On April 27, 2011 I was in Tuscaloosa when an EF4 tornado struck killing 44 people. Rosedale Court apartments received a direct hit. I arrived there just a few minutes after the tornado and began documenting the devastation. Below is a gallery of the photos. The April 27th tornado was part of a larger outbreak that spawned 355 tornadoes in 21 states from April 25-28. In those three days 348 people died in six states, 238 in Alabama alone. In the weeks before April 27th two other outbreaks affected the mid-west and South. During the April 14-16 outbreak a tornado hit Tuscaloosa. Click here to view images from the April 15th tornado. From April 19-24 another outbreak struck the South and Midwest. Click here to view photos from that event.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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