PRELIMINARY TUSCALOOSA/BIRMINGHAM TORNADO TRACK

Thanks to my friends over at the Alabama Weather Blog for alerting me to the info. Kind of amazing to read about how that supercell was active for 7 hours a dissipated right here in Macon County, North Carolina.

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PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: AT LEAST EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AT LEAST 165
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 65 FATALITIES. OVER 1000 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0297/-87.935 AT 443 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6311/-86.7436 AT 614 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): APPROXIMATELY 80.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1.5 MILES CROSSING I-65

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE BEGUN SURVEYING THE
MASSIVE DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LONG TRACK TORNADO…BY GROUND
AND AIR. THE START POINT IS BASED ON AERIAL SURVEY…WHILE THE END
LOCATION WAS DETERMINED BY A GROUND CREW. THUS FAR…DETAILED DAMAGE
INSPECTION HAS REVEALED A MAXIMUM OF EF-4 DAMAGE IN THE PLEASANT
GROVE. CASUALTY INFORMATION IS BASED ON THE LATEST OFFICIAL RELEASES
FROM THE ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY. THIS TORNADO WAS
PRODUCED BY A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM THAT BEGAN IN NEWTON COUNTY
MISSISSIPPI AT 254 PM CDT…FINALLY DISSIPATING IN MACON COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPROXIMATELY 1018 PM CDT. SO…THIS SUPERCELL
EXISTED FOR ABOUT 7 HOURS AND 24 MINUTES…TRAVELING APPROXIMATELY
380 MILES PRODUCING SEVERAL STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES ALONG THE
WAY. ADDITIONAL EVALUATION OF THE DAMAGE IN TUSCALOOSA AND JEFFERSON
COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TODAY TO DETERMINE IF THE RATING NEEDS TO BE
INCREASED. RESULTS WILL BE UPDATED WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

Here are some amazing photos from Meteorologist John Gumm in Cincinnati. His pilot friend was flying over Alabama at 41,000’ feet and took these pictures of the damage tracks in Green Co., AL

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  • The track that went through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, looks like the track you started picking up and following from Burke through Alexander counties in NC.

  • Oops just read where it fizzled out over Macon county…so I guess what you were seeing from 2am to 5am was another cell.

    Hope I never see something like this again, in my life time.

  • I have been shocked over the terrible tornadic outbreaks the Tusculosa Birmingham cell April 28th. I don’t know why this year is the worst in living memory for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.I only learned about the Raleigh tornado of April 16? I have been throughout the south and have been in Raleigh.Apart from Tusculosa I don’t remember hearing about the Raleigh tornado April 16th and were there more tornadoes in Raleigh April 28th? we have had a below now spring with lots of rain in Toronto and high winds up to 100 KM per hour April 28th as a result of this low pressure system which helped spawn these deadly tornadoes.Is there a siren warning system in your area?

  • im wondering how close this was to vanderbilt rd right of tallapoosa st exit i was at altec industries and i seen thee the side of this tornado i believe and the debris that was gettin sucked up

  • wxbrad

    Jason, I’ll have to check the aerial shots I just got to see the exact distance. I was amazed how far the debris was circulating from the actually tornado based on the video I’ve seen.

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