Monday, March 14, 2011

3/15/38 Central Alabama Tornadoes

Tuscaloosa News 3/16/38

Montgomery Advertiser 3/16/38

2:35 p.m. Marengo F2. Two people died and 25 were injured in the Baptist Hill community east of Demopolis. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, "The dead were Mary Avery, a negro woman who was buried in the wreckage of her home," and "J. Dunn Lawrence, of Guntersville, who touched a high tension wire broken by the wind." 40 small homes were destroyed and 200 people were left homeless. The tornado was on the ground for five miles and was 300 yards wide. "The air was filled with lumber, furniture, and corrugated metal."

4:20 p.m. Jefferson F2. One person died and eight were injured in this tornado that moved from Mulga to the east for 10 miles. Dozens of small buildings were blown down in this mining camp town. Over 10 people were left homeless. 34 died in a mine tragedy 5 months to the day before the tornado. Ben Foster, 22, of Tarrant City, was killed as he came in contact with a power line.

4:45 p.m. Walker F2. Eleven people were injured in this tornado that began at Nauvoo and moved north two miles. Two homes and a church were destroyed. Eight of the injuries occurred in one home.


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