On this day in 2011 a tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Ala. The tornado was part of a super outbreak that occurred from April 14-16. During that outbreak, the largest since 2008, 178 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The Tuscaloosa tornado was rated an EF 3. The tornado touched down at 3:14 PM in Greene County southwest of Tuscaloosa. Thirty minutes later it lifted just east of downtown Tuscaloosa. The tornado’s path of destruction was 18 miles long and 500 yards wide. There were no injuries or fatalities for this tornado but the entire two-day out break resulted in 43 deaths in five states, including 6 in Alabama. For just two weeks this outbreak would hold the record for the greatest number of tornadoes and fatalities during a tornado outbreak in the U.S. Below is a slide show of photos from the damage in Tuscaloosa just after the tornado moved through.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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