10 of the Worst Tornadoes in United States History

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2. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 27, 2011

The Tuscaloosa tornado was a result of a supercell thunderstorm that began around 2:54 p.m. in Newton County, Mississippi, and traveled approximately 380 miles, finally dissipating in Macon County, North Carolina. During its journey, the storm spawned several violent tornados, including the one that ravaged Tuscaloosa. Tornado warnings for central Alabama were in effect from 3:38 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As the tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, it had an EF2 rating, with winds of 125 mph. The storm strengthened as it crossed the Black Warrior River and roared into the city with winds of 170 mph, which earned it an EF4 rating.

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