Deadly Tornado captured on camera in Kaiyuan, Liaoning Province, China

The Tornado killed six people and injured one hundred and ninety five people.

A deadly and violent Tornado has been captured on camera in Kaiyuan, Liaoning Province, China – watch in the video below.

At this time, all we know is that the video was sold to Ruptly. Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

Find more videos of the Tornado below.

More photos & videos coming soon! We’re just waiting for Facebook to sort itself out!

RELATED: Devastating tornado leaves hundreds injured in China 

A MUST READ! Storm chasing fatalities since the inception of chasing

Via a thread post on Stormtrack, Dan Robinson and Tim Vasquez have outlined storm chasing fatalities since the inception of storm chasing.

Graphic credit: Dan Robinson

The above bar graph graphic, produced by Robinson, illustrates all the storm chasing fatalities (which is fifteen) since the inception of storm chasing.

Robinson, with the help of Vasquez, wrote extensively about eight separate incidents which lead to the deaths of storm chasers’.

2nd April 1984: The first “in the field” chaser death, Christopher Phillips was a twenty-one year old OU meteorology student from New Jersey. Phillips died when he swerved to avoid a rabbit and his car rolled over into a ditch in Oklahoma.

11th July 2005: Norman, Oklahoma resident Jeff Wear was killed on Interstate 20 near Kilgore, Texas after he hydroplaned in heavy rain and struck a flatbed truck head-on. Wear was returning from a chase to intercept Hurricane Dennis.

6th June 2009:Fabian Guerra of Chicago was killed on Interstate 80 in Iowa when he swerved to avoid a deer, crossed the median and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer in the early morning hours of June 6th. Guerra was heading to Nebraska to meet up with two other chasers for a chase in the area later on that day.

4th February 2012: Andy Gabrielson was killed on Interstate 44 near Sapulpa, Oklahoma in a head-on collision with a drunk driver going the wrong way on the highway. Gabrielson was on his way home from a chase earlier on in Oklahoma.

31st May 2013: Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young were killed when the El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado overtook their vehicle. Richard Henderson, resident of Oklahoma, was killed by the Tornado when he went out near his home to observe the storm and take pictures. Something we didn’t know! A fifth fatality involving a likely chaser was uncovered by researchers studying the Tornado and its impacts.

12th July 2015: David and Mildred Frank were killed when a storm chaser ran a stop sign near the town and collided with their vehicle. We have to stipulate that the Franks were not chasers. The chaser survived with minor injuries and was later criminally charged, receiving a ninety-day suspended jail sentence and one year probation1.

28th March 2017: Corbin Jaeger, Kelley Williamson and Randall Yarnall died when the Yarnall/Williamson vehicle ran a stop sign near Spur, Texas and collided with Jaeger’s vehicle. This particular incident has been in the news recently, as Jaeger’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against The Weather Channel.

According to the thread post, Yarnall/Williamson were chasing and live streaming in “official capacity” for The Weather Channel at the time of the crash.

20th June 2019:Australian, world-renowned photography, Dale Sharpe died after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 2 near Harper, Kansas. You can read more about this accident here.

Thank you to Dan Robinson and Tim Vasquez for putting this together. We learnt a lot from it and we think others will as well. That’s why we’re writing about it! We recommend that you read the replies in the thread, it’s worth it.

FYA: There is another thread on Stormtrack which lists/memorialising all storm chasers who have passed on – read here. WE URGE YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT!

1: A subsequent civil suit by the family yielded a one hundred thousand dollar judgement. Fatal accidents have happened at the same intersection before, and residents had submitted previous complaints. The chaser despite being in the vicinity of severe storms and posting about them to his Facebook page prior to the accident, states he was not “actively” chasing at the time of the accident.

El Reno, OK Mayor says two dead after Tornado swept through the town

The above screen grab was captured from KHOU’s helicopter.

