Remembering the April 27th Tornado Outbreak - 2 Years Later
NOAA Weather Radio Programming Event Saturday

This Saturday marks the two-year mark since that fateful date of April 27th, 2011.  The folks of Central Alabama are recovering and rebuilding.  Businesses in tornado stricken communities are coming back.  This is all good news, but we can't forget what we went through and we need to start preparing now for the next one.  This starts with being prepared and being aware and you can do that by investing in a NOAA Weather Radio.  Saturday, the National Weather Service and CBS 42 in Birmingham will be at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, AL programming weather radios.  Come out to Bass Pro, buy a radio and get it programmed by a National Weather Service meteorologist or one of your favorite CBS 42 weather personalities.  Here are directions to Bass Pro in Leeds, AL.

 
The second part of not forgetting is remembering what we went through.  To tell the story of April 27th, 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. Loop of Morning of April 27th, 2011 
 
Storm Reports from April 27th The second wave, which began with the Hackleburg EF-5 tornado, involved numerous supercell thunderstorms which produced deadly long-lived, strong to violent tornadoes across the northern two-thirds of Central Alabama. Widespread and catastrophic damage was sustained in several locations.  In all on April 27th, central Alabama saw 29 tornadoes, including 4 EF-4s and the EF-5 in Hackleburg.
 

Hackleburg Tornado Damage
Damage Path through Hackleburg, AL

Devastation near Shoal Creek
Devastation near Neely Henry Lake in St. Clair County


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