Most Tornadoes ever in a single day! – 328 fatalitiesApril 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
<– Tornado moving left to right into Cullman, Alabama and severe weather reports from Weds. (click to enlarge). TORNADO EMERGENCY in Alabama, National Guard mobilized – 328 fatalities, 45 of those in Tuscaloosa, AL with approximately a thousand more injured (1,730 injured in Alabama alone and 990 in Tuscaloosa). This tornado may have been on the ground for 200 miles (the record is 219 miles back in 1925), with the parent supercell storm in a severe state for 300 miles. There were tornado fatalities in 7 states, with 34 fatalities in Tennessee, 35 in Mississippi and 238 in Alabama with 15 fatalities in Georgia, 5 in Virginia, 2 in Louisiana and one in Kentucky. This is the 4th highest death total from a single day of tornadoes in U.S. history. West of Birmingham - extreme damage. Spotters reported EF4 damage, deaths and injuries, people have been trapped in houses. Here’s coverage from Alabama. Some tornadoes were a mile wide. Another strong tornado crossed I-65. Here’s storm reports for the day…211 tornado reports! The record of 148 from 4/3/74 has been eclipsed, though I bet some of these will turn out to be multiple sightings of the same storm. A medical center was hit. Georgia tornado video. Mississippi tornado video. Cullman, AL video. Live tornado on a skycam! More video from Tuscaloosa. Radar with dramatic hook echo from the giant tornado. Debris ball on radar! Jerrod passes this along: John Oldshue, former ABC 33/40 meteorologist: “EF-4 or EF-5 in Tuscaloosa” and “Streets are unrecognizable and buildings are missing”. Buildings have been totally destroyed west of Birmingham. Debris from the Tuscaloosa tornado landed 140 miles ENE of Tuscaloosa! “Multiple fatalities in Pleasant Grove, AL and many missing”. Birmingham observation: KBHM 272312Z 17014G30KT 5SM TSRA FEW037CB BKN046 OVC070 24/21 A2956 RMK TORNADO B02 TORNADO N MOVING NE TORNADO E10 AO2 PK WND 12030/2309 OCNL LTGICCCCG ALQDS TS ALQDS. 375,000 customers were without power in Alabama! Some won’t get power back for a week or more. More tornado pictures here. More video of the Tuscaloosa tornado. Here’s 8 minutes of raw tornado video from Tuscaloosa. Video from near the Univ. of Alabama. Here’s Tornado Records. Here’s various Wikipedia articles. More pictures. Here’s video from Reed Timmer. Close view of Mississippi tornado. More video. and more.