MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On April 27, 2011, a series of long-track tornadoes ripped through the state of Alabama in three waves across 35 of our 67 counties. Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of this unprecedented natural disaster that took the lives of 254 Alabamians, injured more than 2,000 and devastated the state. While we will never forget the grave loss of life and devastation, we also reflect on how far we have come.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Governor Ivey has also directed flags to remain displayed at half-staff on April 27.
“To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, I am directing flags be displayed at half-staff tomorrow and have proclaimed it as a Day of Remembrance in the state of Alabama. On April 27, 2011, 62 tornadoes tore through our state causing incomprehensible destruction across 35 counties. Two hundred and fifty-four lives were lost, and more than 2,200 people were injured that devastating day. Over the last 10 years in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, Alabamians have proven their strength and resiliency in rebuilding their broken communities. Tomorrow, I encourage all Alabamians to reflect upon the memory of those we lost and uplift their loved ones that continue to grieve. Since flags are already lowered, this action will run in conjunction with the flag memo currently in effect for former Vice President Walter Mondale.”