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Tornado Damage in Tuscaloosa -Satellite Image

Posted by feww on May 5, 2011

Supercell thunderstorm lasting 7+ hours spawned deadly tornado in Tuscaloosa


Photo-like satellite image of the devastation trail left behind by the deadly tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. This image was taken by  ALI on NASA’s EO-1 5 days later on  May 2, 2011. Source: NASA-EO

The supercell storm formed in Newton County, Mississippi, at 2:54 pm (CDT), and dissipated over Macon County, NC, at 10:18 pm CDT. The tornado had a maximum width of 1.5 miles (2.4km) and a track of 80.3 miles (129.2 km), according to NOAA.

Lifespan of the deadly April 27 supercell storm


A montage of radar images showing progression of the supercell storm. Click image to enlarge.

Other Tornado Stats:

Death Toll:  65 [minimum]
Injuries: 1,000+
Damage: ~ $100million


NOTES: Stats updated by NOAA on May 4, 2011, 12:00 pm EDT. Tornadoes Surveyed by WFOs is the latest confirmed number of tornadoes surveyed by the National Weather Service. 

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