Alabama Tornado and Destruction

The recent tornadoes in Alabama and the surrounding region was one of the worst in the area since the Great Depression. This weekend, I spoke to one of the dads on my sons flag football team, whom is an airline pilot for American Airlines. Just to give me an idea of the magnitude of the event, they safely flew around the storm, the tornado weather front was as high as 50,000 ft. (close to 10 miles) in altitude. In comparison commercial airplanes normally fly 32-40,000 ft.  in altitude. He told the passengers on the left side of the plane they could get a view of the tornado weather front as lightning was flashing every 3 seconds.  Quite a terrifying scene.

Some tips from the American Red Cross for survivors returning to their property include:

  • Avoid downed power lines and smell for gas when entering the property. Wear protective clothing when cleaning your property.
  • Discard  food, beverages and medicine exposed to floodwaters and mud, including canned goods, capped bottles and sealed containers. Water may not be safe to drink, clean with, or bathe in after flooding.
  • Use only bottled, boiled, or treated water until water supply is tested and found safe.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Use the telephone only for emergencies.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.

If you would like to help, there are several ways that people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief: Visit to donate online, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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