Update #3: It’s official. Last night’s El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado has been rated an EF-3 by the NWS.

Update #2: It has been reported that almost thirty people have been hurt because of the Tornado.

Update: The Norman NWS is continuing to survey the Tornado damage in El Reno, Oklahoma. They confirm the Tornado was at least an EF-2

Original Post: A “likely” Tornado has killed at least two people as it destroyed a roadside hotel, swept through a mobile park and caused significant damage in the area, officials have said. 

RELATED: Tornado touches down near the town of El Reno, OK: Damage, deaths and injuries reported

El Reno, Oklahoma mayor Matt White said during a press conference that “there have been two fatalities at this point,” adding that officials are working to let relatives know. 

White said search and rescue efforts are continuing – even when we’re writing this.   

National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Rick Smith told The Associated Press that the likely Tornado hit last night as a significant storm swept through the state. Survey crews are expected on scene to determine the severity of the damage to the town. 

The roadside hotel, American Budget Value Inn was destroyed by the Tornado. Photos that emerged shortly after the event showed emergency crews going through rubble after an element of the roadside hotel’s second story collapsed into a pie of debris – scattered about the first floor and parking area. 

Mobile homes at the Skyview Estates adjacent to the roadside hotel suffered significant damage, as was a part of a car dealership which is nearby. 

RELATED: Photos of last night’s El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado damage in daylight

During the press conference, the El Reno mayor said the town had “experienced traumatic event”. White said several people were transported to hospitals in Oklahoma City. 

We’re going to leave this post here, we highly recommend you read khou’s article on the Tornado which includes survivor stories – click here.  

Photos of last night’s El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado damage in daylight

The above featured photo was captured by Aaron Brilbeck. Daylight reveals the carnage caused by last night’s Tornado.

In the photos below, take a look at the damage caused by last night’s Tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma in daylight.

When more photos emerge, we will make sure to add them to the gallery above. Video of the damage can be seen below.


Tornado touches down near the town of El Reno, OK: Damage, deaths and injuries reported

Update #3: Via his Twitter account, KFOR’s Mike Morgan has posted what looks to be a Tornado path map – with quite a gut wrenching caption.

Update #2: KOCO is reporting that last night’s El Reno Tornado was estimated to be an EF-3 – which has the wind speeds of one hundred and thirty six to one hundred sixty five.

However, we will wait for the National Weather Service to determine that.

Update: KFOR is reported that two children from a trailer park in El Reno are missing after a Tornado did significant damage there.

Original Post:

Details are still emerging at this time. News 9 in Oklahoma is reporting deaths due to this Tornado – we will have more on that when it emerges.

Significant damage and possible injuries have been reported after a Tornado touched down south of El Reno, Oklahoma. 

One report suggests that a hotel was hit and leveled. That report suggests that victims are being pulled from the rubble – see above tweet.

Residents – via social media – have been sharing images of significant damage caused by the Tornado – see below. 

Photo credit: Samuel Roback

When more photos and videos emerges online, we will post them.


Large night-time Tornado captured on camera in Golden City, Missouri

Once video emerges, we will post it. With regret, we can confirm three people have been killed by this Tornado and significant damage has been caused.

A Large night-time Tornado has been captured in Golden City, Missouri – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: Nathanial Dagley

The photo was captured by Nathanial Dagley on the day the Tornado struck – last night, 22nd May.

However, Emergency Management Associates posted the photo on their official Facebook account. Find more photos of this Tornado below.  

Photo credit: Ethan Strite
Photo credit: Mark Williams
Photo credit: Andrew Pritchard
Photo credit: Chandler Bos


The noobs are spoiling storm chasing!

“Storm chasing is like a ticking time bomb”

In a strongly written and rightly worded article, Matthew Cappucci of the Capital Weather Gang shared a perspective on the mobs/aka noobs ruining storm chasing.

