I was living back there after 2000 for a while and was in Tuscaloosa during that big tornado. Somewhere close to 2010’ish??. It was ranked third worst tornado in US history. I was at the mall on McFarland trying to find a weather radio because they knew it was setting up that day for trouble.
They came on the loudspeaker and said the mall was going into lockdown and you would have to stay until they let you out. I almost stayed, but my truck was parked on the southwest corner of the mall and the direction they come from.
So, I figured I better move it around to the other side before I hunkered down. Instead I decided to go downtown to the Mellow Mushroom rest. in a 4 story building in town. At least I could get a beer and ride it out in their building.
Well we all had to go to the basement, with beers, and watched it on TV a much from a camera on top of the courthouse one block south of us. So we saw it live on TV coming right at us.
It ended up hitting 15th street and McFarland and a block away from the hospital I was born in, Druid City. After it was all over a girl came by to say here whole house was gone… and things were bad.
I went down to the hospital and parked their and walked down to the damage and it was so weird. hundreds of people walking around like zombies looking at what just happened.
They said another tornado was coming so most people split and went home. It didn’t but the next day I went back and shot at least a 1,000 photos of the damage. It was like that last one the other day… it traveled for miles on the ground, about a mile wide, no shit. I’ll never forget that.
Of course, that wasn’t the first either… One hit Roebuck and Centerpoint around '74 while we were in the path but it went over us. We went right into the damage when over cause my friend’s GF was at home alone… we barely got through and were only let in because of her. This things do not fuck around. This last one was freaky when I saw the path. That was farther south than they usually track, and even hit South Roebuck near where I grew up.
Prayers and vibes sent for you all. This climate change is changing things for sure. peace