Apr 27, 2016 8:04 PM
Joe Knows: A quick history of super-tornadoes in the US
On this day - five years ago - April 27, 2011, we were in the middle of one of the largest and most deadly super-tornado outbreaks in U.S. history with a total of 363 tornadoes touching down in in states including Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia all in a span of three days.
On this day alone, fifteen tornadoes were rated F-4 or greater. The deadliest tornado tore through Tuscaloosa through Birmingham, Alabama carving a path a mile and a half wide with estimated winds of 200 mph killing 65 people in just that one tornado.
A total of 348 people died in this super tornado outbreak. Thousands more were injured. The storm system caused over 4 billion dollars in damages.
Even with advanced weather warnings, these tornadoes were so powerful, there was little safe shelter to be found from their paths.