2011 Storm Reports

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – It was one year ago when tornadoes tore through Alabama, killing more than two hundred people. The Alabama Public Radio news team revisited many of the people and places you heard about in the hours and days following the storm. This includes Alberta, and Phil Campbell, which were both hard hit by the weather. APR also ventured to Greensburg, Kansas, which pioneered many of the "green" post-tornado rebuilding ideas Tuscaloosa may use in the future.

Greensburg, Kansas – All week long on Alabama Public Radio, the news department is revisiting the people we heard from in the hours and days following the April 27th tornadoes that struck the state a year ago. Last night, the Tuscaloosa city council approved rezoning in the areas hit hard by the storm. Pending a final vote, this will set the city's rebuilding plan into full motion. APR's Pat Duggins takes us to the small town in Kansas which helped pioneer the "green" rebuilding ideas that may take root here.

Tuscaloosa, AL – It has been six months since a devastating tornado made its way through Tuscaloosa killing 52 people and costing 100's of millions of dollars in destruction. Tuscaloosa is in the middle of rebuilding but it's not a quick or easy process. Mayor Walt Maddox sat down with Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez to discuss where the recovery efforts are six months later and what the future holds for Tuscaloosa.

Phil Campbell, Alabama – School is getting underway across Alabama. For most kids, it's a matter of registering and buying school supplies. However, in the Northwest Alabama town of Phil Campbell, it's a different story. Following April's tornadoes, there is no high school to return to. City leaders are playing "beat the clock" to find classroom space before the opening bell rings on Monday. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold returned to Phil Campbell and found a work still in progress

Birmingham, AL – April's tornadoes left a devastating mark on neighborhoods and businesses across Alabama. But for some residents, the storms took a toll on their mental health as well. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at a federal program that trains and deploys Alabamians as crisis counselors to assist storm survivors rebuild their lives.

Tuscaloosa, Al – The Alabama tornadoes that hit Alabama attracted reporters from radio, television and newspapers. Now, the story is being told from a different perspective. A group of high school journalists got the chance to come to Tuscaloosa, see the the storm's aftermath first hand, and write about it. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, it was an eye opener for everyone involved...

Tuscaloosa, AL – There's only a few days left for Alabama tornado survivors to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The deadline is June 27th. Tim Tyson of FEMA stopped by the APR studio to talk about the nuts and bolts of the application process. He says If you were impacted by the tornadoes, you should apply for help.

Birmingham, AL – When the April 27th storms swept through Alabama, there were basic needs to be met like food, water and shelter for tornado survivors. Things are slowly getting back to normal but, that doesn't mean every need has been met for those still picking up the pieces. The University of Alabama Birmingham hopes to step in to fill some of that void with a new loan program. In the process, business students are gaining valuable experience. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins reports on the economic "benefit" from the April tornadoes, and how some industries may be helped more than others. Alabama has an estimated four billion dollars worth of insured damage, and that could mean a lot of cash flowing into the State. Pat examines how natural disasters can help boost business in construction, but maybe not agriculture, including Alabama's poultry industry.

Tuscaloosa, AL – 238 Alabamians died in April's storms. Many more were injured. But, unlike other states in "tornado alley," Alabama doesn't have as many storm shelters and basements for people to take cover. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez takes a look at why that is, and how the recent storms will change that.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – An estimated one thousand Tuscaloosa residents gathered at Government Plaza for a candelight vigil to remember the people lost during the April 27th tornado. The event was more poignant, since the City officially raised the number of deaths from 41 to 43. Each name was read during the ceremony, which also praised volunteers and first responders. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins was there, and produced this "sound portrait."

Tuscaloosa, AL – Cities across Alabama are beginning to pick up the pieces to start and rebuild after April's tornados wiped out neighborhoods and left hundreds homeless. One of the hardest hit city's was Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama. Mayor Walt Maddox has already created a task force to head up reconstruction of the city, but many are concerned about the changes ahead. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at the concerns local residents have.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Nearly two weeks after storms ripped through the state of Alabama, many residents are still picking up the pieces. According to the state Department of Insurance, Alabamians have filed 65,000 insurance claims related to the April 27th outbreak of tornados and they expect a second wave this week. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on how residents can find and get help for their damaged property.

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Tuscaloosa, AL – After last week's tornados devastated dozens of neighborhoods across Alabama, health professionals scrambled to tend to the injured and prevent further illnesses from breaking out. The most pressing health issues in the state range from the blood supply for trauma victims to food and water safety. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at some of the short term health concerns in the wake of the disaster.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Recovery continues in one of the hardest hit parts of Alabama following last week's historic outbreak of tornadoes. In the city of Tuscaloosa, the neighborhood of Alberta seemed to catch the brunt of an EF 4 tornado. Area businesses are leveled and many people are without homes. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on the state of affairs in Alberta.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Many Alabama residents are recovering from the devastating tornado that swept through the state, including the hard hit city of Tuscaloosa. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Victoria Sheehan, a University of Alabama student who talks about her thoughts when she saw the remains of her home in Alberta.