people take to film. This was right on top of them! Shot from houndstooth condos on 15th street across from central high school by Burns Brown. You can hear the tornado roaring…

Tuscaloosa Tornado Documentary

Here is a short documentary we made about the devastating tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27th. Shot on-the-fly with a crew of 2, we were lucky enough to meet and interview some of the locals who were there when disaster struck. Thanks to Jace Everett for contributing original music. Additional music by Explosions in the Sky and Tim Hecker.

Faces of Tuscaloosa – Tornado Response – Samaritan’s Purse

Apr 20, 2012…

One year after a massive EF4 tornado swept through Tuscaloosa, AL, Samaritan’s Purse continues to assist the community in rebuilding and recovering from this terrible disaster.

Heroes At DCH Regional Medical Center

Hundreds and hundreds of people were treated at DCH the night of April 27 with no water or commercial power. The men and women who worked in the emergency department that night were heroes.

You can look in our weather category or type in keyword tornado to see/read dozens and dozens of reports from this day. If you want to see what happened in a specific town JUST keyword that town with tornado.

Apr 272012

Last night Occupy Unmasked Executive Producer and CU President David Bossie and Director Stephen K. Bannon were guests on Hannity with Sean Hannity to show exclusive clips from the upcoming film.

Occupy Unmasked, set to be released in June, is now available for pre-order here.

Apr 272012

Alabama Citizen,

We have another critical urgency on SB84 “Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts”. We are being fillibusterd by a few leftist, socialist senators. We need all the people we can get to call their senator and (a) tell him/her how vitally important this is to them to get passed, and (b) ask the senator to stay closely in touch with the floor action so that they may be present at an attempt to over-ride the fillibuster.

This bill does not interfere with anyone’s religion. It does prevent a foreign law, or legal doctrine, that conflicts with our Constitutional law is illegal.



Larry Clifton

Act! For America Bham Chapter

(Thanks to this Rainy Day Patriots member for keeping us informed!) Click image for Rainy Day Patriots…

Apr 272012

~ Ah, typical hypocrisy.

Over the past week the nation witnessed the spectacle of Wisconsin and Indiana Democrat lawmakers fleeing across state-lines into Illinois, Bonnie and Clyde-style, though in this case in hopes that their absence would stave off having to make tough decisions. Back home, their votes were needed to rescue their states from dire fiscal problems, and that is the case in states across the rest of the Midwest and the rest of the nation.

WE Remember what they did:

Police Search for Senate Democrats Who Skipped Vote to Curtail Union Rights in Wisconsin–They have bused in the ‘nationals’ of course.

Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol

But would they go BACK to Wisconsin?

Last Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke at lunch in Chicago. Of course it is no surprise a protest ensued. Spokesmen from the Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago Teachers Union and Occupy Chicago turned out for a short flash protest outside the Illinois Policy Institute to tell Scott Walker to go back to Wisconsin, despite data showing his policies have saved many jobs in Wisconsin.

~ If these jokers were not so pitiful, they would be hilarious…


Occupy Chicago protesters crash Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s speech at Chicago’s Union League Club.

Apr 272012

Introducing the NEW face of Conservatism… and new PolitiChicks, my friend Gina Loudon, Brittany Morgan and Sonnie Johnson with my girl Ann-Marie Murrell

Apr 272012

and then… Apr 26, 2011

Sitting on top of a powder keg…

ABC 33/40 Coverage of the April 27, 2011 Outbreak (2:45 to 3:00 pm)

Coverage of the largest tornado outbreak in recent history across the southeast. Abc 33/40 did an outstanding job warning civilians that day.

One Year Ago…

Alabama’s generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. Death toll was 252, so much suffering.

A Defining Day…

Pleasant Grove April 28, 2011 – James Spann:

I took this picture in Pleasant Grove April 28, 2011, as I was getting ready to a live report on ABC 33/40.

I have done my best to accommodate all of those that requested interviews in recent weeks as we approach the one year anniversary of Alabama’s generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. Bob Carlton’s piece in the Birmingham News was very well done, and accurate.

