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Gallery: After the tornado outbreak of April 27th, 2011

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Here is a slideshow of some of the images showing the aftermath of the tornado outbreak of April 27th, 2011. WTVC News Director Tom Henderson provided the photos.

Some facts about that day:

  • About 36 tornadoes either originated in or entered the NewsChannel 9 viewing area (including Jackson and Dekalb Counties).
  • The first tornado of April 27 (in our viewing area) struck at 8:40 a.m. in Dade County. It was an EF1 that ran for ten miles, more or less alongside I-59.
  • NewsChannel 9 was on the air with severe weather coverage until after midnight on 4/27, as tornado threats moved from west to east and out of the viewing area. Our severe weather approach is "until the last viewer is out of danger."
  • The most powerful storm in the viewing area was the EF5 that entered Dade County from DeKalb County, Alabama. This twister hit in the early evening, devastating Rainsville, AL. and killing 23 people.
  • Four EF4 tornadoes raced across the viewing area. One was the Ringgold-Apison-Cleveland tornado is documented elsewhere. The other three are: Jackson County, AL - Stevenson and Bridgeport, entering Tennessee and crossing I-24 at Nickajack Lake in Marion County. It killed one person. Jackson County, AL - Scottsboro, Pisgah, Flat Rock, then entering Georgia where it crossed Dade County and lifted into the sky just before reaching Fort Oglethorpe. It killed 13 people. Sequatchie-Bledsoe-Rhea Counties, TN. This tornado started in the Sequatchie Valley near Dunlap, crossed Walden's Ridge and ended at Spring City. It killed four people.
  • Several communities were hit more than once - Ooltewah, South Cleveland, South Dade County among them.
  • The population center of Chattanooga was spared, but there were many smaller tornadoes very close - East Ridge, Red Bank, Ooltewah, Highway 58, and Lookout Valley all experienced EF1 or EF0 tornadoes.

Click here to see each tornado path and read more details.

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