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.