The death toll is continuing to climb across the south. The Tuscaloosa tornado actually stayed on the ground for 63 miles. This is quite unfathomable. It was a MILE wide. Looking at the damage, I cannot see how this won't be rated at least an EF-4 and more likely, an EF-5 (the highest rating for a tornado).
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COMPARING THIS EVENT TO 1974:
This event from yesterday is also likely to go down in the record books as one of the most deadliest days in American history. The storms are being compared to the "super outbreak" of tornadoes April 3 and 4, 1974, Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator, said Thursday. In that period, 148 tornadoes were reported in 13 states, and 330 people died. States affected were Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This is the deadliest U.S. outbreak since that Super Outbreak of 1974
The AlabamaWX.com weather blog probably has the best coverage, including video.
207 dead in Alabama, plus 1700+ injuries
33 dead in Tennessee
32 dead in Mississippi
14 dead in Georgia
12 dead in Arkansas
5 dead in Virginia
1 dead in Kentucky
*List of North American tornado outbreaks*
...Public information statement...
...NWS Nashville storm survey crews will examine damage in several
Survey team 1 is enroute to Summertown in Lawrence County then
Collinwood in Wayne County today. The team will survey
Benton...Stewart and Dickson County damage on Friday.
Survey team 2 is enroute to Murfreesboro and Watertown today. The
team will also survey Bledsoe County in east tennesse later today
Survey team 3 will head to Fentress and Cumberland counties on
Here are their Preliminary Storm Summaries
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