On August 28, 1884, a deadly localized tornado outbreak would unfold across portions of eastern South Dakota. One of these twisters would become the second earliest photographed in history. There are sharp discrepancies over which tornado that day was photographed, and there is no detailed summary of the event in its entirety. In this article, I attempt to solve both of these longstanding unknowns.
This was the third EF3+ tornado to strike Marion County, AL, in two hours on April 27, 2011. It caused major damage and injuries in the town of Haleyville and surrounding areas.
One of the most meteorologically infamous tornadoes on April 27, 2011, was an EF5 that tracked through four Mississippi counties. While not producing the amount of damage and loss of life the other EF5s of that day did, it caused the most extreme ground scouring ever documented.
The second tornado produced by the Hackleburg supercell, this EF3 caused substantial damage in southern Tennessee near Huntland.
On April 27, 2011, an EF5 tornado marched through portions of Limestone and Madison Counties, AL. 13 died, 151 were injured, and damage costs amounted to roughly $1.2 billion. Here are the experiences of the communities affected.
Mount Hope-Langtown-Chalybeate Springs-Hillsboro (Lawrence and Morgan Counties) AL EF5 Tornado- April 27, 2011
A view of several destroyed homes and mobile homes in NW Mount Hope. Image created using USGS/Atlantic Group aerial imagery taken May 1, 2011.
Calendar Excerpt: A horrific EF5 tornado tore through Lawrence and Morgan Counties, AL, on April 27, 2011. Fourteen were killed, and at least 100 were injured across the communities of Mount Hope, Langtown, Chalybeate Springs, and Hillsboro. Here are the stories of the residents who dealt with this twister.
One of the most violent tornadoes in recorded human history tore through several communities in Mississippi and Alabama. Twenty-three were killed, and roughly 61 injured. The human impacts were horrific, and the damage inconceivable. There are two summaries detailing the event. One focuses on the Smithville, MS side. The second examines the portion in Alabama, which principally affected the communities of Shottsville and Hodges. Beyond connecting the two summaries, this overview page also features track maps and discrepancies.
This is the second portion of a two-part series on the Smithville-Hodges, MS-AL, EF5 tornado. Here, we focus on the Alabama portion of the track, including the communities of Shottsville and Hodges. Seven died, and many more were injured.
The northeastern corner of Alabama was one of the hardest-hit areas in the 2011 Super Outbreak, with four killer tornadoes striking within just 20 miles of each other. One of these was an extremely powerful EF5 that blasted through portions of Rainsville, Sylvania, Henagar, and Ider. It took 25 lives and injured roughly 200 more. The damage this tornado produced was incredible and the loss horrific. However, the stories of humanity that came out of this tragedy were even more amazing.
This was the first of many strong twisters in Mississippi on April 27th. It was unusually powerful for a Quasi Linear Convective System (QLCS) and caused significant damage in and around the tiny community of Blaine.