At the start of his perspective piece, Cappucci stated that he heard “grumblings about the downsides of storm chasing for a long time” – suffice to suggest we’ve heard the same things.

Those downsides include: poor driving habits, traffic jams as cars converge near significant storms.

Cappucci concluded on this particular subject of the downsides of chasing by stating: “It had always been on my mind, but four years of venturing to the Plains had taught me it was just something with which I’d have to live. I’ve always brushed it off as an unavoidable by-product of chasing.”

Cappucci moved on to the subject of which this article is based upon – YESTERDAY’S SEVERE WEATHER RISK!!!

Cappucci started on the above mentioned subject by stating “he witnessed first-hand the practices” that would drive him away from storm chasing.

Cappucci put a six bullet point list on some of the things he’s encountered – which can be read below.

  • Chase vehicles parked perpendicular to roads – blocking major intersections.
  • “Multiple” chasers with red/blue police lights, “pulling over” others to clear their path to the storm.
  • Traffic jams two hundred cars deep.
  • Chasers parking on/in the road to take photographs – blocking traffic.
  • Chasers “barrelling” down a one-lane road at stupid speeds in our opinion – ninety miles per hour.
  • Chasers driving on the wrong side of the road. 

A photo captured by veteran chaser, Daniel Shaw perfectly illustrates a scenario which played out on Monday – see below.

Suffice to say, the dangers speak for themselves.

In his perspective piece, the Capital Weather Gang contributor stated his biggest fear wasn’t weather related; it’s other chasers. 

Yesterday, an incredibly significant and photogenic Tornado swept passed Mangum, Oklahoma – find our articles on that here. here and here

The Oklahoma Highway reported just one injury, thank god. It wasn’t caused by the adverse weather conditions… It involved two vehicles with storm chasers…

You can read the rest of Cappucci’s perspective piece here, we wanted to give you a taste. Now on to our take…

The storm chasing community has been unbelievably lucky when it comes to the lives of chasers1.

 1: Chasers have died in past traffic/Tornado incidents, however out of respect for family, friends and colleagues, we did not want to mention their names in this particular piece. However, our thoughts, prayers and love remain with above mentioned individuals.

We firmly believe the crux of the issue comes from the amount of chasers on the road. Then it comes down to the do it yourself storm chasers/amateur that have been spurred on by popular TV shows, Netflix documentaries etc. Not forgetting to mention: SMARTPHONES!

However, it’s safe to suggest it’s not just amateur chasers contributing to the issue. Professional storm chasers are also contributing to the issue – even making it worse! Sorry to say…

…With a lot of competition in the industry, many are taking it to a whole new level in order to get the best, most up close video. This tends to mean taking needless risks, not to mention putting others at risk. You know Cappucci makes an excellent point on this subject;

“Branding things as “extreme” gets clicks and views. That makes money. And across the board, we’re much more likely to celebrate an “extreme storm chaser” than we are a “safe storm chaser.” You’re not going to turn on the TV and see a headline that reads “storm chaser records tornado from a safe distance.”

Matthew Cappucci, Capital Weather Gang

With a significant amount of money involved, the dangerous and somewhat shocking behaviour looks set to get worse. Illegal driving can’t be policed, why? They’re dealing with the severe weather situation. You can’t limit the number of chasers, tourists that go chasing…

2: However, we’ll come on to that shortly…

It’s going to have to take something drastic in order to hastily get discussion underway in ways the industry change.

2 One idea we had was that chasers would have to get a special type of licence which allowed them to chase3. Here in the UK, you have to have a special licence to drive a lorry (semi-truck) for example.

In order to get that licence, you’d have to take an enhanced & relating test.  Why can’t the same be for chasers? It’s an idea we’re going to sleep on and comeback to post in this blog.

FYI: The definition of noob can be found below:

“A person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet.”

However, we thought we’d apply it to this.

