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.
During the early morning hours of April 28, 2011, five tornadoes ripped across the Shenandoah Valley. This summary looks at the strongest, an EF2, that snaked along a 37.6 mile path across Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. It caused heavy damage near Basye and injured two people.
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 early AM twisters of April 27, 2011 are sometimes called “the forgotten tornadoes.” The events of that morning are often overshadowed by the devastating twisters later in the day. This summary looks at one of those intense AM tornadoes near Coaling, AL.
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.