An ongoing tornado outbreak strikes the Gulf Coast of the United States, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a rare tornado emergency for areas east of Houston, Texas.
Sources: The New York Times
Sources: The New York Times
The United States orders the closure of China's consulate in Houston. Morgan Ortagus, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State, says that the United States directed the consulate's closure "in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information". The Chinese government condemns the "outrageous and unjustified" move and threatens countermeasures against the United States.
A massive two mile wide tornado strikes south of the US city of Oklahoma City, causing widespread damage and causing the National Weather Service to issue a rare tornado emergency. 24 people are killed.
George H. W. Bush is admitted in stable condition to The Methodist Hospital of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The 88-year-old served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 till 1993 and was hospitalized due to a severe cough and bronchitis but is expected to be discharged within 72 hours.
Two tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa County in the US state of Alabama causing extensive damage, with the main strongest wedge tornado crossing over the state of Alabama and affecting the Gadsden Metropolitan Area. [http:--blog.al.com-spotnews-2011-04-ema_reports_people_trapped_in.html ("Birmingham News")]Extreme storms in Alabama cause the temporary closure of three Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear reactors and knocking out eleven high-voltage power lines. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-2011-04-27-us-utilities-tva-storms-idUSTRE73Q98920110427?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&dlvrit=60573 (Reuters)]The Downtown Tuscaloosa tornado passes over the University of Alabama campus close to the Bryant-Denny Stadium.[http:--www.timesdaily.com-article-20110427-NEWS-110429812?Title=Witness-South-part-of-Phil-Campbell-is-just-gone-12-confirmed-dead-or-missing (Times Daily)] [http:--www.thestate.com-2011-04-27-1795745-forecasters-say-severe-storms.html (The State)]date=August 2019 [https:--web.archive.org-web-20110502070856-http:--www.waff.com-story-14527806-very-large-tornado-on-ground-in-tuscaloosa ("WAFF")]At least 54 people have died in the storms of Tuesday and Wednesday with 40 people dead in Alabama, five in Mississippi and one in Arkansas. [http:--blog.al.com-montgomery-2011-04-ema_6_confirmed_dead_as_a_resu.html ("Montgomery News")] [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-us-canada-13217726 (BBC)] [https:--news.yahoo.com-s-nm-20110428-ts_nm-us_weather (Reuters via Yahoo News)] [http:--news.blogs.cnn.com-2011-04-27-possible-tornado-touches-down-in-alabama-damage-reported- (CNN)] [http:--www.google.com-hostednews-afp-article-ALeqM5hYcw3VQ5dUuvh8lKilJoaAfDd4ww?docId=CNG.fb6d5467c8dc5b3160c4939c2d753569.171 (AFP via Google News)] [http:--www.myfoxmemphis.com-dpp-news-local-storms-kill-54-around-south,-including-40-in-ala.-apx-20110427 (Fox News)]Storms cause numerous power outages in Alabama; more than 176,000 in Birmingham, Alabama are left without electricity. [http:--www.cbs42.com-content-localnews-story-Power-Outages-xwFqXDr5iUyhU8vxIlRJoA.cspx (CBS42)]At least 9 people are killed in Mississippi by the outbreak. [http:--www.clarionledger.com-article-20110427-NEWS-110427004-Deadly-tornado-outbreak-devastates-Mississippi?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE ("Clarion Ledger")]date=May 2020 Tornado watches affect areas from Northern Georgia to Upstate New York. [http:--www.wggb.com-Global-story.asp?S=14527002 (ABC 40)]date=August 2019 [http:--www2.wspa.com-news-2011-apr-27-24-flooding-danger-through-wednesday-western-nc-upsta-ar-1764938- ("News Channel 7")]date=August 2019 A local National Weather Service building is evacuated as a tornado passes over its radar site and it temporarily switches operations to Mobile in the same state of Alabama.Reports of gas leaks from Birmingham, Alabama. [http:--blog.al.com-spotnews-2011-04-major_gas_leaks_reported_throu.html ("Al.com")]At least 9 people are killed in Mississippi by the outbreak. [http:--www.clarionledger.com-article-20110427-NEWS-110427004-Deadly-tornado-outbreak-devastates-Mississippi?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE ("Clarion Ledger")]date=May 2020