Tornado warnings don’t adequately prepare residents of mobile homes


A survey conducted recently of the southeastern United States illustrates that nearly half of residents that live in mobile homes don’t know where to shelter during a Tornado and many are not getting the resources they need to survive one.

Photo credit: Tim Marshall

New research illustrates that residents across the southeastern United States, where mobile homes make up almost twenty per cent of house, don’t have the resources or information they need to safely respond to a Tornado. That’s frightening!

More than half of mobile home occupants don’t know the best place to take shelter. A number don’t have a community shelter to get to. Mobile home residents “don’t perceive” Tornadoes as any worse a danger than their neighbours in permanent homes.

However, data indicates that nationwide, they are nearly twice as likely to die in a Tornado. Talking to Earth & Space Science News (EOS), University of Maryland risk communications researcher, Brooke Liu said:

“We know a lot about how corporations can protect their reputations, but we know comparably a lot less about how governments can help protect the public during extreme events.”

Brooke Liu, University of Maryland risk communications researcher

Including her colleagues, Liu conducted a survey of Tornado awareness among about three thousand mobile and permanent home residents in twelve states throughout the southeast.

 The findings of the survey were published on the 29th March in Weather, Climate and Society, indicate that the current communications strategies have a lot of room for improvement.

Liu spoke to EOS in an interview, which you can read here. We highly recommend that you do have a read, it’s a fascinating!

RELATED: Tim Marshall’s Lee County, AL Tornado damage surveying trip in photos

TORNADO! The Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980

On the 13th May 1980, A F3/EF3 Tornado struck the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Tornado first touched down at 4:00pm eight miles of the city limits, it steadly moved eastward through downtown Kalamazoo.

Photo credit: Kalamazoo public library

The Tornado dissipated east of the city at around 4:25pm. So essentially, the Tornado was on the ground for twenty five minutes.Twenty five minutes had passed by, however the devastation left in the wake of this Tornado was substantial.

Five people died, seventy nine injured and over fifty million dollars in property damage. William Milliken walked through the area hours later, and suggested the following: “It reminds me of a bombed out city”’

We highly recommend you read the Kalamazoo public library’s dedicated webpage on the Tornado, click here to take a read…

…We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this Tornado a substantial introduction.

Now you’ve read about it, now relive the Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980 thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.  

Find an incredible gallery of photos of damage caused by this Tornado here.

Wichita Falls, Texas Tornado of April 10th 1979 – Terrible Tuesday

FYA: This Tornado was one of many that struck during the Red River Valley Tornado outbreak of the 10th April 1979…

…We will be producing a separate article on this outbreak in due course. You can find more out on the Wichita Falls, Texas (TX) storm itself here.

The F4/EF-4 Tornado that struck Wichita Falls, TX formed several miles southwest of the city in Archer County, travelling over mostly open land.

When the Tornado turned east-northeast, it entered Wichita County – damaging a handful of rural homes, string of high voltage towers.

Moving into the city of Wichita Falls, the Tornado first struck Memorial Stadium and McNiel Junior High School, severely damaging both buildings (#1 on the damage path diagram below).

Damage path diagram credit: National Weather Service (NWS)

The Tornado’s formation and its movement towards the stadium and high school was captured on camera by Wolfgang Lange from the front of his apartment complex (#2 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

After capturing the last photo of the Tornado, Lange retreated to the complex’s laundry room and hid between heavy commercial washers and dryers. Luckily, he only suffered minor injuries.

Northeast of Lange’s apartment complex, on the first street of houses, a man by the name of Robert Molet also captured the Tornado on camera as it approached (#3 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

Unlike Lange’s view, as you can see in the above photos, Molet did not have an unhindered view of the Tornado – did not immediately recognise the F4/EF-4 wedge.

Molet stood in his backyard driveway and captured the destruction of the above mentioned apartment complex and the beginning of his neighbourhood being destroyed.  

Molet carried on taking photos until the wind blew him into his garage. Although, his house was completely destroyed, Molet escaped with only minor injuries – protecting him from the worst of the winds and debris.

