The tornado as it was tearing apart a scrap yard on the western side of
The tornado as it was tearing apart a scrap yard on the western side of Interstate 359 in Tuscaloosa. Image taken by Mike Wilhelm and provided by James Spann.
This is an overview of the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado. There are few, if any twisters in modern history more infamous than this one. Cutting a gash through both the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham metro areas, it was the face of the 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak. The number of people affected was staggering, as was the toll; 72 direct and indirect fatalities, and at least 1,900 injured. Monetary costs were estimated at $2.4 billion. This overview is a free summary but the 10 part series covering the details of the event are accessible via our membership plan. Become a member here!