NWS Huntsville determines a second EF-1 tornado touched down in Cullman County Wednesday night


The National Weather Service in Huntsville stated Thursday that a second tornado touched down in Cullman County, near Fairview and Baileyton, on Wednesday night.

The first tornado touched down at roughly 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in an area near I-65 and US 31.

The second tornado touched down in northeast Cullman County, near Fairview and Baileyton, about three hours after the first tornado.

Below is additional information about this tornado from the National Weather Service.

231 PM CDT Fri Mar 19 2021

...NWS Damage Survey For 3/17/2021 Tornado Event - Update #1...

.Update...Updated Fairview tornado track to extend the track
to the southwest. Additional information is still required for
damage in the Gold Ridge area because that may overlap somewhat
with the Fairview tornado track.

.Fairview Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.47 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/17/2021
Start Time:             9:31 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 SW Fairview / Cullman County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          34.1997 / -86.7521

End Date:               03/17/2021
End Time:               9:43 PM CDT
End Location:           2 WNW Baileyton / Cullman County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            34.2761 / -86.6398

Additional surveying on Friday March 19 indicates that the
tornado began north of County Road 1605, between CR 1609 and CR
1610. Initially, branches were broken, but the tornado began
snapping tree trunks as it crossed CR 747 and CR 1630. The tornado
continued northeast and crossed CR 1635, uprooting multiple
trees, pulling some roofing material from a site-built home, and
damaging or destroying several sheds.

From there, the tornado tracked along Alabama Highway 69, causing
minor roof damage to a shed, snapping and uprooting several
trees, and severely damaging a detached garage. The tornado
continued north of Fairview along Welcome Drive and CR 1568,
snapping trees and causing roof damage to large farm outbuildings.
Roof and tree damage was most significant on CR 1568 and 1569
northeast of Fairview: a large portion of roofing was removed from
a house, numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, several large
agricultural sheds were demolished, and several chicken houses had
roofing and siding removed. At this point, the tornado reached
its peak width of approximately 50 yards and peak intensity of 100
MPH. The final damage of note was observed along CR 1579 where a
few more trees were snapped and the roof was peeled back from a
large shed. Little additional damage was noted northeast of this
location, so the end point is placed east of CR 1579 and south of
CR 1570.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.



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