Alabamians commemorate 2-year anniversary of deadly tornado outbreak

Gov. Robert Bentley was joined by residents of the state of Alabama in remembering the devastating tornado outbreak that took place two years ago today.

Families lost loved ones, homes and businesses were destroyed and Alabamians were left to pick up the pieces of their lives.

— Gov.Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) April 27, 2013

Today, we remember those we lost in the April 2011 storms, and we honor those who survived.

— Gov.Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) April 27, 2013

The road to recovery has not been easy, and we will continue to rebuild our lives, homes, businesses, schools and our state.

— Gov.Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) April 27, 2013

I am proud of the progress Alabama has made, and I know that we will continue to heal.

— Gov.Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) April 27, 2013

Sen. Jeff Sessions also released a statement.

Sessions issued a statement on the two-year anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in Alabama: 1.usa.gov/14YCEQE

— Sen. Jeff Sessions (@SenatorSessions) April 27, 2013

“April 27th marks the two-year anniversary of the tornado outbreak that swept across Alabama. We continue to pray for those who lost their loved ones in these tragic storms. The devastation and aftermath will not soon be forgotten, but the everlasting impression will be of the resolve and pride the people of Alabama showed in aiding and caring for their fellow citizens in a time of great need. Today, we remember the lives lost, the towns affected, and the spirit of the people in this great state. I have seen first-hand the inspiring redevelopment, and we must be committed to seeing these rebuilding efforts through to ensure a full recovery.”

RT @wxhistorian: 4/27/2011: 252 dead in one of Alabama’s worst #tornado outbreaks ever.#ALWX

— Joel Aldridge (@tanjabama) April 27, 2013

You don’t appreciate what you have till its gone. #April27 #Tornado #MyHomeWasAffected

— Katelyn Sharie Payne (@KayKay1434) April 27, 2013

RT @markmazzarello: Two years later we remember, and for the rest of our lives, we won’t forget April 27, 2011 #TTownNeverDown

— Hunter Johnson (@HunterLJohnson) April 27, 2013

Always remembering the victims from the Alabama Tornado outbreak from 2 years ago. Never forget being in B’ham that day. #April27 #PrayersUp

— Rhett Lashlee (@rhettlashlee) April 27, 2013

2 yrs ago today Tuscaloosa,Alabama was hit by a F4 tornado. I huddled in a small closet as my house was being destroyed, some things will

— Liz Cox-Harrell (@beachfreak4864) April 27, 2013

Here’s a chart of the many tornadoes that passed through the state on that day.

Tornado tracks for April 27, 2011 outbreak. 4 EF5s, dozens of EF3+. Smithville, MS; Tuscaloosa, AL.. etc devastated twitter.com/reedtimmerTVN/…

— Reed Timmer (@reedtimmerTVN) April 27, 2013

Some have posted chilling images of the storms and devastation left behind.

I liked a @youtube video youtu.be/p6yL2PZYMlY?a Tornado footage by James spann 4/27/11 Tuscaloosa Alabama

— Pariz1Main bitch ahh (@pariz1mainbitch) April 27, 2013

MT @stormchaserben Pic:Regenerated Tuscaloosa/Jefferson Cty tornado touching down(frm Hidden Ridge Dr in Margaret AL) twitter.com/StormchaserBen…

— BarouskiDave (@TornadoesDave) April 27, 2013

How powerful is a tornado? A pic I took 2 years ago in Pleasant Grove, AL of wheelbarrow that met a truck. ow.ly/i/1Z8vv @spann

— Traylor Lovvorn (@tlovvorn) April 27, 2013

2 years ago. Tornado hit our plant in Tuscaloosa. This pic was taken by our plant manager. twitter.com/Gwgerg/status/…

— greg williams (@Gwgerg) April 27, 2013

Those who lost their lives will not be forgotten.

Remember the April 27th Tornado victims

— SkeetBonerofAlabama (@HezSoKrayzee) April 27, 2013

Remembering 4/27 as I now live where the tornado ripped through and lost great people #godblessthatfamily

— Kirsten Evans (@kirstenlacey15) April 27, 2013

2 years ago today that tornado hit us in ringgold.. Exit 348.. Everybody show respect and don’t forget all the loved ones that were lost!!

— Arron Gribble (@arron_gribble) April 27, 2013

2 years ago, tornado outbreak rocks AL.We remember those who are no longer with us, and we remember the strength of this great state.

— Ashley McDonald (@McDonaldWeather) April 27, 2013

Bless those who lost their lives, families and homes in the tornados of April 27, 2011.#WeAreAlabama

— Charles Bloom (@CharlesBloomSC) April 27, 2013

Its been 2 years since “the” tornado. So many families, businesses, & communities, continue to rebuild their lives. Prayers. #WeAreAlabama

— Niki Noto (@NikiNoto) April 27, 2013

2 years ago today. #neverforget #ttownneverdown #April27 #tornado I love my #Tuscaloosa

— Wanda (@EllaSalter) April 27, 2013

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