An EF-1 tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Huntsville early Friday morning. Damage found reflected a weak tornado in far western Colbert County off Allsboro Road southwest of Cherokee. The National Weather Service said it formed from a super cell that crossed the Alabama/Mississippi border on Wednesday.
Here is what that radar signature looked like around 5pm Wednesday evening. That was a very impressive storm coming out of the Tishomingo County, Mississippi. That’s the one that moved into Colbert County.
This is the Storm Relative Velocity. Red represents wind moving away from the radar and green moving toward the radar. The brighter the color, the stronger the wind. When the two are together, that represents very strong winds that are blowing in opposite directions. That’s how you get that ‘spin’ in a tornado.
This is the reflectivity. It’s hard to see a tornado with this, but that circle northeast of Tishomingo is a good representation of a possible tornado.
Here is a clip from that storm as it moved into Colbert County.
Here is a look at the text from the National Weather Service:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1018 AM CST FRI FEB 7 2020...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 2/5/2020 TORNADO EVENT....OVERVIEW...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN COLBERT CO.
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 88 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.32 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 60.0 YARDS
START DATE: 02/05/2020
START TIME: 05:18 PM CST
START LOCATION: 6 ENE TISHOMINGO MS / COLBERT COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON: 34.6617 / -88.1282
END DATE: 02/05/2020
END TIME: 05:25 PM CST
END LOCATION: 7 ENE TISHOMINGO MS / COLBERT COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON: 34.6648 / -88.1055
COLBERT COUNTY EMA, IN COLLABORATION WITH NWS HUNTSVILLE
METEOROLOGISTS, RELAYED PICTURES AND DETAILED INFORMATION OF
DAMAGE IN FAR WESTERN COLBERT COUNTY. AFTER CROSS-REFERENCING
THE EMA REPORTS AND PICTURES TO RADAR DATA AND NEAR-STORM
ENVIRONMENT OBSERVATIONS, NWS HUNTSVILLE DETERMINED THE DAMAGE
WAS CONSISTENT WITH A WEAK EF-1 TORNADO, WITH PEAK WINDS OF
THE TORNADO UPROOTED A COUPLE TREES NEAR PETERTOWN RD,
WHICH RUNS PARALLEL TO THE MS/AL BORDER AND CONTINUED SLIGHTLY
NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD ALLSBORO RD. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED
ALLSBORO RD, IT CAUSED MORE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE ALONG BISHOP LN.
SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED WHILE A FEW SOFTWOODS WERE SNAPPED.
STRUCTURE DAMAGE, IN THE FORM OF SMALL FARM BUILDINGS/SHEDS, WAS
OBSERVED FURTHER DOWN BISHOP LN. THESE STRUCTURES SUSTAINED ROOF
DAMAGE WHILE ONE BUILDING ALSO HAD A COLLAPSE OF ITS WALLS.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD AND UPROOTED TWO MORE TREES BEFORE
LIFTING ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE EAST OF ALLSBORO RD.
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.