Hazards and Threats

2011 Tornadoes

December 9 -- USDA designated six counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred April 1-30, 2011.

On November 16, several supercells affected central Alabama. Preliminary reports from NWS included tornado and wind reports.

April Tornadoes

April 27 summaries

Preliminary summary for North Alabama National Weather Service Forecast Office, Huntsville

Event summary for Central Alabama National Weather Service Forecast Office, Birmingham

October 3 Fatality Update

September 29 Joint Alabama - FEMA Situation Report.

FEMA Updates

Long Term Community Recovery To help these communities recover, Gov. Robert Bentley signed Executive Order No. 18 on June 13 which named the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to be the coordinating agency under the direction of the Governor’s Office for long term recovery efforts.

Tornado Recovery Action Council, established in August by Governor Bentley, is charged to develop a report that will document what happened and make strategic recommendations for the future.

Alabama EMA: 43 counties are federally declared eligible for individual assistance: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Winston. (See NOAA for tornado information)

On April 15, 29 tornadoes were confirmed in central Alabama. Four people died: three in Autauga County and one in Marengo County. But this was just a foretaste of things to come. On April 27, damaging straight line winds and 62 confirmed tornadoes wreaked havoc across Alabama. The National Weather Service has confirmed 6 EF-3, 8 EF-4, and 2 EF-5 tornadoes. Of the 318 deaths due to the severe weather across eastern United States April 25-28, 248 people in Alabama died.

 

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