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.
It was Saturday morning, October 3, 1992. Many residents in Pinellas Park were quietly making their way through their Saturday chores or working on home projects. Retired couples were watching their favorite shows in their recliners or playing cards in the front rooms of their mobile homes. Little did they know that unexpected severe thunderstorms were about to erupt across their little corner of west-central Florida. Five tornadoes were produced in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area that morning. Two of the twisters caused fatalities. This summary details the strongest and most deadly tornado to occur on this day.
An EF1 tornado struck Uniontown, PA, on the evening of February 15, 2018. One person was injured, and 200-300 homes were damaged or destroyed along a 2.35-mile path.
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. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
One of the most devastating tornadoes to ever hit the state of Virginia was spawned by Hurricane Gracie on September 30, 1959. The twister tracked through a part of Albemarle County west of Charlottesville and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This summary provides a detailed analysis of discrepancies in the path and the number of tornadoes to hit this day. It also focuses on the tragedy near Ivy. In mere seconds, ten members of one family lost their lives.
This is the ninth and final summary documenting the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of April 27, 2011. After blasting through Pleasant Grove, more suburban communities of the Birmingham metro were in line along the swath of devastation. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
This is the eighth in a series of summaries documenting the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of April 27, 2011. A suburb of Birmingham, Pleasant Grove was bisected by a horrific gash of devastation that scraped neighborhood after neighborhood from the map. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
Tuscaloosa County was now left behind for Jefferson, and with it, a new metro area; Birmingham. This section covers the tornado’s approach to the city and entering the first outskirt community of Concord. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
The tornado may have finally exited the Tuscaloosa metro area for good, but it was not even close to finished. Still at peak size and strength, it weaved through rural Alabamian forest causing complete devastation to anything in its path. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
This is the fifth in a series of summaries documenting the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of April 27, 2011. Leaving behind a gash through the City of Tuscaloosa proper, the growing tornado now set its sights on the outskirt community of Holt. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!