Hackleburg,Alabama Tornado Footage 4/27/2011

A day that will be remembered forever.

April 27th 2011 will be remembered as one of the deadliest tornado days in Alabama history.

90% of Hackleburg,Alabama is gone.

Hackleburg was hit by a EF-5 tornado at approx 4.00pm on April 27th. 2011 and the devastation from that storm is unlike anything I have ever seen before.

In the state there were 160 twisters spotted & at the time of this Hub, 194 people have died as a result of this super outbreak of tornadoes.

I was watching the Cullman tornado on ABC 3340 via their SkyCam until the power went off at my home, at that time my sister in-law & her daughter came over to my home for protection from the storms and we all got in the center of my home and covered up with a mattress from the bed, I got up and walked to my front window and was watching the trees shaking and the wind started blowing directly at my home, we had a fern hanging on a hook on my porch and it got completely sideways with the leaves of the fern touching the window when I jumped into the interior hall with the others out of fear.

I think that was about a 80 mile an hour in-flow to the huge tornado that hit Hackleburg because I only live a few miles from there.

I am so thankful that my sister in-law and her daughter came to my house for shelter because when she went home her house was badly damaged, windows blown out,part of the roof gone and every tree down in her yard. They had to wait nearly 2 hours for workers to clear the road just so she could even get home.

The tornado touched down near the old Harper's Junction store on Hwy 43 and took out several homes,including Smoking Butts restaurant , at the end of Elgin Cochran rd.

The worst damage was in downtown Hackleburg where the school,dollar general,The Piggly Wiggly,Ray's Pharmacy,Dr. Morrows Office, The Panther Mart,the Wrangler Plant and several houses and Skyline apartments were destroyed.

It looks like someone took an atomic bomb and blew up Hackleburg, and my heart is hurting for everyone in the Hackleburg area.

I just moved away from Hackleburg just a year ago and have several friends there and a brother in-law.

If you know of anyone who needs help of any kind please let me know.

Thanks for reading and may God Bless us all.

Click Here for information on how to help the people in Hackleburg or any other town the outbreak affected.

Click Here for tips to stay safe during a tornado.


I am sad to say that I don't think Hackleburg will ever recover from that horrible storm, people are moving out of town because they can't get groceries withoutt having to drive 20 miles,there are no good paying jobs and it is like a dark cloud is hanging over Hackleburg.

I don't think they are gonna have a grocery store in town anymore because the Piggly Wiggly isn't rebuilding, I have been doing volunteer work playing ahows as a musician around once every couple of months to try and raise money because the Fire & Rescue needs equipment.

I wish more people would help Hackleburg & Phil Campbell, there are many good people who live there who are hurting.

If you don't do anything more please pray for the one's who we're affected by the storm,there are many people who are hurting and really need your prayers.


A F5 Tornado


I think Hackleburg didn't get enough Media coverage!

Do you think Hackleburg got enough coverage from TV etc. like the big towns Tuscaloosa & Birmingham got?

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Comments 17 comments

mswhatever 5 years ago

So sorry for the tragedy that has come upon this small town. I hope all is well now and that your town is rebuilding. Great Job once again on writing!

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miasartin 5 years ago

And thank you too manthy. take care and god bless!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for the blessing Mia - I will gladly accept it, I know you & your friends & family will recover, it will take time. It is a awesome thing when you help others, there is nothing that gives me a better feeling.

Thanks you for your kind words & May God bless you in everything you do.


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miasartin 5 years ago

bless ur heart manthy. i'm sorry to hear that. my husband is from smithville and we had family and friends all over. i ran across this hub from another friend. i am limited what i can do i'm so far with expecting but i can help deliver food and water to were i can. i will keep you and ur family in my prayers along with everyone. take care and god bless you!

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Hey Mia - I am very aware of the other towns that we're hit by the tornado outbreak, I had 2 family members killed in Moulton,Al & I wanted to say that they found a baby from Smithville Miss, yesterday in Hackleburg. I have published another hub that gives a ton of information on how you can help out any of the other towns in Alabama.

http://hubpages.com/politics/How-you-can-help-the-... and I also have a hub to stay safe in a tornado.


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miasartin 5 years ago

But i never thought in my lifetime would ever see such a disaster! and i will never forget something like this.. my thoughts and prayers are with all 7 states and all the cities who are suffering.. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

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miasartin 5 years ago

i understand tuscaloosa got hit bad too. but what about smithville, ms, cordova, cullman, phil campbell and other cities that were left with NOTHING? everyone who has helped i know the families do appreciate. but to make a long compaint short.. i have to agree with everyone who is upset and feels their town wasnt covered enough.. god bless everyone who hurts, who has lost, who went thru this tragity and god give us ALL strength to get thru this hard time! god bless the helpers, law enforcement.. GOD BLESS EVERYONE!

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syzygyastro 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

This is a tragic story too often repeated these days. Unfortunately, help is not swift in coming as demonstrated in Katrina, Haiti and the Gulf oil spill. It's more likely that most people there will be relocated to FEMA camps, making a bad situation worse. A disaster of this scale is something that takes too long to recover from.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

thanks Fluffy - I live about 2 miles from Hackleburg & I used to live in 2 different homes in Hackleburg that were destroyed. there is nothing left where the homes used to be and the city as a whole has lost 90% of the town.

That is why it is so dear to me - I had family & friends who died in this storm. It is truly a disaster which I have never seen anything like before. I have been in 2 hurricanes & several tornados but a EF-5 is the worse I have ever seen.

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

I truly believe that most people will look at this coverage you have here and be moved to there very core by it all. Thinking of there own loved one's, community, and home life. I know I thought of all these things, I have faith that our country will assist. and life will recover there for you all. Thanks for helping again to enlighten all of us out here, I know our small country town never gets the same news coverage as the surrounding City areas so this is needed still today. Great Hub, voted up.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks Jeremy - You are a good friend and I appreciate you.

Jeremy Foster 5 years ago

I was dissappointed at the coverage of the tornado outbreak on April 27th. I understand that there were several tornados, but with that said I still feel like some of the smaller communities could have used some more attention. I do have to say that the community response is heart moving and it really touches me to see every community coming together in this time of need. My family was fortunate and I have never been more scared for some of them. My heart and prayers go out to the families who have lost everything and even those who have passed away in this trajedy. you will never be forgotten and you will be missed. I am here for anyone needing to talk and I am always available for anyone in need just let me know ....with love and hope for the best

Frikkie Schoultz 5 years ago

thx for the info manthy

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA Author

Thanks for all the kind words - I pray that Hackleburg will rebuild and be a thriving community again!


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syzygyastro 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

We are the new media. Unfortunately, big media is not doing it's real job anymore; so it is left to us.

flamingoville 5 years ago

wow, I have family in Al, thy were hit, but mostly on outskirts and everyone ia safe. I am glad to see you writing, and your family is okay! Damage canbe repaired,things replaced, but not lives. I am so sorry you had to experience this, we went through hurricane hugo 22 yrs ago,.so I can relate. You have my thoughts and prayers!

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Who needs the media when we've got you? up/useful

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