42 years: A look back at the deadly tornado outbreak of April 3 and 4, 1974

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The month of April has a reputation of being Alabama’s worst for severe weather. In fact, seven of eight total EF-5 tornadoes on record in Alabama hit the state during April over the past 50 years — four of them all on the same date 42 years ago today.

Throughout this month, AL.com will take a look back at the tornadoes of April 27, 2011 as we recognize five years of recovery and progress after those storms. But we know that deadly day isn’t the only one in which Alabamians were lost to the monstrous force of tornadoes.

Today marks 42 years since the state’s third-worst recorded tornado outbreak ripped through northern and central Alabama.

Prior to April 2011, the last major tornado outbreak to impact Alabama occurred on this date back in 1974. It ranks as…

Posted by US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama on Sunday, April 3, 2016

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