I will never forget December 16th, 2000. That day will always be a leading example of the level of severe weather that can happen during this time of the year. On that day a violent F4 tornado tracked through Tuscaloosa County from near Fosters to Cottondale producing extensive damage. There were 11 fatalities and up to 144 injuries associated with that tornado.
I grew up in an area that was heavily impacted, near Taylorville in south Tuscaloosa. The tornado touched down on a Saturday so schools were closed. The tornado path was extremely close to Englewood Elementary and Hillcrest High School. I was reporting weekend weather for a local station at the time and I watched as the twister crossed highway 69 and produced extensive damage in the Hinton Place Subdivision. I will never forget the sights and sounds of that day, especially the immediate aftermath.
The same storm that produced the tornado in Tuscaloosa also produced violent tornadoes in St. Clair, Etowah and Cherokee counties. A similar setup happened on April 27th, 2011 when a violent tornado touched down in Tuscaloosa and the same storm later produced a tornado over St. Clair County. You can find the full NWS survey by clicking here: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=event_12162000
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt