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.