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Disaster Strikes Alabama By Way Of A Massive Tornado

Updated on April 30, 2011
A Tuscaloosa resident going by Clay Hasenfuss on Twitter posted this dramatic video of the tornado dwarfing Bryant-Denny Stadium.
A Tuscaloosa resident going by Clay Hasenfuss on Twitter posted this dramatic video of the tornado dwarfing Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Resident is rescued from the rubbish while Pratt City's Library is only a memory behind the crowd.
Resident is rescued from the rubbish while Pratt City's Library is only a memory behind the crowd.
Photo of what used to be a home in pleasant grove.
Photo of what used to be a home in pleasant grove.
Pratt City after the massive tornado struck.
Pratt City after the massive tornado struck.

A Mile Long Tornado Strikes Several Cities In Alabama

On April 27, 201l,Alabama and many of it's residents were taking by storm literally; as a massive mile long Tornado reaked havoc preying upon anyone or anything in its path. According to ABC's 33/40's meteorologist James Spann, a massive tornado judged to be about a mile long struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama late yesterday evening, wiping out many historic landmarks and leaving the city, as the cities own Mayor Walt Maddox stated, "obliterated". Tuscaloosa resident are in dismay at the sites of the natural disaster. Residents were alarmed and instructed to take cover, as a result over 25 fatalities were reported at the time from Tuscaloosa.

Shortly after the tornado preyed upon Tuscaloosa, it made it's way down the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. At first sight, the massive Tornado was spotted still approxiamately a mile in length, but steadily gaining momentum what had been reported as a eft 3 had now grown into a eft 5 tornado. Fox 6 storm chaser's and meterologist urged residents to take cover. By now they were reported a speed of 55 mph and a total of three rotating tornado's. It about a ten minute time frame this storm continued to gain speed; meterologist reported speeds of up to 200 mph, this tornado destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and lives, literally. To date Alabama is reporting over 280 deaths and counting, as a result of this tornado. Communities such as ,Green Leaf Heights, Pleasant Grove, Pratt City, and South Hampton are closed to being merely memories. Oddly enough some communities went untouched, while other's were left distitute; many residents are without shelter. food, and clothes. To date over 250,000
Birmingham residents are without power. For Disaster relief info dial 211. I urge everyone to lend a hand in helping. I am absolutely taken by this unfortunate mishap in the wake of this natural disaster. For more info about where to donate items please contact the Redcross of Alabama. There many services needed and I will be posted more information as it relates to this subject matter. Please feel free to leave any info obtained related to this matter and any questions or comments.

How To Help Tornado Victims 2011 updated

The State of Alabama has an emergency relief fund accepting cash donations to help victims of Wednesday's tornadoes. Call "211" for information. Alabama:
• In Calhoun County, the Volunteer Reception Center opened at 7:30am Thursday at the Ohatchee Police Department, 7801 Alabama Highway 77, to begin taking volunteers. Both spontaneous volunteers as well as pre-registered Citizen Corps Volunteers are welcomed at the Volunteer Reception Center.
• In Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County Spontaneous Volunteer Management Team will host the Volunteer Reception Center at St. Mathias Episcopal Church at 2310 Skyland Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa across from WalMart, on Friday April 29th and Saturday, April 30th from 9am until dark. All individuals wishing to volunteer should report to St. Mathias Episcopal Church for instructions on where to volunteer and what volunteer needs are available. The contact is Rusty Smith with the United Way of West AL at 205-345-6640
• In Norwood, the Norwood Resource Center will host a community cleanup on Saturday 4/30/11 from 9:30am until 12pm. They ask volunteers to bring gloves and breakfast will be served to the volunteers at 9:30am
• You may contact Hand on Birmingham ( to discover immediate ways to volunteer your time and energy with a number of groups
• If you call 211, United Way of Central AL will match volunteers with needs. The Birmingham Baptist Association is sending people out all weekend.
• The Birmingham Baptist Association is sending people out. Simply call 205-599-3245 and give them your cell number. They will put you on a list and call you if/when they have an assignment for you
• The Fultondale Police Department is asking volunteers to go to the Fultondale Police Department.The Metro Bham Branch NAACP is recruiting volunteers for long term relief and assistance. Presently volunteers are needed at Scott Elementary School, Cherry Avenue and 78 hwy starting at 7:30am each day in partnering with the office of AL State Rep. Juandalynn Givan. Volunteers are asked to travel Hwy 78 to avoid debris and cleanup, rescue and recovery efforts.
• In East Lake, volunteers will meet at East Lake United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 30th from 7:30 until 5pm. Worker will assist with storm damage and trees down on houses, cars, and across the streets

• In Flinstone, a volunteer command center has been set up at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church on East Nick-A-Jack Road. Volunteers are welcome to show up at the church and will be coordinated into teams from there to help clean up debris and assist their neighbors.

• State officials are asking church groups or individuals to register before heading out to help in the damaged areas. Those wishing to help can do so by calling the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service at 1-888-353-1793 and then wait until contacted. Those who want to make donations and/or volunteer can also visit MEMA’s website
• The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is also helping those affected by the tornadoes by though an effort dubbed “Volunteer City”, located in the parking lot of the former Yazoo Motors Building at the intersection of Hwy 49 to provide a single resource center for residents and communities surrounding Yazoo City. Additionally MCVS is coordinating the deployment of volunteers who are able to assist with debris clean up and tree removal. A second volunteer coordination center opened Wednesday at the Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 14.

The northeast Mississippi chapter of the Red Cross is asking for volunteers. Please reach out to your local Red Cross Chapter: Tupelo: 662-842-6101; Starkville 662-323-4621; Columbus 662-328-5710. Training is available. Anyone with the time can be trained to assess damage, drive the mobile feeding trucks, facilitate client casework, answer phones, etc

You can also visit

You can also contact State Rep Miranda Joseph
Miranda K. Joseph, MBA, CIA
PO Box 380454
Birmingham, AL 35238

The Midwest Food Bank is currently looking for people who want to help. You can contact the Midwest Food Bank at (317) 786-8980. You can also donate to the Salvation Army by going to and I will update this site as I gather more info on how to help storm or tornado victim.

Text To Help Tornado Victims In Alabama You can make donations to alabama tornado victims by texting REDCROSS to 0999, be sure to make alabama storm victims your charity or else it all go into one pot.

Geraldine Winchester surveys the damage to her Smithfield Estates home in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, April 28, 2011, which was her 70th birthday. The roof collapsed on Winchester and her husband on Wednesday night, April 27, 2011, and she escaped
Geraldine Winchester surveys the damage to her Smithfield Estates home in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, April 28, 2011, which was her 70th birthday. The roof collapsed on Winchester and her husband on Wednesday night, April 27, 2011, and she escaped


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      THAT Mary Ann 

      7 years ago

      Such important insights..and now the Mississippi floods...God help us all. Thanks for raising our awareness...You GO girl!

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      @world traveler your welcome, thanks for viewing an commenting on my blog

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      7 years ago from USA

      The only reason I can think of living in known storm zones like this is the low cost of real estate. Thank you for an informative story. I am sad for those people and hope they get the help they need. Thanks for taking the time to write about this. I also read your story on 10 Things. That is very useful information about how to help a relationship grow. Thanks again.


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