2011 tornado

The State of Alabama is remembering the Tornado outbreak that happened on this day four years ago.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates sat down with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox who describes the experience in just two words…

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A new book tells the story of the tornado that pummeled Tuscaloosa during the outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson of Birmingham has written "The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa."

The 240-page book was released Tuesday. It tells the story of the twister that killed more than 50 people in Tuscaloosa and how the University of Alabama football team tried to help the community heal.

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Alabama researchers are looking into which kinds of structures can best survive tornadoes.  Investigators went to Moore, Oklahoma and found that storm shelters survived when other buildings didn’t.  University of Alabama associate professor Andrew Graettinger was a lead author of the study.  He says they not only looked at the damage in Moore but also at the damage in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa.  And in Moore, they found most shelters survived the damage.

University of Alabama students are on spring break this week.  But they’re not all partying at the beach.  Some of them are using the break as an opportunity to do some good.  About 16 students are in Moore, Oklahoma to lend a hand to the community as it struggles to rebuild from a massive tornado that struck in May, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.  UA Community Service Program Director Courtney Thomas says what happened in Oklahoma hit home for a lot of people here.

Tuscaloosa, AL – While 2011 will be memorable for many Alabamian's due to what happened on April 27th, it wasn't the only disaster that took place last year. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires you name it struck the United States last year cutting the available disaster funding pie into ever slimmer pieces. As Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports, finding the necessary funds to rebuild post disaster is a little harder than it used to be.

Alberta, AL – Today marks one year since the deadly tornadoes that tore across Alabama on April 27th of 2011. We've been revisiting some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the deadly outbreak including residents of the Tuscaloosa community of Alberta. One year later home owners and area businesses are still attempting to rebuild their community. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez revisits Alberta a year after the historic tornado outbreak to find out how this community is making its way back.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Today marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. Many storm victims have rebuilt their homes and businesses. But, for some Alabamians, the emotional impact of the storms happens over and over again every day. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on how survivors continue to cope one year later.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Today marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. Many storm victims have rebuilt their homes and businesses. But, for some Alabamians, the emotional impact of the storms happens over and over again every day. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on how survivors continue to cope one year later.

Tuscaloosa, AL – This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. All week long on Alabama Pubic Radio, we'll revisit some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the storm, and look at some of the challenges ahead. That includes Steve Miller, who lost his home in Tuscaloosa's historic Hillcrest district. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin spoke with Miller as he continues to pick up the pieces and rebuild his home and his life.

Tuscaloosa, AL – This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. All week long on Alabama Pubic Radio, we'll revisit some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the storm, and look at some of the challenges ahead. That includes Steve Miller, who lost his home in Tuscaloosa's historic Hillcrest district. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin spoke with Miller as he continues to pick up the pieces and rebuild his home and his life.

Northport, AL – All week long Alabama Public Radio has been looking back at the aftermath of the April 27th tornadoes that hit one year ago this Friday. The effects of violent weather are usually obvious, with damage to structures and even the very landscape. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, last year's tornadoes may have left a problem that can cause danger long after the winds died down

Phil Campbell, AL – All week on Alabama Public Radio, we're revisiting some of the people we spoke to in the days following the April 27th tornadoes and look at some of challenges ahead. Tuscaloosa wasn't the only city to suffer damage from the storms. The town of Phil Campbell was hit hard as well. A-P-R's Stan Ingold has been to Phil Campbell twice before following last April's tornadoes and he just finished a third trip to check on the little town with two names

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through Alabama, killing over two hundred people and disrupting the lives of thousands of families. All week long on Alabama Public Radio, we'll revisit many of the people and places you heard from in the hours and days following the storm. APR news director Pat Duggins has this preview...

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through Alabama, killing over two hundred people and disrupting the lives of thousands of families. All week long on Alabama Public Radio, we'll revisit many of the people and places you heard from in the hours and days following the storm. APR news director Pat Duggins has this preview...