Tornado’s Damage to the Economy
- Tornado’s actual cost: $1,290,000,000
- Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $1,475,032,590
After the extreme weather event, 100 injuries and 18 deaths were reported. The tornado caused devastating damage to Hackleburg, destroying subdivisions, businesses and schools. Weather service meteorologists and storm damage experts determined that the Hackleburg tornado was an EF5, due to factors such as the storm lifting vehicles in the air by 150 to 200 yards and completely leveling a brick home, with debris from the home later found 40 yards from its foundation.