so proud

On Thursday, Stuart (along with 3 or 4 of our friends) will be headed down to Marion county, Alabama to aid in the recovery and clean-up efforts from last week’s tornado outbreak. He’ll be working in an area near the hard-hit town of Hackleburg, Alabama that was devastated by an EF-5 tornado. They are also bringing down donated clothing for survivors and at least one chain saw that has been donated from a hardware store to help aid the clean-up.

Below is a brief summary of the tornado from the Birmingham WFO.

TORNADO 6...HACKLEBURG TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-5 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): GREATER THAN 200
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NUMEROUS INJURIES/AT LEAST 25 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0880/-88.1328 AT 305 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3109/-87.7858 AT 328 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 25.2 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS MARION
COUNTY IMPACTING THE HACKLEBURG AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED
GREATER THAN 200 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO TOUCHDOWN SOUTHWEST
OF HAMILTON NEAR HIGHWAY 19 AND COUNTY ROAD 22. TREE DAMAGE WAS
NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO WIDENED CONSIDERABLY AND BECAME
DEADLY AS IT MOVED ALONG HIGHWAY 43 SOUTHWEST OF HACKLEBURG. THE
TORNADO MOVED INTO HACKLEBURG WHERE SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS WERE
DESTROYED. THE HACKLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL AND THE WRANGLER PLANT WERE
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND GENERALLY PARALLELED
HIGHWAY 43 AND MOVED TOWARD PHIL CAMPBELL WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
CONTINUED. ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH, THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE
DOWNED...SEVERAL HUNDRED STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED, AT LEAST 100 OF
THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS MANY HOMES WERE
LEVELED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS...ALONG WITH THE FOREMOST
EXPERT IN STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REVIEWED THE DAMAGE IN HACKLEBURG
IN MARION COUNTY.  THE MAIN INDICATORS OF HACKLEBURG HAVING EF-5
DAMAGE IS THE TOSSING OF VEHICLES UPWARDS OF 150-200 YARDS...ONE
WELL BUILT HOME WITH 4 SIDES BRICK WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED AND THE
DEBRIS FROM THE HOME WAS TOSSED TO THE NORTH OVER 40 YARDS...AND
THERE WAS LARGE AMOUNTS OF WIND ROWING...THE STREWING OF BUILDING
MATERIALS IN STRAIGHT LINES...AROUND THE CITY OF HACKLEBURG.
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2 Responses to so proud

  1. lyndseybeth says:

    do they need more clothes? I have a TON of gently worn t-shirts that I wanna get rid of but Goodwill won’t take t-shirts. They’re shirts from the springfield park board that my dad’s given to me over the years. they take up a whole dresser and im sick of it.

  2. I’m sure they do! Call Stu and see if they have enough room in the car to take them.

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