The first deaths caused by Tornado were recorded at the already mentioned apartment complex and adjoining housing area.

Continuing east-northeast, the Tornado severely damaged commercial buildings along Southwest Parkway, including total devastation of the Southwest National Bank Building except its vault (#4 on the damage path diagram).

North of Southwest Parkway, the F4/EF-4 wedge destroyed many homes in the Western Hills (DR). Further eastward, many houses in the Faith Village were destroyed, Ben Milam Elementary School was severely damaged (#6 on the damage path diagram).

The Tornado was captured on camera from the south of the city by Pat Blacklock – see in the photos below (#5 on the damage path diagram).

 As you can see in the last few photos above, the gust front/strong west winds to the south of the Tornado can be seen producing waves on Lake Wichita – kicking up spray from the lake.

As the F4/EF-4 wedge crossed Kemp Boulevard, a number of commercial business were destroyed – resulting in several deaths. The Tornado’s most destructive winds missed the Sikes Senter Shopping Mall to the south, but a handful of stores were damaged.

Photo credit: UNKNOWN

Beyond the above mentioned shopping mall, the Tornado crossed a greenbelt area, “skirted” Midwestern State University on the south side – severely damaging more housing additions.

From the Ligon Coliseum of the University, Professor Joe Henderson captured the Tornado on camera (#7 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

The F4/EF-4 wedge was also captured on camera by Troy Glover from the roof of the Bethania hospital (#8 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: Troy Glover

A number of people tried to outrun the Tornado as it crossed the south side of the city by getting in vehicles and driving east of Southwest Parkway – north on US Highway 281 and east on US Highway 287.

The Tornado blew many of those vehicles off the above mentioned highways, resulting in numerous deaths.

The F4/EF-4 wedge took the lives of forty two people in Wichita Falls, twenty five deaths were vehicle related and sixteen of the twenty five deaths got in vehicles to outrun the Tornado.

Before leaving the east side of the city, the Tornado destroyed the Sun Valley housing area, the Sunnyside Heights Mobile Home Park and several large commercial businesses including the Levi Strauss Plant – iconic jean maker.

Northeast of Wichita Falls, the Tornado trekked into Clay County. Not only did it enter a different county, it changed its appearance.

As seen in the photos below, captured by Winston Wells, the Tornado became multivortex (#10 on the damage path diagram). At one time, the F4/EF-4 wedge displayed as many as five satellite vortices. 

At this stage of its life, the Tornado did extensive damage just south of Dean and near Byars, destroying a significant number of rural homes, but thankfully causing no deaths.

The grief and devastation caused by this Tornado is almost unthinkable

This particular type of Tornado event is unheard of! A violent Tornado tearing through an eight mile section of a city.

In addition to the forty two deaths caused directly by the F4/EF-4 wedge, three more people died of heart attacks/illnesses during the stress of the Tornado’s life. The number of reported injuries approached almost eighteen hundred however additional injuries were never recorded.

In 1979 dollars, total property damage in the city was estimated at four hundred million.

Over three thousand homes were destroyed and another were damaged. One thousand apartment units/condominiums were destroyed and another one hundred and thirty were damaged.

Around one hundred and forty mobile homes were destroyed, two schools were obliterated and eleven others suffered significant damage. Over one hundred commercial businesses were destroyed, some of which were large businesses/manufacturing – including Levi.

That concludes our in-depth overview of the Tornado. Now, relive the Tornado in videos below.

Terrible Tuesday: 5th May 1964 central/eastern Nebraska F5 & F4 Tornado

fifty five years ago today!

It was a terrible Tuesday! On the 5th May 1964, a historic, destructive and deadly Tornado event affected a number of counties within central and eastern Nebraska.

Two particularly damaging/significant Tornadoes touched down, one was rated an F5/EF-5 and the other F4.

