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Alabama 1932 Tornadoes

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  • Amos J Wright
    [from Ancestry Daily News 21 March 2006] See also Top 10 Weather Events in the 21st Century For Alabama
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      [from Ancestry Daily News 21 March 2006]

      See also
      Top 10 Weather Events in the 21st Century For Alabama
      http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/significant_events/climate/top10.php


      The Landmark
      (Statesville, North Carolina), 22 March 1932, page 1:

      94 People Killed in Tornadoes Monday Night.

      Heaviest Toll Taken in Eleven Towns in Alabama--Other States Hit.

      Birmingham, Ala., March 22.--Tornadoes late yesterday and last night
      struck in four southern states killing 94 persons, injuring scores more
      and causing undetermined property destruction. Alabama bore the brunt of
      the storm and the death list in that state last night had reached 86.
      The twisters passed into Tennessee where six persons were killed, and
      then struck Kentucky, taking two more lives. Georgia was the fourth
      state to report and its death list stood at one and the injured list at
      over 30.

      Heavy downpours accompanied the storms and impeded the work of the
      rescue parties attempting to reclaim the dead and succor the injured.

      First reports came from Alabama where tornadoes hit in the central and
      western part of the state. National guardsmen were called to duty at
      Northport, across the Warrior river, from Tuscaloosa. Coats and
      blankets, nurses and doctors were hurried to the vicinity. The
      University of Alabama gymnasium was turned into an emergency hospital
      and the students of the university did heroic work in rendering aid to
      the stricken.

      The Druit [sic] City hospital at Tuscaloosa was overflowing with
      injured. Dr. George Lang, of the Red Cross, issued an appeal for all
      nurses and doctors within the area to hurry to Northport and Tuscaloosa.


      Fears were expressed that the number of dead in Alabama would be greater
      when the searching parties could see more clearly to work after
      daylight.

      Birmingham doctors and nurses were sent to Columbiana, where the death
      list was placed at 12.

      Marion, Ala., had two tornadoes, one in the afternoon and another after
      dark.


      ADN Editor's Note: As feared in this clipping, the death toll from this
      tornado outbreak rose and ended up killing more than 350 people in the
      Southeast.

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      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
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      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

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