Revisiting the Alabama Tornado Outbreak of 1974

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – During the late afternoon and early evening hours of April 3, 1974, at least eight tornadoes combined with four intense storms hit 16 counties in Alabama.

As a result of the tornadoes and storms, 86 people died, 949 were injured and damage from the storm reached $50 million.

The tornadoes set records that continued unbroken for 37 years, until April 27, 2011.

Meteorologists developed advanced storm tracking tools from studying the 1974 outbreak of storms.