Honorable Mention: Brent, AL ‘73
May 27, 1973 was a red letter day in the annals of Alabama severe weather events. A number of tornadoes touched down across north and central sections of the state that day. The largest and most violent of these would become known as the Brent Tornado. This storm had its beginning just northeast of Demopolis. It went on to cause damage in Greensboro, Brent, Centreville, Montevallo, Calera, Columbiana, Wilsonville, Childersburg, Alpine, and points between. The monster storm finally dissipated near Anniston, on the western slope of Mt. Cheaha. The tornado was on the ground an incredible 139 miles. The Brent Tornado was and remains the longest track tornado in Alabama recorded history. It is the sixth longest track tornado of record in U.S. history.
wasn't this the one that went dangerously close to the old radar?
It actially made a direct hit on the radar itself. Fortunately, the radar was repaired in time for the 1974 Super Outbreak about 10 months later.
Yes, the radar and weather service were hit by the tornado.wasn't this the one that went dangerously close to the old radar?