Touchdown! Folks in Alabama don't know whether to cheer or run when hearing the expression. Touchdown could mean that we've just won another football National Championship or it could indicate that a tornado is on the ground. I could never be a storm chaser. I'm the one the storm chases. Funnels circle around me like shark fins as I bow my head in a school hallway, kneelTouchdown! Folks in Alabama don't know whether to cheer or run when hearing the expression. Touchdown could mean that we've just won another football National Championship or it could indicate that a tornado is on the ground. I could never be a storm chaser. I'm the one the storm chases. Funnels circle around me like shark fins as I bow my head in a school hallway, kneel down in a convent, or give birth to a newborn baby wailing in unison with the tornado sirens. I huddle with toddlers in showers and beg for shelter in a McDonald's freezer. I remain a sitting duck in a second-floor apartment, and find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time while in the emergency room with storm victims.Life in the Rocket City is a thrill ride which is not for the faint of heart, this I know. So brace yourself for a front row seat on a ride through Tornado Valley! Alabama is the home of the world's deadliest twisters, and Huntsville is in the heart of the arena. Our space history is out of this world, but our tornado history will blow you away.Take a rollercoaster ride through the history of Alabama tornadoes before plunging into the gripping story of the Day of Devastation. Witness the stars falling on Alabama in 1833. Then get ready for the sky to fall! The plot twists as Huntsville's torrid tornado past comes alive in the 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak. The rollercoaster corkscrews as it encounters an unexpected twister in 1989 that slingshots the reader into the angry vortex on Airport Road. The ride cruises before taking another gut-wrenching dive that catapults its riders into an inverted twist from yet another Anderson Hills tornado in 1995. The town turns upside-down but Huntsville survives, revives, and thrives. But the worst is yet to come. Another tornado season is just around the corner. Beware of the month of April, especially on a Wednesday.The warning sirens wail, we're bombarded by softball-sized hail, and an EF3 tornado slams into the jail. It's just another day in Alabama, but the countdown clock is ticking. The next tornado warning could be "the one." Our voice drops to a whisper when we mention an EF5. We realize life is too short. The coaster accelerates. Can you feel the torque? We have no idea what's around the next bend. Suddenly, the nightmare comes true as the ride zooms out of control, this time in a free-fall on April 27, 2011. Alabama is bombarded by a record 62 tornadoes in one day. Abruptly, the ride comes to a screeching halt. The adrenaline rush subsides. You've just experienced Huntsville's Havoc. Immediately the passengers ask one another, "Do you want to ride again?" Some will and some swear, never again....
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tornado valley huntsville s havoc Reviews
I am one of those GRITS like she mentions in the book, I was born and raised in Huntsville and her descriptions of the events really takes you back to that time period. I love her stories, especially when she derails on a tangent, it makes it so fun to go back to a simpler time when kids were just kids without all the video games, tv shows, etc.The area is still recovering from the "Day of Devastation" and probably will for quite some time. The trees are still stunted and twisted when you drive through the areas, several houses are just abandoned with no windows and falling apart where people didn't have insurance and were too poor to rebuild. It's truly heartbreaking to see. The rest of the world moves on (and sometimes we do too) but driving through those areas you really realize that it changed everything for those people who were run over by a tornado.Great book, enjoyed reading it!
I enjoyed the way the book was written, the personal stories. I, too, live in Alabama and will never forget that day and night. Four days with no electricity is all we had to deal with but we also had friends who needed help with clean-up. Lots of kindly acts of service were seen for weeks afterward.
TouchingThis is an amazing story of the good bad and ugly a tornado can bring. I have been through a few tornados here in Ohio.
Really interesting memoir of tornadoes hitting Huntsville. Great tornado history.
2.5 starsThe main reason I didn't get on with this book is that it wasn't clear what it was meant to be. The title suggested it was the story of Huntsville, but there were a number of Shelly-specific flashbacks to her life and growing up, making it more like a memoir that focuses on tornadoes and other natural disasters in Alabama. The other reason comes down to editing: it feels disjointed because of the disparity between the Huntsville/Alabama stories and those which are just Shelly's life. It begins with the short urgency of stories during the tornado, then moved abruptly to a long section about Shelly's life, throwing the pacing off entirely. There were too many cutesy phrases trying to be clever but which just seemed twee rather than funny. (On a personal note, a few things grated because she suggested some things were Huntsville-specific but they really apply to Alabama as a whole. See the "Either this... or that" list on p60 for an example. Those sweeping generalizations really irked me.)It does show some of the good decisions - and bad ones - that people made during the tornadoes, the effects they had, and how planning can help. It includes some shocking statistics about the number of tornadoes and the damage they cause, along with stories of families spared, debris scattered, and possessions found hundreds of miles away. It shows how communities from all over the state, the Southeast and the U.S. came together during the relief effort to offer whatever they could, and confesses the guilt that non-affected people felt, the guilt of being lucky.So all in all, if you want to know more about Alabama and the April 2011 tornadoes do pick this up, but be aware that it is self-published and contains many flaws that a good publisher and editor would have fixed.
Life in the Rocket City is a thrill ride which is not for the faint of heart, this I know. So brace yourself for a front row seat on a ride through Tornado Valley!Alabama is the home of the world's deadliest twisters, and Huntsville, Alabama is in the heart of the arena. Since I live in Iowa we are familiar with Tornados, and the Tornado warnings and sirens. I've run next door to my neighbors and their basement quite a few times, since I moved to this area almost 16 years ago. I remember 11:00 pm, one night my husband woke me up after the sirens went off and we headed to the neighbors house, they opened the door and said, "head for the basement" which of course we did. But, everything turned out alright, just some rain and wind. I found this book interesting and awarded it 3 falling stars. This book was also a free book from Amazon and is a part of my Kindle library.
I always thought "Stars Fell on Ålabama" was just a popular song. The author uses the event (a remarkable meteor shower) which occurred in 1833 as a metaphor for the series of tornados that have plagued Huntsville in more recent times. While not officially part of what is known as Tornado Alley, Huntsville has had several F4 tornados and as part of a cluster of tornados has had two F5 tornados in the same day.Ms. Miller writes from personal experience having lived through these weather phenomena.
A witty and humorous writer, even while writing about the chaos and heartbreak endured by so many through the awful tornado outbreaks in Alabama. I would love for her to write some fiction. I'm sure it would be brilliant!
A harrowing account of a major tornado outbreak.
Book was okay. Author is very humorous most of the book but middle half of book could have been pared down.