Tornadoes In Alabama Today
April 28, 2011 by USA Post
Tornadoes In Alabama Today, A vicious series of tornadoes and severe storms lashed the south on Wednesday, killing at least 77 people in the region and leaving behind a trail of spikes.
At least 61 people died in Alabama alone. At least 16 more died in neighboring states – 11 in Mississippi, four in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said 15 died in his city, home to the main campus of the University of Alabama. He said the areas of Tuscaloosa were destroyed and decimated its infrastructure. An additional 11 people died in Jefferson County near Birmingham.
A tornado battered the campus in Tuscaloosa, severely damaging nearby buildings. The university became a center for students in an emergency shelter for displaced students off-campus housing, and at least 100 people were treated in the emergency room of a hospital.
The university canceled classes for today and suspended normal operations on campus. TV news video showed houses destroyed in the city.
“The city suffered extensive damage from a tornado that cut a destructive path deep into the heart of the city,” said Maddox.
President Obama said he spoke with the governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley and approved its request for emergency federal assistance, including search and rescue assets.
The storms were triggered by volatile weather systems moving across South East Coast, where forecasters said more storms could be expected today.
Tornados, thunderstorms and tornadoes were observed serious suspicion from Texas to Georgia, as they moved eastward.
Lead Weather Channel meteorologist Tom Moore said he was having trouble keeping up with all the reports of tornadoes.
“They’re all over the place now. Too numerous to count,” said Moore.
The storms followed a wave of deadly storms and tornadoes that this week had killed 10 people in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Moore said the intensity of storms this week, and complex weather patterns that created them, were unusual even in areas accustomed to tornadoes in the spring. “They are very powerful, even for this time of year,” he said.
Parts of the South this week battered should be calmer weather, drier in the coming days as the storms to the east to the Atlantic and southern coasts.
“Everything will be on the East Coast” today, said Moore.
Among those killed on Wednesday was a police officer in Louisiana who was camping in Choctaw, Mississippi, when a tree fell on his tent. He was using his body to protect her daughter 9 years old, which was unhurt, said Kim Korthuis, a supervisor with the National Park Service.
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