April 2011

The last week of April 2011 was the 2nd deadliest for tornado deaths in U.S. history according to Fox News (the deadliest was in 1925).  Several towns were destroyed.  Some were completely wiped out.

Here's a tornado map a friend sent me.  He got it from the U.S. Weather Service.  It pretty much tells the story.  As far as I can tell from the reports there were 211 tornadoes.  This is the most ever reported.  At least one of them was an F-5.  Over 1,700 people were injured.  More than 340 died.  I added the numbers in red to show the death toll by state.
                                             (scroll past the map below for more links)

Map of U.S. Tornadoes in the southeast April 27, 2011 

Here are some more links, some for photos, some for video of the storm damage:
Here is a VERY interesting enhanced photo from NASA:  CLICK HERE
Photos from Tuscaloosa Photographer Barry Fikes
(click the thumbnail for a larger pic): http://www.fikespix.com/storm/

 James Spann (best weatherman in the U.S.) live video.  You other
weather reporters take note how "the man" reports weather and saves lives
 in this 9 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Jyqy7qhsQ

These ABC 33/40 aerial videos have no sound except the news helicopter.
They were taken by cameraman Bill Castle and are nearly 9 minutes long each:
Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage Aerials Part 1
Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage Aerials Part 2
Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage Aerials Part 3
Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage Aerials Part 4
B'ham Metro Tornado Damage Aerials Part 1
Cullman Tornado Damage Aerials

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