On April 27, 2011, an EF-4 tornado damaged or destroyed nearly 10 percent of the city of Tuscaloosa. Tornadoes in Alabama that day killed more than 250 people. (WBRC photo)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
On April 27, 2011, one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in Alabama history left an unprecedented path of destruction through our state. Thousands of our citizens became heroes in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks after the storms, aiding the injured, searching for the missing, and clearing debris.
A moument placed in the city of Tuscaloosa a year after the storms describes the aftermath best:
"Called by circumstance, burdened by tragedy, yet inspired by a confident hope, the fury of Mother Nature was met by the best of humanity."
In the end, 62 tornadoes occurred in Alabama that day, killing more than 250 people.
The timeline below, created a week after the tornadoes, is our way of making sure we never forget our victims, our survivors, and our heroes.
Saturday, August 16 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-08-16 04:13:21 GMT
People in Polk County are calling 911 for help and are being told there's no one on duty to help. Deputies say that's because there's not enough funding in the budget to staff patrols overnight. More >
People in Polk County are calling 911 for help and are being told there's no one on duty to help. Deputies say that's because there's not enough funding in the budget to staff patrols overnight.More >
Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:59 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:59:14 GMT
Immigration officials said the teenager charged with running over two Forest Grove sisters who were playing in a pile of leaves was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Aug. 14. CMore >
Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros ran over two girls playing in a pile of leaves and didn't stop. Last week, a judge dismissed her case and she was released from ICE custody. More >
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >