Alabama’s Deadliest Tornadoes – Rewritten

| April 29, 2011 @ 6:45 am | 125 Replies

Record books are being rewritten in the wake of the deadly tornado spree across Alabama on April 27th. This post is likely to change with time as details and confirmed information becomes available.

National Weather Service (NWS) tornado data goes back a long way, however, the most reliable data starts at 1950. Data prior to 1950 is not as complete as data collected since 1950.

Here is a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in Alabama since 1950.

1. Apr 27, 2011 Tusaloosa to Birmingham Tornado 64
2. Apr 27, 2011 Hackelburg-Phil Campbell Tornado 48
3. Apr 27, 2011 Dekalb County 32
3. Apr 8, 1998 Oak Grove 32
4. Apr 15, 1956 Jefferson County 25
5. Apr 3, 1974 Marion County 23
6. Mar 27, 1994 Goshen Tornado 22
6. Apr 4, 1977 Smithfield Tornado 22
7. Nov 15, 1989 Huntsville Tornado 21
8. Apr 3, 1974 Lawrence County 14
8. Apr 27, 2011 Cordova Tornado 14
8. Apr 27, 2011 Lawrence County 14
9. Apr 27, 2011 St. Clair County Tornado 13
10. Dec. 16, 2000 Tuscaloosa Tornado 11
10. Apr. 3, 1974 Limestone County Tornado 11

Remember, this is a work in progress which may require updating as additional information becomes available. All data comes from statistics compiled and maintained by the National Weather Service through Storm Data.

Note: Updated at 6:00 pm on April 29, 2011, with information provided by the Governor’s Office via the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

-Brian-

Photo of Cordova Tornado from future I-22 on Apr. 27, 2011 by Brian Peters

Category: Severe Weather

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Brian Peters is one of the television meteorologists at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

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