This monster tornado was the final EF3+ of the 2011 Super Outbreak and one of the most extreme twisters in Georgia history. But, beyond the extraordinary damage, this is also a story about the remarkable people and communities who faced and surmounted a terrible disaster.
An extremely powerful tornado moved through the communities of Ringgold, Apison, and Cleveland during the evening of April 27, 2011. One of the most violent tornadoes to ever hit the area, this monster took the lives of 24 people and injured roughly 667. In order to fully tell the stories of the places affected and how they dealt with the disaster, the track has been divided into two summaries.
“It left in its wake a path of devastation like this town has never seen and a level of terror the hearts of our people have never known.” – Rick Norton, Cleveland Daily Banner. During the evening of April 27, 2011, a catastrophic twister tore through several communities across southeastern Tennessee. This is the second portion of a two-part series on the Ringgold-Apison-Cleveland, GA-TN, EF4 tornado.
“Ringgold is safe from tornadoes, people say, because of the White Oak Mountain Ridge.” – “Shatterproof” by Katrina Hoover. Tragically, during the evening of April 27, 2011, the mountains were no match for the destructive force of an EF4 tornado. This is the first portion of a two-part series on the Ringgold-Apison-Cleveland, GA-TN, EF4 tornado.
This was the predecessor to the infamous Smithville tornado. The areas damaged by this twister received very little attention, and no complete survey was made of the track by the National Weather Service (NWS). We dug deep into both the stories and the damage. What we found was astounding.