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6 Facts About the 2011 Tuscaloosa–Birmingham Tornado

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The 2011 Tuscaloosa–Birmingham tornado was a large and violent EF4 multiple-vortex tornado that devastated portions of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama, as well as smaller communities and rural areas between the two cities, during the late afternoon and early evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

A multiple-vortex tornado is a tornado that contains several vortices rotating around, inside of, and as part of the main vortex.

Birmingham is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County.

Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough of West Midlands, England.

Tuscaloosa - Birmingham Tornado April 27, 2011 by kc8niy

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It is one of the costliest tornadoes on record.

4/27/11 - Tuscaloosa Tornado by Jason Rosolowski

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It was one of the 360 tornadoes in the 2011 Super Outbreak, the largest tornado outbreak in United States history.

The 2011 Super Outbreak was the largest, costliest, and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks ever recorded, affecting the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States and leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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The tornado reached a maximum path width of 1.5 miles during its track through Tuscaloosa, and once again when it crossed Interstate 65 north of Birmingham, and attained estimated winds of 190 mph shortly after passing through the city.

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It then went on to impact parts of Birmingham as a high-end EF4 before dissipating.

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This was the third tornado to strike the city of Tuscaloosa in the past decade, and the second in two weeks.

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