Article clipping credit: NWS

It’s suffice to say, the above mentioned F5/EF-5 Tornado travelled nearly seventy miles from eastern Adams County to northwestern Butler County is the last F5/EF-5 Tornado recorded in Nebraska. With that being said, let’s get into an overview of the Tornado event.

For some residents in central/eastern Nebraska, 5th May 1964, started out like any other day. However, by sunset, it would be a day of total destruction. During the afternoon, severed thunderstorms developed and quickly pushed northeast.

Article clipping credit: NWS

One of these storms produced an F4/EF-4 Tornado touched down initially in southeastern Greeley County and destroyed much of Wolbach and caused several injuries – thankfully and fortunately no one died. 

It’s safe to say, the biggest and most destructive Tornado was yet to come. By 5:00pm, a Tornado touched down just southeast of Hastings and developed into an F5/EF-5. Two people were killed by this Tornado a farm three miles northwest of Bradshaw…

Article clipping credit: NWS

…There were also numerous injuries, including fifteen people near Shelby.

Fortunately, several towns along the way which were spared a direct hit, including Hampton, Bradshaw, Benedict, Stromsburg and Shelby. Suffice to say there was complete destruction of all farmsteads in the direct path.

It was a significant and powerful Tornado that completely destroyed at least a dozen of these farms within the first thirty miles of its track. The Tornado width was one quarter of a mile wide, sometimes two – three separate damaging funnels extended from the same cloud.

Article clipping credit: NWS – find more clippings here.

Hail preceded, accompanied and followed the Tornado touching down. The Tornado lifted near Bellwood in Butler County, the Tornado briefly touched the ground a few times in the next forty miles.

Find a poster about the Tornado, produced by the National Weather Service (NWS)  in the link below.

4th May 2007 Greensburg, Kansas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

What made this Tornado terrifying? It struck during the night. In May 2007, an EF-5 Tornado almost wiped out the whole town of Greensburg, Kansas.

It was the strongest recorded Tornado since the 3rd May 1999 Moore/Oklahoma City Tornado. Despite a warning with a lead time of twenty six mintues…

… The town of around fifteen hundred people still lost eleven lives. Some of those fatalities were in basements that were filled with a tremendous amount of debris.

Below, find some fast facts regarding the Tornado.

  • Sixty five mintues: The Tornado started in Comanche County, Kansas at 9:00pm and ended at 10:05pm near Greensburg.
  • One point seven miles: Maximum width of the Tornado.
  • Twenty eight point eight miles: Distance the Tornado travelled.
  • Two hundred and five miles per hour: Approximately the strongest surface wind in parts of the town.
  • Nine hundred and sixty one homes and businesses were destroyed by the Tornado.
    • Two hundred and sixteen homes and businesses suffered major damage.
    • Three hundred and seven homes and businesses suffered minor damage.

With that being said, now relive the 4th May 2007 EF-5 Greensburg, Kansas Tornado in the videos below.  

Watch two documentaries regarding the Tornado in the videos below. One was produced by The Weather Channel.

29th April 2017 Canton, Texas Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

Today is the two year anniversary of the Tornado.

The EF-4 Canton (west), Texas (TX) Tornado struck during the April 2017 Tornado event. Find out more about this event here.  

In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Canton, TX Tornado that struck on the 29th April 2017.

Find footage of the damage caused by the above Tornado in the videos below.

Find more of our articles on Texas Tornadoes here.

Horrific! Husband captures the moment Tornado destroys his house…

…FYI: With sadness, even though this happened in 2015, his wife and next door neighbour died.

The Tornado in this video is the EF-4 that struck Rochelle/Fairdale on the April 2015. Read our recent article on this Tornado here.

In the terrifying video below, watch the moment a powerful Tornado destroys a couple’s house… WHILST HE’S IN IT!!!

As you may have seen, a message appeared at the start of the video. In case you missed it, you can read in full below.

