Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
Thursday, May 5 2011 7:46 PM EDT2011-05-05 23:46:40 GMT
It may have seemed like searching for a needle in a haystack, but one Lawrence County woman said it was divine guidance that lead to her finding her engagement ring.More >>
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
It seemed like the world stopped in parts of DeKalb County one year ago.
In some neighborhoods, only piles of clothes, parts of homes, and memories remained in a community where seven tornadoes changed lives and took others, all in one day.
Life remained on County Road 1007. That is where Cindy White and her family live.
White said a narrow shelter of rocks helped to save her and her family's lives.
"During the short time we were in there, we were praying. Praying," said White.
Part of their prayers were for Cindy's 16-year-old son Dustin to make it to where they were.
"I was just standing in the barn doorway and I was looking around and seen all kind of crap flying and I was like 'huh', and I stepped back inside the barn because stuff was hitting me, and then they started running and they told me to come on so I run up here with them," said Dustin.
They all survived, including "Baby Girl" the dog. However, when they climbed out, the landscape had changed dramatically.
"I think it'll be pretty once again," said White.
It was a day they will never forget, but not just because of the destruction and tragedy in a community they have lived in for seven years. They will also never forget it because of the blessings that came from it.
"We've had every denomination come out and help," said White.
Volunteers almost immediately poured into the community; so did a FEMA trailer. Within six months, the family of six moved into their new five-bedroom home - a far cry from the three bedroom mobile home that was blown away.
"We are just thankful how blessed we are," said White.
These words are echoed by the few people left in the quiet neighborhood off a small county road - people determined to make sure life indeed goes on.
Monday, April 30 2012 12:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 04:17:45 GMT
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery. Lawrence Davis Jr. didn't imagine April 27th,More >>
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery.More >>
Sunday, April 29 2012 12:24 AM EDT2012-04-29 04:24:01 GMT
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter,More >>
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, and her father, Harold Fitzgerald, who were both killed by the storm one year ago.More >>
Thursday, April 26 2012 5:30 PM EDT2012-04-26 21:30:15 GMT
An August 29, 2011 Gov. Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC. The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recoverMore >>
The Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama researched and developed 20 key ways to improve disaster preparedness in the state.More >>
With the cleanup process under way and the death toll holding steady, federal, state and local officials are teaming up to put the pieces back together for the broken communities slashed by last week's devastating tornadoes.More >>