On December 16, 2000, Alabama sustained a tornado outbreak that affected Tuscaloosa, St. Clair and Etowah counties. An F4 tornado hit Tuscaloosa County on that day, killing 11 people and injuring at least 144 others.
The area south of Tuscaloosa was hard hit by the storm, including a mobile home park, several subdivisions and a Winn-Dixie shopping center.
National Weather Service records show nine of the fatalities occurred in mobile homes. Those who lost their lives ranged in age from 16 months to 83 years old. Records also show the tornado was on the ground in Tuscaloosa County for 18 miles.
The December 16, 2000, tornado in Tuscaloosa County is ranked alongside a Georgia tornado as the deadliest in the country for that year. At the time, it was the strongest tornado recorded in Tuscaloosa County since 1950.
You can read more about the December 16, 2000 tornado outbreak on this page from the NWS website.
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