Tornado’s Damage to the Economy
- Tornado’s actual cost: $2,450,000,000
- Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $3,201,634,880
In all, 1,500 injuries and 65 deaths resulted from this EF4 tornado. The Tuscaloosa County emergency operations center was one of the first buildings destroyed, along with several restaurants and stores. An elementary school was reduced to mere portions of walls, and a shopping center ended up as a pile of rubble. Residential neighborhoods were damaged, with several homes completely leveled. In some instances, building debris was completely absent at these leveled sites — a result of the storm violently sweeping away the debris.