From Bill Castle

| April 28, 2011 @ 8:33 am | 4 Replies

My long time associate and ABC 33/40 Chief Photographer Bill Castle just landed from flying the track of the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham tornado. He has seen it all over the years, and just told me this looked much worse that the April 8, 1998 EF-5 along the path. The tornado never lifted along the path he flew from Tuscaloosa to Fultondale. Site built homes totally off the foundation, massive timber damage in East Tuscaloosa County. No doubt in his mind this will be rather EF-4 or EF-5. And, remember, the track actually started in Mississippi and continued into Georgia after causing more severe damage in Northeast Alabama near Piedmont.

We will have the chopper video on the web shortly.


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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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  1. Jason in Helena says:

    If the survey team finds this was indeed a single unbroken track from Mississippi to east of Gadsden and beyond, are we talking about a new US record for longest track tornado? Do we know where the tornado finally lifted? The longest I recall was the Tri-State tornado of 1925 at over 219 miles.

  2. Lars Carlson says:

    If anyone knows anything about how much damage, may have occured, in New Market, Al. I sure would be grateful, to be advised. I have family, down there, and have been trying not only their #’s, but even the government, including the Police and Fire, authorities, and ALL the bloody #’s — Seem to be Out. Thank You, and be safe.

  3. Will the aerial footage go up soon?

  4. ralph sampson says:

    Can Bill describe the route taken in the video? I can’t identify any landmarks. Thanks.

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