Tornadoes, straight line winds cause damage in Tennessee Valley

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The National Weather Service in Huntsville said Friday that storm damage found along the Alabama-Tennessee state line near US 231 and Hunter Road was caused by an EF-0 tornado that produced maximum estimated peak winds of 80 mph. It was on the ground for a little over 2.5 miles and it was 75 yards wide. The tornado uprooted hardwood trees, some of which landed on a house on the north side of Hunter Road.

In addition, two EF-1 tornadoes were detected in Marshall and DeKalb counties.

An EF-1 tornado was detected roughly 6 miles northeast of Albertville in Marshall County, with estimated peak wind speeds of 95 mph. The tornado was on the ground for less than half a mile, and it was 25 yards wide. It damaged a number of trees near the intersection of Gaines Circle and Gaines Drive.

An EF-1 tornado producing maximum estimated wind speeds of 95 mph was detected about 3 miles south-southeast of Fyffe in DeKalb County. The tornado was on the ground for no more than 2 minutes with a path length of a little over half a mile and it was 25 yards wide. The tornado damaged two chicken houses located near the corner of County Road 311 and County Road 50.

The National Weather Service also notes that damage reported in east Madison, west Huntsville along US 72 was caused by straight line wind.  Straight line winds can often cause just as much damage as an EF0 or EF1 tornado, only the wind is blowing in a straight line as opposed to a twisting motion.

Below are damage reports from across the region.

Madison County

Storm damage found along the Alabama-Tennessee state line near US 231 and Hunter Road was caused by an EF-0 tornado that produced maximum estimated peak winds of 80 mph. It was on the ground for a little over 2.5 miles and it was 75 yards wide. The tornado uprooted hardwood trees, some of which landed on a house on the north side of Hunter Road.

Marshall County

An EF-1 tornado was detected roughly 6 miles northeast of Albertville in Marshall County, with estimated peak wind speeds of 95 mph. The tornado was on the ground for less than half a mile, and it was 25 yards wide. It damaged a number of trees near the intersection of Gaines Circle and Gaines Drive.

Jackson County

DeKalb County

An EF-1 tornado producing maximum estimated wind speeds of 95 mph was detected about 3 miles south-southeast of Fyffe in DeKalb County. The tornado was on the ground for no more than 2 minutes with a path length of a little over half a mile and it was 25 yards wide. The tornado damaged two chicken houses located near the corner of County Road 311 and County Road 50.

 

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