By Kelly Kazek
Journey simply west of America's notorious twister Alley to Alabama, domestic to a couple of the deadliest tornadoes of the earlier century. those twisters stay etched within the collective reminiscence of the folk, from the 1908 Dixie twister, considered as some of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. historical past, to the 1998 Birmingham twister, the costliest tornado in Alabama's history.
Discover how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes ended in 268 fatalities and hundreds of thousands of bucks in harm, and browse the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span.
Join neighborhood journalist Kelly Kazek as she stocks the stories of those typical failures and the hardy Alabamians who continued them.
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