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The April 3rd and 4th 1974 Tornado Outbreak in Alabama - Satellite Image

A tornado that leveled Guin, Alabama last April 3, cut a swath of destruction through the Bankhead National Forest and adjacent wooded areas wide enough to show up on a space view taken by a satellite 560 miles above the Earth, two scientists have discovered.

The track started at the north edge of the National Forest southeast of Decatur, and goes on almost a straight line just off the edge of the ERTS-1 image. One of the shorter tornado tracks is near the western edge of the National Forest about 12 miles northwest of the main track, and the other crosses Lewis Smith Lake about 14 miles southeast of the main swath.