Buc-ee’s will be adding a new location over here in north central Alabama along I-65.
And there’s a curiosity about the spot they chose. It’s the site of a EF5 tornado during the “Super outbreak“ April 2011, which by coincidence was the same path of a F5 tornado from another super outbreak in 1974.
There was also a tornado that followed the 2011 one just half hour later.
I was almost there at the same place with the intent of recording a tornado on video camera, thinking it was the best chance of getting that one. Was just going to wait ahead of it at the overpass.
Changed my mind at the last minute and went to the small town of Arab to the east instead. Got there just behind another one. Probably only 5 to 10 minutes afterward. Even though that much time had past, as I turned my car around in the traffic jam that was building up, I saw something that looked like a plywood panel fluttering down out of the sky. Got that on camera.
Of course, it wasn’t until I got home and found out, I would’ve been in the worst possible place had I gone north to the I-65 overpass.
Or best for the video if my life didn’t matter. Also didn’t know how powerful of a tornado it was going to be either. That one left only foundations of houses after it was over.