Five Months Ago At This Hour

| September 27, 2011 @ 5:02 pm | 11 Replies

A violent tornado was moving through Tuscaloosa, where 51 would die. A total of 63 tornadoes touched down statewide killing 247. A day we won’t soon forget.


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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. artie odom says:

    I often go back and watch all the footage on youtube , and I am still amazed how violent that day was ,you all did a great job , on a historic tragic day ….

  2. John gunter says:

    Would it be possible to see more of this video
    Of the coverage as it continued from this 15 minutes
    I live in northport and we lost our cable and could not
    See it.

  3. TBD in Pelham says:

    I watched this as it approached the UA campus–my daughter was there on the ground floor of her dorm (across from Coleman). I still have the text messages from her before and after the tornado passed. They are very moving. Phones would not work-but we were able to text one another. She had her laptop with her and watched your coverage live. This was one of the most sickening days of my life–watching that monster approach my daughter and all of her friends. Lots of panic set in with her upon nightfall in a pitch dark dorm building that was no longer secure. Strangers (families) were taking up residency in the hallways of her dorm building–not sure why–maybe they had just lost their homes or had lots of damage–who knows. With the power out, the once secured doors that you had to ‘buzz’ yourself in were wide open-as well as the staircases to the entire building (no power meant no elevators). It took her 3 hours to get home the next morning from Tuscaloosa to Pelham–the roads were covered with debris and the traffic lights were out/down. Traffic was horrific as you could imagine. Her Dad and I went back with her 2 days later to retrieve her belongings. I will never forget that day either. I could not believe the destruction. I just closed my eyes as my husband drove us down McFarland to head back home. It was more than I could stand to see. You guys did an AWESOME job that day with your coverage. You really, really did.

  4. Dan says:

    I too have watched these videos again on Youtube since April 27th, and I still get chills when I see them.
    It makes me all the more certain that we in Northern Al are lucky to have James Spann to rely on in times like that. God bless him and the ABC 33/40 team for their service.

  5. Julie says:

    Bless the familes that are still affected by this every day.

  6. Kim says:

    We were out of town that day, in Mobile. We knew the forecast, so we found 33/40’s weather coverage on the internet to check on the weather. We were shocked – at that point, it was about 5 minutes into the video shown here. I remember us huddled around the laptop to see what would happen next, wondering if it would hit our house. I am grateful that it didn’t, but it did come frightfully close. Thanks, James and crew, for the excellent coverage. We knew we would find good information from you, even when we were out of town.

  7. rpoe says:

    We had a brush with the “Sumiton/Dora/BlountCo” tornado that was in progress while the T-Town tornado was in progress – it crossed Rice Town Road, which is just off I65 at the Empire/Blount Springs exit (289)- I live at the end, on the Mulberry River and it passed within 1/8th of a mile from our house. I have no video of the actual tornado because it was rain-wrapped – but I DO have about 20 seconds of video with the “freight train” sound that I recorded. Never heard that sound before and “our” tornado was only an EF0, I think, so I can’t imagine what an EF3/4 would sound like. I DO know that the sound on the video i took is VERY impressive AND terrifying and again, it’s just an EF0! Wish I was computer literate enough to upload the video from my camera… I kept quiet through the entire shot so all that can be heard is the tornado “eating” our neighbors’ property…

  8. Ohatchee says:

    I am so thankful for James Spann and the weather team! Thank you so much for what you do. I couldnt have gotten through that day with out you.

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