1998-04-08: Oak Grove/Concord/McDonald's Chapel, AL F5

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Today marks 24 years since an F5 tornado killed 32 in the western suburbs of Birmingham, AL. While the better known "Forgotten F5" hit Lawrence County, TN 8 days later, I've always felt that the Oak Grove F5 of April 8th, 1998 has also been somewhat forgotten. This tornado has personal meaning to me, since I was staying at Children's Hospital in Birmingham that night, and if the tornado hadn't lifted, the high rises in downtown were next in the path, including where I was staying.

Instead of doing a whole write up, I'm going to attach a link to the page NWS Birmingham has for the storm. It is the original write up from 1998, including damage photos, radar images, and environmental data.

 
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The ground rowing will stay burned into my brain…up and down hills. Jarrell 97’ and Moore 99’ caused many to forget this nightmare.