Aerial View of Damage from Tuscaloosa Tornado
One thing we take very serious around here is the threat of tornadoes. Especially, when it is an elevated chance for activity. If you were here on April 27th, 2011, then you most certainly agree with these words. You will also share the feeling of unease with the multiple day threat a couple of weeks ago.
Late on Monday April 28, 2014 there were a couple of Tornado Warnings posted in the northern part of Tuscaloosa County. Neither storm affected the city of Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama campus or the city of Northport. It then appeared storm activity was calming down. Boom, another Tornado Warning posted. This time it was for a storm tracking towards the heavily populated areas of Tuscaloosa and the UA campus.
As the storm approached, the tracking shifted south of downtown and Interstate 20/59. Our meteorologist James Spann noticed the circulation could headed towards Skyland Boulevard. Uh oh, that's us (location of the studios). The staff working that night abandoned the studios and went to our safe place. The storm passed us without any damage. Well, almost. The rainfall was crazy intense and caused flooding in the area.
The storm cell made its way into East Tucaloosa and Cottondale before moving out. In the aftermath, the Woodland Hills neighborhood was one of the hardest hit by a tornado. It was the norm to see trees down and roof damage from street to street. Sadly, there was a loss of life from this tornado. Alabama Crimson Tide swimmer John Servati passed away.
WVUA-TV reporter Lynn Brooks set out to get video of the damage. Instead of recording from the ground, we get an aerial perspective from a helicopter.