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.