“The video was shot by Mr Clarence “Clem” Schultz from the second story of his home in Fairdale, IL on 9th April 2015. Though Mr Schultz survived, he had a number of very serious injuries. Unfortunately, his wife and next door neighbour died in this event.

PLEASE do not attempt to video or take photos of a Tornado as it approaches your location. Please follow National Weather Service warning advice: “Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows.

If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. It is your life… and your responsibility to protect it.”  

The video was captured by Clem Schultz on the day the Tornado struck – 9th April 2015. It’s suffice to say this video gained a lot of attention.


April 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak – relive the outbreak in video

RELATED: Videos of the Violent EF4 and EF5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011

The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.

Regardless of alerts well in advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).

Nearly three hundred and fifty Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National Weather Service.

The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.

Suffice to say, within a matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour. 

The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.

It has to be stated: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4 Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!

A destructive and deadly Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April, when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern seaboard.

In closing, April 2011 saw a record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC – records go back to 1950.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.

Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.

UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.


Video captures the moment yesterday’s Tornado struck Louisiana Tech University

“This goes to the people taking the video: you and your bros should have been taking shelter.”

Jamie Simms, website lead

Ground view/floor! In the video below, watch the moment yesterday’s EF-3 Tornado struck Louisiana Tech University (LA) in Ruston, LA .

It can be assumed that this video was taken in one of the dorms on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

It can also be assumed that this video was filmed on Snapchat. As it says.. Wait till the end!

It’s unknown who captured the video! However, what we do know is that this video was posted on Reddit by user brony_dash around twelve hours ago.


27th April 2011 Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, AL Tornado – relive in video

Here’s an overview on the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado…

…The Tornado was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm which initiated in Newton County, Mississippi at 2:54pm (CDT), it dissipated in Macon County, North Carolina at around 10:18pm (CDT).

This supercell thunderstorm lasted around seven hours and twenty four minutes – travelling approximately three hundred and eighty miles producing several significant strong/violent Tornadoes along the way.

The EF-4 Tornado initially touched down in northern Greene County, Alabama (AL) and moved northeast through southern Tuscaloosa and western Jefferson counties, where it caused devastating damage to portions of the city of Tuscaloosa and western suburbs of Birmingham, AL. The Tornado lifted northeast of downtown Birmingham.

The Tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, just north of CR 60, west northwest of Ralph, and moved northeast causing tree damage and minor building damage which is consistent with an EF-2 Tornado.

The Tornado intensified as it crossed the Black Warrior River, north of interstate 20 and approached Tuscaloosa to a violent EF-4. As the Tornado approached interstate 359, a handful of buildings were destroyed – including Tuscaloosa County Emergency Operations Centre.

Along 15th street east and McFarland Blvd east, several small restaurants and stores were destroyed, with only a wall or two standing. The Tornado completely devastated the Cedar Crest neighbourhood just north of 15th street, levelling many cinder block homes and killing three people.

The Tornado then crossed McFarland Blvd, where is destroyed more stores and restaurants. The EF-4 crossed McFarland Blvd in the Alberta City community. Alberta Elementary School was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls still standing.

A nearby apartment building was reduced to rubble. The Alberta Elementary School suffered nearly complete destruction with no walls standing and a pile of debris on the foundation. Cinder block construction homes in the surrounding neighbourhood were completely destroyed.

The Tornado continued northeast and struck the Chastain Manor Apartments at the north end of 34th Ave east – completely destroying a brand new two story apartment complex. It has to said, a small club house anchored to a foundation was completely destroyed – swept from the foundation.

Comparable devastation to homes and businesses was eminent along both sides of CR 45 near 1st street east and locations to the northeastward. East of Holt, the Tornado path width widened from zero point five mile to one mile.

The Tornado crossed Holt Peterson Road just northwest of Clinker Road, where two homes were completely destroyed. ALMOST! All trees were blown down or snapped in the vicinity, as well as in the bottom of a narrow ravine.

