The National Weather Service in Huntsville has confirmed two tornadoes from the wave of severe storms that rolled through Alabama early Sunday morning, April 14th. One tornado touched down near Pogo in Franklin County, Alabama and another shortly after hit the Aycock Heights community of Tuscumbia in Colbert County.
The National Weather Service summarized the tornado near Pogo as follows:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON COUNTY ROAD 25 OFF OF COUNTY ROAD
247. SEVERAL HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
THE TORNADO SKIPPED FURTHER NORTHEAST, SNAPPING
AND UPROOTING TREES AS IT TRAVELED TOWARD COON DOG CEMETERY. THE
TORNADO LIFTED SHORTLY BEFORE THE COLBERT COUNTY LINE AND NO
DAMAGE WAS NOTED NORTHEAST OF THE COUNTY LINE. DAMAGE WITH THIS
TORNADO WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-1 TORNADO, WHICH WAS ASSESSED AT
HAVING 100 MPH WINDS.
After completing the survey of Aycock Heights the National Weather Service concluded:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON FAR SOUTHERN RENEE DRIVE, AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE AYCOCK HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION. IT PROCEEDED TO MOVE
NORTHWARD THROUGH THE SUBDIVISION, UPROOTING AND SNAPPING NUMEROUS
HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES ALONG ITS PATH. MINOR STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THE SUBDIVISION IN THE FORM OF ROOF AND
SHINGLE DAMAGE, WITH SEVERAL UNANCHORED OUTBUILDINGS/SHEDS
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WAS AT MOST 70 YARDS WIDE WITHIN THE
SUBDIVISION. DAMAGE WITH THIS TORNADO WAS
CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-1 TORNADO, WHICH WAS ASSESSED AT HAVING 100
The National Weather Service conducted surveys both Sunday and Monday to determine where damage was caused by tornadoes and where damage was caused by winds. One area near Pleasant Site and the Cedar Creek Reservoir in Franklin County was initially thought to be potential tornado damage, but was determined to be from sporadic straight-line winds.
Separately, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed 11 tornadoes touched down across central Alabama; the National Weather Service in Mobile also confirmed one more tornado that developed in southern Alabama. That brings the total confirmed tornadoes from Sunday, April 14th up to 14 for the state of Alabama. For the year of 2019 so far, the state has recorded 54 tornadoes.