1932 Tornado

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Title

1932 Tornado

Description

This photo shows the aftermath of a tornado that hit Northport and Tuscaloosa County in 1932. It was taken by the 106th Observation Squadron of the Alabama National Guard and shows the Black Warrior River, the railroad trestle and Northport. The trestle appears intact, but damage is shown all around it.
This destructive F4 tornado on March 21, 1932, —the first of 10 this day in Alabama - began near Ralph, moved into the Fosters area, proceeded to western Tuscaloosa, and then struck the business section of Northport, destroying or damaging more than 400 homes and the school for black students. It destroyed about 100 homes in Tuscaloosa County as well as the Tuscaloosa Country Club but narrowly missed downtown Tuscaloosa. F2 damage occurred in the west side of town. About 2,000 people were left homeless from this tornado, and 37 were killed in the area.

Creator

106th Observation Squadron of the Alabama National Guard

Source

E. Lamar Thomas M.D.

Date

March 21, 1932

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

1263

Coverage

Northport (AL)

Original Format

Photograph