On this day in Alabama history: tornado swept through Helena

On this day in Alabama history: tornado swept through Helena
Children amid damage from the 1933 tornado that struck Helena. (Photo courtesy of the City of Helena Museum)

May 5, 1933

Early in the morning of May 5, 1933, a tornado that was at times a third of a mile wide swept through Bibb and Shelby counties. It carved a track 35 miles long, and killed 20 people as they slept. More than 150 people were injured in Helena, where rescue efforts were hampered by the darkness and the heavy rains that followed the twister.

This storm had been categorized by the National Weather Service as an F4 tornado, and destroyed most of the town of Helena.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama or visit the City of Helena Museum.

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