1994 Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak

A map of that day's tornado tracks

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Seventeen years ago today, the 1994 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak was the third notable tornado outbreak that occurred on Palm Sunday, and the second to take place in the southeastern United States. This one was on March 27, 1994. It was the most notable tornado event of the year.

A very intense supercell thunderstorm formed a wall cloud 1-mile (1.6 km) southwest of Ragland in St. Clair County, Alabama. A tornado spun out of the storm and headed toward Piedmont. At 11:39 a.m., an F4 tornado slammed into the Goshen United Methodist Church collapsing the roof on a congregation during a Palm Sunday service. It claimed 20 lives and injured 90. The tornado was an F4 on the Fujita scale. The supercell that formed this tornado ended up tracking for 200 miles (320 km) to South Carolina.

Forty-two people were killed in the outbreak and 320 were injured. A total of 27 tornadoes ripped through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, causing $140 million in damage.

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