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Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Tornado Survivor Tea Glass (Gone)

In 2011, Tuscaloosa was devastated by a mile-wide EF4/5 tornado. A giant oak tree fell in front of a local deli, which then carved the stump into a replica glass of its sweet tea.

McAlisters Deli

McAlisters Deli. From the University of Alabama campus, go south on Hackberry Lane and turn left (west) at the traffic light onto 15th St. McAlisters is about four blocks ahead on the right, at the corner of 15th St. and 1st Ave.
June 2019: Reported gone.

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Tornado Tea.

Tornado Survivor Tea Glass

Unfortunately, this attraction is rotting away.

[Yvette Pryor, 06/01/2019]

Tree stump carved into a cup of sweet tea.

Tornado Survivor Tea Glass

On April 27, 2011, Tuscaloosa was devastated by a mile-wide EF4/5 tornado that ripped through the heart of the city. McAlister's Deli was on the edge of the storm's path. A giant oak tree that stood in front was destroyed, but the restaurant suffered minor damage compared to the surrounding buildings. A few months later, what remained of the tree was carved into a giant glass of McAlister's sweet tea. It serves as a symbol of hope and regrowth for the city. When life hands you a lemon (or a tornado) make it into a giant sweet tea!

[Big Al Gnome, 08/07/2012]

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