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Saved by ‘the grace of God’: The story of an April 27, 2011 miracle in Tuscaloosa

Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the April 27, 2011 severe weather that devastated Alabama.

On that day a decade ago, a series of long-track tornadoes tore through Alabama in three waves across 35 of the state’s 67 counties. The unprecedented event claimed the lives of 254 Alabamians, injured more than 2,000 others, and destroyed homes, businesses and much more.

Katie Boyd Britt, the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, was living in Tuscaloosa at the time with her husband, Wesley Britt (the former star football player of University of Alabama who went on to play for the New England Patriots), and their two young children who were one- and two-years-old at the time, respectively.

Like many across Alabama, the Britts will never forget that day.

In a powerful video released Tuesday, Katie and Wesley share the story of the miracle they experienced on April 27, 2011 — a story of how they survived. While their home was obliterated, their faith in God was strengthened for life.


The Britt Family Reflection – bcatoday

“I will never forget that day, nor the grace of God that saved us,” said Katie Boyd Britt in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “You never truly understand the power of faith, until faith is all you have. That day, Wesley and I took our children as the deadly tornadoes approached our home, sought shelter and prayed.”

“I cannot thank everyone who helped our family during this difficult time, and I have no doubt that it was the grace of God that protected us. It’s that same abundant grace I take with me every day as I walk in gratitude for our Lord,” she continued. “Our family prays for those still recovering from the devastation. While the tornadoes were temporary, the impact they have had on our community will be forever.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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