April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011 | Cordova, AL was hit 2 times by deadly tornadoes on April 27, 2011 - once at 5:30 am and again late the same afternoon. This is the 4th anniversary of the destruction that hit many places in Alabama but I share these portraits of survivors of the storms. Each have their own harrowing tale of escape and in some cases how they were trapped under rubble.

This family was luckily not at home or they probably would be dead based on the way their house was ripped to shreds. 

This family was luckily not at home or they probably would be dead based on the way their house was ripped to shreds. 

Yvonne - she sits on what is left of her place of employment. The only thing she grabbed on her way to safety in the restaurant's bathroom was her cigarettes and 6 pack of Coke. 

Yvonne - she sits on what is left of her place of employment. The only thing she grabbed on her way to safety in the restaurant's bathroom was her cigarettes and 6 pack of Coke. 

Kevin's house was in a valley outside of the town. Half of his property was destroyed with Tornado #1 and the second half was destroyed with Tornado #2. In spite of that he remained a positive guy as he stands with his wife and daughter for a portrait. 

Kevin's house was in a valley outside of the town. Half of his property was destroyed with Tornado #1 and the second half was destroyed with Tornado #2. In spite of that he remained a positive guy as he stands with his wife and daughter for a portrait. 

I cannot remember his name but he posed at the door to the basement under city hall where he found his escape and protection. 

I cannot remember his name but he posed at the door to the basement under city hall where he found his escape and protection. 

I believe this couple owned the barber shop in town. His wife asked me, "Can I grab my flag real quick? It was the only thing that survived." 

I believe this couple owned the barber shop in town. His wife asked me, "Can I grab my flag real quick? It was the only thing that survived." 

This is the first person I met once I arrived in Cordova. A nurse. She told me stories of how she didn't sleep while tirelessly working triage on many injured survivors in the hours following the tornado's touchdown.  

This is the first person I met once I arrived in Cordova. A nurse. She told me stories of how she didn't sleep while tirelessly working triage on many injured survivors in the hours following the tornado's touchdown.