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EF4 TORNADO TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA ON APRIL 27TH, 2011
The Tuscaloosa tornado was a result of a supercell thunderstorm that began around 2:54 p.m. in Newton County, Mississippi, and traveled approximately 380 miles, finally dissipating in Macon County, North Carolina. During its journey, the storm spawned several violent tornados, including the one that ravaged Tuscaloosa. Tornado warnings for central Alabama were in effect from 3:38 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As the tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, it had an EF2 rating, with winds of 125 mph. The storm strengthened as it crossed the Black Warrior River and roared into the city with winds of 170 mph, which earned it an EF4 rating.
Tornado's Damage to the Economy
Tornado’s actual cost: $2,450,000,000
Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $3,201,634,880
In all, 1,500 injuries and 65 deaths resulted from this EF4 tornado. The Tuscaloosa County emergency operations center was one of the first buildings destroyed, along with several restaurants and stores. An elementary school was reduced to mere portions of walls, and a shopping center ended up as a pile of rubble. Residential neighborhoods were damaged, with several homes completely leveled. In some instances, building debris was completely absent at these leveled sites — a result of the storm violently sweeping away the debris.