The tornado in El Reno OK on May 31st is now ranked as an EF5. The width of tornado was 2.6 miles and the winds were measured at nearly 300 miles per hour. This tornado will go down in the history books as one of the strongest and widest on record! Storm chaser Nick Nolte captured some amazing video of this tornado which I thought should be shared.
On Christmas Day several tornadoes tore through the deep south. In Alabama several counties in south Alabama experienced damage from the tornadoes. The biggest tornado so far that is rated was in Mobile. The NWS has rated the tornado that moved through the city of Mobile as an EF-2 with estimate winds of 111-135mph based on preliminary damage surveys. Here is the radar image of the storm producing the tornado!
The tornado was caught on a tower cam from the Holiday Inn in Mobile. Here is footage from Fox 10 TV.
Here is footage from the Walgreens Pharmacy on Government Sreet at the loop in Mobile Alabama. The tornado struck the area and the footage shows the damage from both outside and inside of the business. The biggest question I have is why would customers be shopping on Christmas Day?
Here is a video shot from downtown Mobile showing the tornado along with the power flashes! Crazy stuff!
So far no one was seriously injured or killed. And that folks is a Christmas miracle!
The Tuscaloosa and Birmingham tornado was the most covered tornado across all media. This storm started in eastern Mississippi and a tornado touched town in Greene County. The tornado rapidly gained strength and went through Tuscaloosa.
In fact some of the best tornado videos I have ever seen occurred with this tornado. These people are very lucky to be alive. These videos show the power of a EF4 tornado.
This tornado then moved into Jefferson County and the Birmingham metro. The tornado grew to be a monster 1.5 miles wide. And it kept doing destructive damage all along its path.
This tornado died after it went through the Birmingham metro. But this same storm spawned another tornado that went through Shoal Creek and Ohatchee. 65 people died in this tornado and thousands more were injured. And the media coverage on this tornado lasted for weeks. This was one of the many tornadoes that made April 27th a day to remember for the rest of our lives.
Early Monday morning Alabama had a couple of strong tornadoes rip through the state. One tornado now rated an EF3 went thorough northern Tuscaloosa County and then went into Jefferson County and damaged places such as Oak Grove, Center Point, Clay, and Trussville before moving into St. Clair County. Another strong tornado started in Perry County and moved into Chilton County and damaged the city of Maplesvile and the area of Clanton. The surveys by the National Weather Service are still being conducted and we won’t know the full damage for a few more days. This state was still recovering from the April 27th tornado outbreak when we were struck again in the early morning hours of January 23rd. The warning times were excellent from the local meteorologists and most people heeded the warnings. But the damage pictures are just stunning. I stayed up all night long to cover the warnings and when the storms went through Jefferson County I knew there would be trouble.
Look at the image above closely. You can make out the tornado being shown by the lighting in the air.
Just look at the rotation on the radar screen above. I knew by looking at that there was a tornado on the ground. And just after the sun rose above the horizon the damage pictures started to come in.
The images were just hard to see. One tornado was so strong that is bent over a 300 ft. radio tower. During the day the overhead shots came in from helicopter.
If you want to see many more images of the tornado damage. I have provided some links below to see.