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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Views of Thursday's Huntsville Tornado

I've been busy with blogging political stuff and an event at church last night dealing with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and haven't had time to post about the tornado that went through Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday evening.

There were a lot of videos posted online, including several from mobile phones that provided views from different angles.

I'll lead off with a video of the breaking news alert from a local TV Station, and a couple of excerpts from websites and then go to the videos, with the video description as noted by the uploaders:

nhlarry — January 22, 2010 — WHNT's Dan Satterfield reports the January 21, 2010, tornado as it touches down near Five Points in Huntsville.

Around the 2:32 mark, you see transformers in the area starting to explode as the tornado touches the ground.

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A tornado passed over east Huntsville at about 5:30 p.m., downing power lines and trees, toppling a home in Five Points and throwing a truck through a house on Oakwood Avenue.


HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A twister that damaged dozens of houses in northeast Huntsville packed winds of 115 miles an hour.

The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-2.

Many storm victims spent this day working to repair their homes and businesses.

For some, it's work they've experienced before.

It has to do with a damaged house on Holmes Avenue and another storm that devastated Huntsville some 20 years ago.

A work crew hauls fallen debris and tree limbs from Emile Alt's home.

Alt and his wife left their home mere minutes before the storm hit their neighborhood to go to dinner.

"Two minutes later, my neighbor next door called and said 'You'd better get home, there's a crowd in front of your house and the front of the house is gone,'" Alt said.

WAFF 48 News

And now, the videos...

printfac — January 21, 2010 — This is what happened on January 21st at around 6:00pm. Corner of Humes Avenue and Andrew Jackson Way. Pretty amazing scene.

wx4jrr — January 21, 2010 — Huntsville Tornado - 1/21/2010 - taken from my iPhone 3G using Cycorder. This thing literally formed RIGHT OVER MY HEAD. Only after I determined that it was moving away and was safe did I start recording it. I also apologize for the language... it was slightly unnerving situation for me.

clintwgraham — January 21, 2010 — This video was uploaded from an Android phone.

I'll be trying to bring you more coverage like this when the spring storm season starts in a few weeks...although, in the southernmost states, it never seems to stop.


Here are a couple of interesting blog posts about the event: