Tracking the Tornado of Our Nightmares
It was Old Testament, even for the Bible Belt. The black monster, 25 blocks wide, mowed trees like blades of grass and obliterated brick houses, spawning side tornadoes as it roared through. “When I saw it, I saw death,” said one witness to the 2011 Alabama twister that killed 72 people and barely missed a nuclear plant. America experiences 75 percent of the planet’s twisters, which are disproportionately fatal in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, where survivors share haunting memories and pray for mercy as a new season breaks.