26 Tornadoes Confirmed In Alabama From Easter Sunday Outbreak

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National Weather Service meteorologists from Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile have identified at least twenty-six tornado tracks in Alabama.

  • EF-2 in Boaz (Etowah, Marshall, DeKalb)
  • EF-2 in Walter (Cullman)
  • EF-1 at Shiloh (DeKalb)
  • EF-1 at Johnson’s Crossing (Cullman)
  • EF-0 near Collinsville (DeKalb)
  • EF-0 near Holly Pond (Cullman)
  • EF-1 near Cold Springs (Cullman)

And from NWS Birmingham:

  • EF-1 in Ethelsville (Pickens)
  • EF-0 on AL 159 (Pickens/Fayette)
  • EF-0 in Belle Creek (Fayette)
  • EF-1 in Cedar Creek (Fayette/Walker)
  • EF-1 in Gorgas (Walker)
  • EF-2 in Bagley (Jefferson)
  • EF-0 at Whites Creek (Blount)
  • EF-1 in Locust Fork (Blount)
  • EF-2 at Blow Gourd/County Hwy 33 (Blount)
  • EF-1 at Miller’s Hollow (Etowah)
  • EF-2 in Reece City (Etowah)
  • EF-1 in Carbon Hill (Walker)
  • EF-1 at Northriver Yacht Club (Tuscaloosa)
  • EF-1 at Moore’s Valley (Marengo)
  • EF-1 at Sprott (Perry)
  • EF-0 at Sardis (Dallas Co.)

NWS Mobile confirmed three tornadoes in Southwest Alabama:

  • EF-1 in Cullomburg (Choctaw)
  • EF-1 at West Bend (Clarke)
  • EF-1 in Arlington (Wilcox)

All survey information is considered preliminary.

Boaz Tornado EF-2 (132 MPH)

KHTX velocity shows the broad rotation tighten quickly over south Boaz Sunday afternoon
.BOAZ TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    132 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9.21 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   440.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               2

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             06:22 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 SSE BOAZ / MARSHALL COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1891 / -86.1505

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               06:33 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 S CROSSVILLE / DEKALB COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.2383 / -86.0019

SUMMARY: 
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM ASSESSMENT TEAM
DETERMINED THE DAMAGE IN BOAZ, AL WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG
EF2 TORNADO WITH WINDS OF AROUND 130 MPH. 

THE TORNADO IN MARSHALL COUNTY LIKELY TOUCHED DOWN WEST OF HWY 431, 
SOUTH OF DENSON AVE. IT QUICKLY INTENSIFIED TO ITS PEAK STRENGTH 
AS IT CROSSED HWY 431 AND PLOWED THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD NORTH OF 
RODEN RD. NEARLY EVERY SINGLE HOME (DOZENS) IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD 
EXPERIENCED SOME DEGREE OF DAMAGE. THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE WAS 
NOTED FROM TWO SEPARATE SINGLE FAMILY HOMES. THE FIRST HOME, WITH 
MOST DEVASTATING DAMAGE, WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND WAS MOSTLY 
TAKEN OFF ITS FOUNDATION WITH ONLY TWO SMALL INTERIOR ROOMS  
REMAINING, WHERE THE RESIDENTS TOOK SHELTER. IT WAS NOTED HOWEVER
THAT THE ANCHORAGE SYSTEM FOR THE HOME APPEARED TO BE NON- 
EXISTENT WITH NO BOLTS OBSERVED TO THE FOUNDATION CRAWL SPACE 
PIERS. THIS LED TO A MUCH LOWER EXPECTED VALUE FOR STORM DAMAGE OF
THIS MAGNITUDE. THE SECOND HEAVILY DAMAGED HOME HAD DAMAGE 
INDICATORS MORE IN LINE WITH A STRONG EF2 TORNADO. THIS HOME, 
ALSO ON LEE AVE, EXPERIENCED A COLLAPSE OF EXTERIOR WALLS, LIKELY 
OCCURRING AFTER THE ROOF WAS TAKEN OFF. 

