Alabama Tornado Update

At least 128 are dead, with the toll expected to rise, in the flurry of tornadoes that hit Alabama yesterday.

At least 128 are dead, with the toll expected to rise, in the flurry of tornadoes that hit Alabama yesterday.

My graduate alma mater, the University of Alabama, came out unscathed by the tornados which ripped through Tuscaloosa. They have nonetheless, reasonably given the horrific damage to the community, canceled classes for the day and issued a long Q&A for concerned parents.

My mom lives in Calhoun County, which suffered at least two dead. She’s fine, however, except for a sleepless night and the inconvenience of the water and cable being out. The power was out but has been restored.

OTB co-author Steven Taylor, who lives outside Montgomery, is blogging away, so one presumes all’s well with him.

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Been in touch with colleagues on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Most of that are is without power and don’t expect to get it back for 4-5 days.

  2. JKB says:

    Twenty-seven dead in the tri-state area around Chattanooga. Ringgold, GA on I-75 hit hard. A storm wiped out the businesses at on of the freeway exits. In a valley, just east of Ringgold and just north over the state line, 13 fatalities.

  3. JKB says:

    TVA loses all power transmission lines in Alabama and Mississippi, Browns Ferry Nuclear plant forced into emergency shutdown

    All is well, reactors are being cooled by backup generators.

    Bill McCollum, the chief operating officer of Tennessee Valley Authority, said it may be weeks before power can be restored to all of the 300,000 customers whose power is supplied by the federal utility.

  4. Janis Gore says:

    Terry Oglesby and his bunch are okay in Birmingham.

  5. JKB says:

    Death toll has risen to 76 in tri-state area around SE Tennessee. Including 35 in small town near Fort Payne, Alabama (where group Alabama are from).