The EF-4 continued to Holt Lock and Dam Road near its intersection with Recreation Area Road where it caused significant damage to a restaurant as well as a number of boats. Several injuries were reported in this area.

The Tornado moved northeastward and weakened an EF-3 rating. As its path narrowed to zero point five mile, the Tornado passed north of Brookwood, near the intersection of Hannah Creek Road and CR 99 and moved into western Jefferson County, four miles north of Abernant…

…With that being said, we’re going to leave our overview here. Read more about the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado here. Below find a handful of relating facts:

  • Rating: EF-4
  • Estimated maximum wind: one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
  • Injuries/deaths: one thousand five hundred injuries/sixty five deaths
  • Damage path length: eighty one miles
  • Maximum path width: two thousand six hundred yards (one point five miles) when crossing I-65.
  • Approximate start point/time: 33.0297/-87.9350 at 4:43pm
  • Approximate end point/time: 33.6311/-86.7436 at 6:14 pm

With that being said, relive the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham Tornado in the videos below.


Frightening footage! Man films deadly Tornado from parking garage

The Tornado in the video below struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama in April 2011. The Tornado was rated EF-4/F4.

There’s something about this footage that makes us watch it over and over!

In the video, watch incredible footage of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama EF-4 Tornado filmed from inside a hospital parking garage.

The video was captured by Tommy Clark on the day the Tornado struck – April 27th 2011. However, the video was then sold to Viral Hog.

Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

In the near future, we will be producing a relive in video article for this Tornado. It’s safe to say this Tornado was historic.

Yesterday’s Nachitoches, Louisiana Tornado captured on camera

You can see the Tornado cross the road + a power flash!

Yesterday’s Nachitoches, Louisiana Tornado has been captured on camera – watch in the video below.

We can assume the video was captured by Ryan Lottinger on the day the Tornado struck – 18th April. Lottinger posted the video on his official YouTube account.

Relating photo – found on Instagram can be found below.

Captured on surveillance camera! EF-5 Tornado obliterates house

Preface: This EF-5 was one of hundreds that struck during one of the largest continuous Tornado outbreaks on record – 22nd May – 31st May 2008. 

In this post however, we’ll be focusing on the Parkersburg, Iowa EF-5 Tornado – which struck on the 25th May 2008 – find out more at the bottom of the article.

In the surveillance camera video below, watch the May 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado completely obliterate a home. 

The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance camera at First State Bank – bank’s drive-up ATM – in Parkersburg. 

The above mentioned Tornado tore a forty three mile-long path across the counties of Butler and Black Hawk in Iowa. 

The EF-5 took the lives of nine people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of damage. 

The Tornado began near the Butler and Grundy County line, two miles south of Aplington, Iowa at 4:48pm (CDT).

The Tornado grew quickly in size and intensity over the next several minutes as it approached Parkersburg. 

The Tornado was nearly three-quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:56 (CDT). 

A third of the town experienced devastating damage with nearly two hundred homes completely destroyed. 

The Tornado maintained it’s size and intensity as it moved through New Hartford, Iowa. At 5:09pm (CDT), the severe weather event moved just north of New Hartford, once again causing incredible structural and tree damage. 

The Tornado weakened east of New Hartford with lesser damage as it pushed through portions of northern Black Hawk County – north of the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

During the weak phase of the Tornado, the parents supercell thunderstorm produced significant straight line winds from a large rear-flank downdraft (RFD) just south of the Tornado’s path. 

Wind speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour were produced simply by the RFD, with a  wind gust to ninety three at 5:37pm (CDT) measured at the Waterloo Airport. 

The Tornado re-intensified and grew nearly one and a  half miles wide north of Dunkerton, Iowa causing significant damage to a farmstead there. The Tornado dissipated just before leaving Black Hawk County at 5:50pm (CDT).