by Jason Mabe
April 27, 2011, is a day that will forever live in infamy for millions of people across the Central, Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic portions of the United States. For on this day, many of us found out what it truly means to be blessed. For those who may not remember, it was a day where 216 tornadoes (360 over a 48 hour period) tore their way through many areas leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake. The numbers were staggering: 21 states had tornadoes, four of them were the highest EF-5 rating, over 12 billion dollars in damage, 324 deaths and over 3,100 injuries. Virginia even had 19 tornadoes during this window. The reason this day stands out for me is that I lived in Alabama during that time, where there were 238 deaths, 58 Tornadoes, including two that came within a mile of my house during the morning and evening outbreaks.