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON AN EAST TO NORTHEAST TRACK ACROSS AND 
ALONG BETHSAIDA RD CAUSING NUMEROUS TREES TO SNAP OR BE 
UPROOTED. SEVERAL HOUSES APPEARED TO HAVE HAD SHINGLE ROOF 
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED IN THE SOUTHERN DEKALB COUNTY AND 
CAUSED SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE BEFORE IT DISSIPATED NEAR THE 
INTERSECTION OF CR 29 AND CR 26.

Boaz Tornado Continued (Etowah County report from NWS in Birmingham)

 Sardis City Tornado (Etowah County)

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.21 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   180 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/12/2020
Start Time:             6:20 pm CDT
Location:               2 SSW Boaz
Start Lat/Lon:          34.1754/-86.1697

End Date:               04/12/2020
End Time:               6:21 pm CDT
End Location:           1 S Boaz
End Lat/Lon:            34.1871/-86.1543

Survey Summary:
A tornado started along Pleasant Hill Road and Highway 205 in far
northern Etowah County, north of the town of Mountainboro. Trees were
snapped and uprooted, some of which fell on homes. This tornado then
crossed into southern Marshall County. The NWS Huntsville office
rated this part of the track as EF-2, related to significant damage
done to homes.

Higdon/Shiloh Tornado EF-1 (95 MPH)

Baron Shear Rate shows how the storm ramped up into a tornado-producing circulation as it passed Higdon on Sunday night.
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 4/12/2020 TORNADO EVENT...

.SHILOH/HIGDON TORNADO...

RATING:                   EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    1.95 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     154 YARDS
FATALITIES:               0
INJURIES:                 0

START DATE:               APR 12 2020
START TIME:               9:50 PM CDT
START LOCATION:           1 SE HIGDON, DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA
START LAT/LON:            34.8349/-85.612

END DATE:                 APR 12 2020
END TIME:                 9:54 PM CDT
END LOCATION:             3 ESE HIGDON, DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA
END LAT/LON:              34.8372/-85.5789

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN HALF A MILE TO THE WEST 
OF SHILOH COMMUNITY CHURCH, DAMAGING A BARN. THE TORNADO MOVED 
EASTWARD ALONG COUNTY ROAD 814 APPROACHING THE COMMUNITY OF 
SHILOH. THE GREATEST STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE CHURCH, 
WITH LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOF BEING DAMAGED, AND THE WALKWAY 
COVERING BEING REMOVED FROM THE CHURCH. AT THIS POINT THE TORNADO 
WAS AT ITS WIDEST, AT 154 YARDS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING TO 
THE EAST TOWARD THE ALABAMA/GEORGIA STATE LINE. ALONG THE 
REMAINDER OF THE PATH, RELATIVELY MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED TO SEVERAL
MOBILE HOMES, PEELING BACK METAL FROM THE ROOFS, AND SNAPPING 
BOTH HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. THE TORNADO WAS EF-1 STRENGTH AT
ITS HIGHEST INTENSITY NEAR SHILOH COMMUNITY CHURCH, WITH WIND 
SPEEDS OF 95 MPH. THE TORNADO FURTHER STRENGTHENED AND BECAME 
LARGER IN SIZE AFTER IT CROSSED INTO NORTHWESTERN GEORGIA.

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 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

Collinsville Tornado EF-0 (80 MPH)

Shear rate shows the storm intensifying and forming the S-shaped shear marker over Collinsville Sunday evening
.COLLINSVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.56 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   110.0 YARDS 

FATALITIES:             0 
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             10:22 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 NNE COLLINSVILLE / DEKALB COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.2744 / -85.856

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               10:28 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 NE COLLINSVILLE / DEKALB COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.2988 / -85.8027

SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE STORM ASSESSMENT
TEAM DETERMINED THE SPORADIC AND MINOR DAMAGE NEAR COLLINSVILLE
WAS CAUSED BY AN EF-0 TORNADO. DAMAGE INDICATORS AT TOUCH DOWN
WERE NOTED AS SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED ALONG AND JUST EAST OF
N. VALLEY AVE. LARGE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED OFF TREES AS THE
TORNADO TRACKED EAST OF CR 822 BEFORE DESTROYING A SMALL BARN
SHED ALONG CR 853. 

