The Britt Family Remembers April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the April 27, 2011 severe weather that devastated Alabama.

On that day a decade ago, a series of long-track tornadoes tore through Alabama in three waves across 35 of the state’s 67 counties. The unprecedented event claimed the lives of 254 Alabamians, injured more than 2,000, and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Katie Boyd Britt, the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, was living in Tuscaloosa at the time with her husband, Wesley, and their two young children.

Like many across Alabama, Katie and Wesley will never forget that day. In the below video, they share their powerful story and reflect on the anniversary:

“I will never forget that day, nor the grace of God that saved us,” said Katie Boyd Britt. “You never truly understand the power of faith, until faith is all you have. That day, Wesley and I took our children as the deadly tornadoes approached our home, sought shelter and prayed.

“I cannot thank everyone who helped our family during this difficult time, and I have no doubt that it was the grace of God that protected us. It’s that same abundant grace I take with me every day as I walk in gratitude for our Lord,” she continued. “Our family prays for those still recovering from the devastation. While the tornadoes were temporary, the impact they have had on our community will be forever.”