Overview of the Calumet-El Reno-Piedmont-Guthrie EF5 Tornado – May 24, 2011

One of the most powerful tornadoes in known history occurred during the May 24, 2011 outbreak. This extraordinarily violent twister took nine lives over a 65-mile path. Yet, even with all the accompanying tragedy, this was also a nearly unrivaled success story in terms of public preparedness. The many damage feats caused and the behavior of this event are both historic. In this summary, we cover every aspect of the maelstrom in as much detail as possible and bring light to the amazing stories that accompanied it.

Overview of the Ringgold-Apison-Cleveland, GA-TN, EF4 Tornado – April 27, 2011

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.

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.

Overview of the Smithville-Hodges, MS-AL EF5 Tornado of April 27, 2011

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.

Rainsville, AL – Rising Fawn, GA EF5 – April 27, 2011

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.

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