Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
SMITHVILLE, MS (RNN) - The National Weather Service has determined a twister that struck Smithville, MS during Wednesday's deadly tornado outbreak was an EF-5, producing winds of 205 miles per hour.More >>
President Barack Obama and his family toured the shattered remains of storm-ravaged neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, AL, and offered hope and help as 19 Alabama counties and seven states attempt to recover from storms that killed more than 300 people.More >>
By Meghan McRoberts ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Due to the threat of severe weather Thursday afternoon, the St. Lucie County school system is canceling all athletic contests, after-school club meetingsMore >>
Due to the threat of severe weather Thursday afternoon, the St. Lucie County school system is canceling all athletic contests, after-school club meetings and related activities, including 21st Century afterschool programs.More >>
MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX)--The body discovered in a field on Southwest 169th avenue in Indiantown has been identified as 18-year old Dylan McKelvey of Jensen Beach We still do not know yet how McKelveyMore >>
Body found Wednesday in Indiantown identified as Dylan Andrew McKelveyMore >>
STUART, Fla. - An early morning shooting among brothers is under investigation, Stuart police say. Officers say around 1:45 a.m. Thursday, there was a domestic dispute between Bruce and Michael Thompson. MichaelMore >>
Stuart officers say around 1:45 a.m. Thursday, there was a domestic dispute between Bruce and Michael Thompson.More >>
By Chris Stewart PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - The family of a Port St. Lucie boy, killed in a 2012 school bus crash, is widening its wrongful-death lawsuit. Lawyers for 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp's familyMore >>
Lawyers for 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp's family just unveiled new details of the suit which claims the seat cushion Aaron was sitting on was defective and the seat belt he was wearing failed when his school bus drove into the path of a tractor trailer two years ago this month.More >>
PALM CITY, FL (WFLX) - Fire rescue divers are searching a pond in Martin County where a car was found submerged Wednesday evening. The car was found underwater near mile marker 112 on Interstate 95More >>
Fire rescue divers are searching a pond in Martin County where a car was found submerged Wednesday evening.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
On August 29, 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC.
The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recover and be better prepared for the next disaster.
"There's no question that our state is in a much better state of severe weather preparedness than we were April 26th of 2011," said Ron Gray, TRAC Executive Director.
TRAC members conducted research and worked to come up with 20 key ways to improve Alabama's response before and after a disaster.
"They just did a great job and made recommendations to us. We have already put in place four of those 20 recommendations," said Bentley.
The state has already declared a disaster preparedness tax holiday and rolled out a state-wide text alert system called Safe-T-Net with the help of private industry.
"We believe that particular recommendation that we provided in that area will have the potential to dramatically change the way our citizens react to storm weather warnings," Gray said about the system.
Other long term measures are on the way including: building more community shelters, installing more warning sirens, creating a contractor registry and using the state's universities to research and teach students how to help with recovery.
"I'm excited that our state is leading this country in all facets of preparedness and response to severe weather outbreaks," Gray added.
Critics have said the recommendations have been enacted too slowly. Gray said many of them were designed to be long-term recommendations that will take several months or years to implement. He said he feels that Alabama is on the right track to becoming better prepared.
Huntsville leaders named to new tornado councilTornado Recovery Council meets in HackleburgTornado recovery committee conducts survey in Marshall CountyState plan aims to help tornado victims prepare forMore>>
Monday, April 30 2012 12:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 04:17:45 GMT
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery. Lawrence Davis Jr. didn't imagine April 27th,More >>
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery.More >>
Sunday, April 29 2012 12:24 AM EDT2012-04-29 04:24:01 GMT
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter,More >>
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, and her father, Harold Fitzgerald, who were both killed by the storm one year ago.More >>
Thursday, April 26 2012 5:30 PM EDT2012-04-26 21:30:15 GMT
An August 29, 2011 Gov. Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC. The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recoverMore >>
The Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama researched and developed 20 key ways to improve disaster preparedness in the state.More >>
With the cleanup process under way and the death toll holding steady, federal, state and local officials are teaming up to put the pieces back together for the broken communities slashed by last week's devastating tornadoes.More >>