9781596299115

A History of Alabama's Deadliest Tornadoes: Disaster in Dixie

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    9781596299115

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    1596299118

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-07
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Summary

Journey Just West of America's infamous Tornado Alley to Alabama, home to some of the deadliest tornadoes of the past century. These twisters remain etched in the collective memory of the people, from the 1908 Dixie Tornado, regarded as one of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. history, to the 1998 Birmingham Tornado, the most expensive twister in Alabama's history. Discover how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes resulted in 268 fatalities and millions of dollars in damage, and read the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span. Join local journalist Kelly Kazek as she shares the tales of these natural disasters and the hardy Alabamians who endured them. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Alabama, State of Chaos: A History of Deadly Tornadoesp. 15
1908 Dixie Super Outbreak: "Unprecedented in the History of the State"p. 25
May 26 and 27,1924: Two Days, Two Tornadoes, Two Families Gonep. 35
1932 Deep South Outbreak: A Family Torn Apartp. 43
1974 Super Outbreak: "Black Wednesday"p. 52
November 15, 1989: "This Is Not Natural"p. 71
March 27, 1994: "She Sang, She Danced, She Painted, She Climbed"p. 88
Birmingham in 1956, 1977 and 1998: "Whole Communities Were Wiped Out"p. 96
Freaks of Nature: Strange but True Tornado Talesp. 115
How to Be Safe in a Stormp. 122
Sourcesp. 125
About the Authorp. 127
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