Rotary Club Radio Episode 020
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On April 27, 2011, around 200 tornados blew across the southern portion of the United States. These storms raged across 6 states killing over 300 people.
Tuscaloosa, AL, home of 2 Rotary Clubs, had about 1/7 of their city destroyed by the EF5 tornado that ripped a 6-mile path of destruction through its streets. The tornado is estimated to be have been up to 1 mile wide at times and had sustained winds of over 200 mph.
Note: According to The Chronicle:
- About 350 people have been confirmed dead across the country as a result of tornado activity last week.
- Authorities are still sifting through the rubble after an 80 mile (129km) long, 1.5 mile (2.4km) tornado tore through Tuscaloosa — the worst hit location.
- About 5000 structures have been damaged and 13,000 people affected in a city with a population of 98,000.
With only about 24 minutes notice, the population of Tuscaloosa had little time to prepare for the tornado and once it was over, they were left with over 5,000 structures (homes, businesses, and buildings) destroyed, 41 deaths, with 60 people still missing.
According to today’s guest, the Tuscaloosa Red Cross and Salvation Army Headquarters were destroyed as well as the Boys and Girls club.
Here is the video of the Arial view of the damage!
- Tuscaloosa Morning Rotary
- The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa
- Red Cross of Alabama
- Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa, AL
- United Way of Western Alabama
Opportunity to Give!
United Way of Western Alabama
c/o – Tornado Relief
PO Box 2291
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
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