Cullman County Tornadoes (EF-2, EF-1 and EF-0)

.JOHNSON'S CROSSING TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.42 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             09:00 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         2 S GOOD HOPE / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.0736 / -86.8747

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               09:09 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 NW HANCEVILLE / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.0937 / -86.7835

SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF BEECH GROVE ROAD 
JUST SOUTH OF GOOD HOPE BEFORE CROSSING INTERSTATE 65 NEAR MILE 
MARKER 302 WHERE DOZENS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED ON AN EAST-NORTHEAST TRACK CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 
490 AND COUNTY ROAD 573 UPROOTING DOZENS MORE TREES. AS THE 
TORNADO NEARED HIGHWAY 31 ALONG DAY GAP ROAD, IT INTENSIFIED AND 
REMOVED THE ROOF FROM A SINGLE WIDE TRAILER AND CAUSED MORE 
CONCENTRATED TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 31 AND 
CONTINUE TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST CAUSING DAMAGE TO A GAS STATION AND
UPROOTING OR SNAPPING SEVERAL MORE TREES. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST
EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 599. 

.WALTER TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   350.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             09:12 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 NW CHAMBLEES MILL / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1239 / -86.7087

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               09:16 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 SW HOLLY POND / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.1337 / -86.6669

SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 640 
NEAR THE DUCK RIVER AND MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST. ALONG ITS PATH, IT 
UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES AND REMOVED THE METAL ROOFING ON A CHICKEN
HOUSE AS IT MOVE ACROSS COUNTY ROAD 645. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED 
AS IT CROSS COUNTY ROAD 703 AND REMOVED THE ROOF OF A HOME. 
ANOTHER HOME ALONG COUNTY ROAD 781 HAD ITS ROOF REMOVED. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED BRIEFLY TO THE NORTHEAST, UPROOTING MORE TREES 
AND REMOVING THE METAL ROOFING OF A BARN. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST 
EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 771 NEAR BUZZARD BRANCH.

.WELTI TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.35 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   70.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             09:11 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 NNE HANCEVILLE / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1329 / -86.7377

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               09:12 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5 NNE HANCEVILLE / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.1297 / -86.733

SUMMARY: A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE JUNCTION OF COUNTY
ROAD 749 AND COUNTY ROAD 747 JUST SOUTH OF THE WELTI COMMUNITY. 
THE TORNADO MOVED TO THE SOUTHEAST WHERE IT UPROOTED SEVERAL TREES
AND DESTROYED A SMALL SHED. IT CROSS 747 AND UPROOTED A FEW MORE 
TREES BEFORE LIFTING EAST OF 747 NEAR GLASSCOCK CREEK.

Mississippi: Two tornadoes a mile wide or greater

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi is continuing damage survey efforts throughout central Mississippi.

Some of the notable tornadoes to impact the area include two that at times were a mile wide — one was as large as two miles wide.

.JEFFERSON DAVIS TO CLARKE COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    N/A
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  67.77 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   3520.0 YARDS (2 MILES)
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             03:11 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 SSW BASSFIELD / JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY / MS 
START LAT/LON:          31.4567 / -89.7639

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               04:28 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 NNE PACHUTA / CLARKE COUNTY / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.0637 / -88.8741

SUMMARY: WILL BE INCLUDED IN A FUTURE UPDATE. 


.LAWRENCE TO JASPER COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    N/A
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  82.61 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1800.0 YARDS (1 MILE)
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/12/2020
START TIME:             03:39 PM CST
START LOCATION:         10 SSE MONTICELLO / LAWRENCE COUNTY / MS
START LAT/LON:          31.4023 / -90.0645

END DATE:               04/12/2020
END TIME:               05:10 PM CST
END LOCATION:           8 NW PACHUTA / JASPER COUNTY / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.1307 / -88.9746

SUMMARY: WILL BE INCLUDED IN A FUTURE UPDATE.


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

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