* TOO MANY PEOPLE DIED: To this night I still feel as if 252 members of my family died. Yes, I did know a few of the victims personally, but most were strangers. But, you see, we are all Alabamians, and around here is all for one, and one for all. I have been doing the weather on television here since 1978, and over the past 34 years I have learned to treat those that watch, read, or listen as family. I chose the Twitter tag “#WeAreAlabama” in the days following April 27 because all of those who lived in Alabama in the spring of 2011 will be bonded together permanently based on the common experience we shared.

I am “southern born, and southern bred”. This state is very special to me, and I still grieve for all 252 that perished. The high loss of life is very, very hard to accept. It happened on my watch. Those that died were moms and dads, little boys and little girls, college students, grandparents, and just good people. Across all socioeconomic lines.

* WE MUST GET BETTER: The professional weather community is working hard to make the warning process better. Very good dialogue is underway among all players in the weather enterprise, and I promise we will find out why the loss of life was so high despite excellent warnings and long lead times. I know I am not as good as I thought I was. I make the commitment now to help make the warnings better and more useful.

* LET’S NOT FORGET THOSE IN RURAL AREAS: There will be lots of attention on places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Cullman. But, we cannot forget we had 62 tornadoes in one day statewide. Places like Sawerville, Eoline, Shoal Creek, Sipsey, and Panola won’t get much media attention, but they were hit very hard too. A study released today by Engineering Analysis Inc. in Huntsville indicates that approximately 1.75% of the land area of the state of Alabama was disturbed by tornadoes during the year 2011. This fraction is the largest value for any state for the year noted, and appears to be the largest for any state for any year since 1950. So much of our state was dealt a blow.

* ALABAMIANS TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS: In the first few days following the April 27 tornado disaster, there was a shortage of help from FEMA and other government organizations simply because of the widespread nature of the event. I was so proud to see churches step in to organize disaster relief. Alabamians knew what to do, and they did it well in the days following April 27. We took care of our own people who were hurting so badly.

* LET’S CELEBRATE THE HEROES: I was kindly invited to many memorial services tomorrow across the state. I declined all of them; I believe we need to focus on the heroes of April 27, 2011. Those precious people who were at work in the emergency department of hospitals like DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Those who held the hand of a neighbor that was bleeding and in shock, telling them it was going to be “OK”. The first responders. Firemen; policemen; paramedics. Men, women, and children who showed superhuman strength to get debris off people that were literally being crushed to death. The ones who took the time to hug a crying child in the midst of the greatest fear of their life. The strangers who helped other strangers. These people need to be thanked in a big way.

* I WORK WITH SOME GREAT PEOPLE: Understand the people here, specially Allbritton Communications Company, gave me the freedom to break into new territory with severe weather coverage when I went to work for ABC 33/40 when the station signed on the air in 1996. All of the long form, aggressive severe weather coverage started here, and it was quite the gamble for our owners. Providing hours and hours of non-stop tornado coverage means no ads and loss of revenue. But, they understand if you do the right thing, it will be honored. The support I have here is unprecedented in my career, and I am thankful for that every day. I still love coming to work every single day.

* WATCH OUR SPECIAL: Our one hour special will run Friday from 6 until 7 p.m. It was my goal to celebrate the lives of those that died, recognize the survivors, and honor the heroes during this program. We will stream this show live, and I will post all of the video elements online over the weekend if you can’t watch. There are so many powerful stories to tell.

The true character of a man or woman is determined by how they respond when times become very hard. Once again our state proved our character to the world in the days after April 27. But let us remember we still have many that are still homeless. There is still debris to be cleared, and neighborhoods to be rebuilt. It is my prayer tonight that we won’t walk past anyone in need… we really don’t have the license to do that. Let’s keep the rebuilding momentum, and work now on preparing for the next tornado outbreak, using the lessons learned on April 27, 2011.

God Bless Alabama.

April 28 Weather Xtreme Video

We were getting ready for what turned out to be a generational tornado outbreak. ABC 33/40 will have a one hour special tomorrow from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m… please take the time to join us for a special look back at the day, and how our state responded.

We will never forget.

James Spann Visits Hackleburg

James Spann speaks to the student body at Hackleburg, a couple of weeks after much of the town was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado.

APRIL 27, 2011 in Pictures Several hundred images from our readers and viewers