NWS Huntsville determines EF-1 tornado touched down Wednesday morning in DeKalb County

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville has determined that storm damage in DeKalb County was caused by an EF-1 tornado that moved through the region early Wednesday morning.

The tornado was on the ground for 8 minutes as it traveled along a path that extended for 3.17 miles — at times, crossing over I-59 approximately 5 miles north of Fort Payne. The slideshow below illustrates the core of the storm damage.

Below is additional information from the National Weather Service.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
330 PM CDT THU APR 1 2021

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/31/2021 TORNADO EVENT...

...LAKEWOOD TORNADO... 

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    86 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.1651 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             03/31/2021
START TIME:             05:44 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 ESE SYLVANIA / DEKALB COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.5247 / -85.7278

END DATE:               03/31/2021
END TIME:               05:52 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 SW VALLEY HEAD / DEKALB COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.524 / -85.6731

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 486 NEAR COUNTY
ROAD 603 WHERE A FEW LARGE LIMBS WERE BROKEN AND A HOUSE SUFFERED 
MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. FROM THERE, THE TORNADO TRAVELED EASTWARD WHERE
A ROW OF CHICKEN HOUSES HAD PART OF THEIR ROOFS REMOVED. IN THIS
LOCATION, ALONG COUNTY ROAD 698, A WELL ANCHORED PORCH WAS REMOVED 
FROM A MANUFACTURED HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS EASTWARD PATH
TOWARD COUNTY ROAD 952 WHERE THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED.
HERE, DOZENS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, AND ONE HOME SUSTAINED
MINOR DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF 68TH STREET NORTHWEST.    

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
EF5...VIOLENT...>200MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA. 

In addition, the Storm Prediction Center has indicated that March 2021 was the seventh most active month for tornadoes. March 2021 had the most March EF3 tornadoes in 9 years.

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