On November 22, 1874, a giant storm rolled through Tuscumbia Alabama. 300 people were left homeless and the storm caused an estimated half a million dollars in damages. The storm came like the sound of rushing thunder'(Atlanta Constitution), catching the town while it slept, around 8P.M. The townspeople reportedly organized quickly and appointed a leader to oversee repairs. A tornado the equivalent of a modern day F4 had struck the town destroying over 100 homes (out of about 300), killing 14 and injuring 30. The same storm system demolished the town of Montevallo.
"Tragedy of the Storm," Atlanta Constitution, November 24, 1874, 1.