Forecasters: Alabama recorded 78 tornadoes in ’08

Published 10:20 am Monday, November 3, 2008

Its been a record year for tornadoes in Alabama, so says the National Weather Service.

According to meteorologists, mother nature spawned 78 twisters through August of this year. That breaks a previous record of 77 tornadoes in 2005.

The dangerous storms were responsible for five fatalities and 70 injuries statewide.

NWS said the worst tornado outbreak in 19 years occurred Feb. 6 when two violent EF4 twisters touched down in the Tennessee Valley.

The highest number of injuries occurred Feb. 17 when two strong tornadoes touched down near Prattville and were on the ground for 25 miles.