Deadly Alabama Tornado History

Alabama has a long record of tornadoes yet in the past few years the danger has become even better known. As disaster struck on April 27, 2011 while fatal tornadoes ripped through the state in the middle of the night leaving a path of death and destruction miles long people became acutely aware of the unpredictability of these storms.

This is a recurring danger for residents of the state as tornadoes have actually been known to happen almost anytime year round. Community shelters are being developed some areas however not as rapidly in others. Numerous locals are being advised to consider including a storm security plan at home in the form of a in-ground tornado shelter or storm cellar.

Adding a tornado shelter to your home makes certain families always have a safe place to go in a weather condition emergency. Now Alabama residents have access to a much more durable, reliable and reputable shelter, the Granger ISS. Families around the United States have selected the Granger ISS for their home safety plan. Looking at the statistics of Alabama and it’s recent destruction still fresh in the minds of its residents it is easy to see why more people there are adding a tornado shelter to their home.

Tornado data from 2010 to 2013 is as follows:  (Statistics courtesy of the NOAA)

Alabama Tornado Statistics

1947 to 2012 (Statistics Courtesy of the NOAA)

  2010 2011 2012 2013
Total Number of Tornadoes 37 145 55 23
Estimated Number of Injuries 53 3,369 80 13
Number of Deaths 0 265 3 0
Path Length of All Tornadoes
225.3 miles
1734.4 miles
383.7 miles
186.6 miles
Average Path Length
6.1 miles
11.96 miles
7.0 miles
8.3 miles
Average Width
214 yards
387 yards
264.4 yards
327.0 yards
Longest Path Length Individual Tornado 
39.86 miles
132 miles
39.8 miles
68.4 miles
Largest Width Individual Tornado 
1320 yards
1.5 miles
900 yards
.75 miles
Number of EF0 Tornadoes 13 36 20 4
Number of EF1 Tornadoes 17 54 21 16
Number of EF2 Tornadoes 3 31 12 3
Number of EF3 Tornadoes 3 12 2 0
Number of EF4 Tornadoes 1 9 0 0
Number of EF5 Tornadoes 0 3 0 0


Alabama Tornado Videos

In the video below, YouTube user Jason Rosolowski takes incredible footage of the April 27, 2011 Tornado that hits Tuscaloosa, Alabama! Watch the incredible video below!

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado Video- April 27, 2011

Lake Martin Tornado Damage

In the video below, John Coley of Lake Martin Voice Realty shows video of some of the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 Tornado.

Lake Martin Alabama Tornado Damage- April 27, 2011

Birmingham, Alabama Tornado

Watch in the video below as bunnyblues of YouTube takes video footage of an extremely LARGE Tornado bearing down on Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham, Alabama Tornado- April 27, 2011

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado Video- April 27, 2011

Watch the amazing video footage below from John Brown at to see footage from the infamous April 27, 2011 that damaged a number of Alabama communities, including this footage of destruction to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado April 27, 2011

Tornado Shelter Features

Granger's in-ground tornado shelter has components featured only in this system. Style, size and materials all play into this remarkable shelter.

Weighing only 1300 lbs. the Granger ISS is easy to ship, move and install. Moving the unit is easy as it was designed with four stainless steel lanyards making it simple to lift and strap. This also allows for easier installations in smaller areas utilizing much smaller equipment than other shelters need.

The Granger ISS tornado shelter comes standard with a 5 layer panel FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 exceeding door. The exterior panel is offered in a range of colors while the interior of the door is always white like the body of the unit. This allows for optimal light reflection. The ISS door also has a gas shock system for much easier entry and exit than many units. There are three interior locks for utmost safety and handrails for extra security upon entrance.

The rotationally molded polyethylene physical body of this underground shelter has dual wall construction providing the most sturdy shelter design readily available. The 1/2" exterior and 1/2" interior walls are filled with VOC exempt dimensionally safe foam. This assures extraordinary rigidity, uncomplicated installation in almost any kind of situation and increased condensation resistance. This also allows for the Granger ISS to be installed in many areas that other shelters might be restricted by. Such issues as high water tables, difficult soil conditions or tight locations are not a problem for the ISS.

Other attributes of the Granger ISS are a generous seating area, LED light, two sources of ventilation, simple 3 step entry, custom color doors and the easiest, fastest installation offered. Every Granger ISS has an unparalleled lifespan of storm protection for generations. See why the Granger ISS is the United State's leading tornado shelter option!

The Granger ISS Tornado Shelter has industry leading features that no other Stom Shelter has including:

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  • FEMA 320 specification exceeding Storm Shelter door
  • Double Wall Foam Filled Construction
  • Industry leading door offering 5 layers of protection!
  • 3 Step Molded Entrance (Not a Ladder Style Entrance!)
  • Articulating Handrails to assist entry to Storm Shelter
  • Battery operated LED lighting system included!
  • Lifetime warranty against cracking, leaking and floating!
  • Molded in circular seating
  • 2 Gas assisted shocks for easy door opening & closing
  • 3 point locking system for extra security!
  • Carpet
  • Molded in 4" ventilation
  • Longest functioning life span of ANY storm shelter
  • Internationally recognized manufacturing leader
  • Rotationally Molded Vent Cap
  • 500+ year life span!
  • No anchoring required for typical installations!
  • Tornado Survivor: Granger ISS Shelter Choice "No Brainer"

    One Alabama Tornado survivor says that her choice of a Granger ISS Tornado shelter was a "no brainer". Read the story below to learn about one tornado survivors experience and their underground shelter choice.

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    Tornado Shelter Customers on National TV

    Watch the story below as the nationally televised program "The List" talks to some Granger ISS shelter consumers who say that the shelter was "money well spent".

    Read the tornado shelter features to learn about the industry leading features provided by the Granger ISS Underground Storm Shelter.

    World Class Tornado Shelter Manufacturing

    The Granger ISS In-ground Storm Shelter is produced by rotational molding specialist Granger Plastics Company. Granger Plastics is known worldwide for the highest quality and skill. Relied on by many industries to produce life saving items Granger has the experience to keep your family safe.

    For those desiring to supply additional defense from many common emergencies Granger now offers the Granger ISS in-ground shelter door with an UL examined bullet resistant panel! With numerous interior and exterior setup options available this added panel upgrade conveniently transforms your underground shelter in to an enhanced panic space providing your home maximum safety! Read about the Granger ISS Tornado Shelters by clicking here!