Those days mark what has become known as the Super Outbreak of 1974.
On April 3rd and 4th 1974, 148 tornadoes struck 13 U.S. states killing 318 people and injuring 5,484. Sixteen tornadoes were on the ground simultaneously during 18 hours of continuous tornado activity.
In Alabama 86 persons were killed, 949 were injured, and damages exceeded $50 million.
On the night of April 3rd in Guin, Alabama, just 25 miles south of my hometown of Hamilton, 28 people were killed and about 250 were injured after an F5 tornado struck around 9 P.M. The Guin tornado was the longest duration F5 tornado recorded in the outbreak and considered to be one of the most violent ever recorded. I grew up hearing stories about what happened on April 3, 1974. Click the video below to hear first-hand accounts from those who survived that terrible night in Guin, Alabama.