DISCUSSION: As we look to just over 17 years ago today, we arrive at a very scary and destructive day in Alabama weather history. Attached below is the exact excerpt courtesy of ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann on this particular tornadic event which struck many suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama on that early Spring day back in April of 1998. Attached above is the actual news footage from ABC 33/40 on this event which affected thousands of people across parts of north-central Alabama.
"On this date in 1998, an EF-5 tornado cut a 31-mile long, 3/4-mile wide swath through nine Birmingham suburbs including Oak Grove, Sylvan Springs, Rock Creek, Pleasant Grove, Concord, Maytown, Pratt City, and Edgewater before lifting in the western limits of the City of Birmingham. The worst of the destruction occurred across the Oak Grove, Rock Creek and McDonald Chapel areas.
Thirty-two people were killed in this tornado including three in Oak Grove, eleven near Rock Creek, four in Sylvan Springs, two in Wylam Heights, nine in Edgewater, two in McDonald Chapel and one in West Ensley.
The same parent storm would drop another tornado that killed two more people in St. Clair County near Wattsville. Do you remember?"
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