TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The preliminary damage survey has been released by the National Weather Service in Huntsville in regards to Monday’s storms. They have confirmed two EF2 tornadoes, the first, as reported, earlier in Kilpatrick and the second in Fyffe and Shiloh, which after more damage assessment was upgraded to EF2 strength.
The Kilpatrick tornado was 4.3 miles long and 220 yards wide, with peak wind speeds at 125 mph. The Fyffe and Shiloh tornado was a little longer and bigger at 5.9 miles, and 350 yards wide, with peak wind speeds at 120 mph.
The damage in Albertville was determined to be due to straight line wind, with speeds between 90-100 mph. Damage in Fort Payne was also due to straight line wind, with speeds between 90-105 mph. Both wind speeds are comparable to an EF1 tornado. More information continues to come in, we will update you when it becomes available. For more details on the two tornadoes and straight line wind events, click here: More Info.
The NWS teams also surveyed Cullman County around Brushy Pond, Logan, Good Hope and Smith Lake; they have determined that the damage done there was caused by thunderstorm wind gusts between 60 and 100 MPH. The damage did not look to be the result of a tornado according to the NWS meteorologists. You can see more at this NWS link.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed an EF-1 tornado from Monday in Sardis City in the northern edge of Etowah County. Winds were in the 95 to 105 MPH range, and it was on the ground for 7.9 miles: more from the NWS B’ham.