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Another Tornado Track Found in the Boaz/Sardis City Area

Posted on: 5:34 pm, March 21, 2013, by

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed a fourth tornado in the Tennessee Valley area from Monday’s storms: Boaz and Sardis City’s storm damage was caused by an EF-1 tornado.

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  • Tree damage

  • Destroyed building

  • Tornado damage

  • Damage to a shed

  • Damaged barn

  • Debris and tree damage

  • Large tree uprooted

  • Mobile home turned over in the EF-1 tornado

  • Steel drum thrown a distance in the tornado

  • Damaged barn

  • Tornado damage

  • Power poles knocked over

  • Large tree uprooted

  • Destroyed home in the EF-1 tornado

  • Tree damage

  • Debris & Tree Damage

  • Trucks flipped near Sardis

  • Trees snapped in the EF-1 tornado

.TORNADO #4 BOAZ/SARDIS CITY (MARSHALL/ETOWAH COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7.9 MI
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               3

START DATE:             MAR 18 2013 
START TIME:             3:41 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         HWY 431 /JUST NE OF BOAZ IN MARSHALL CO/
START LAT/LON:          34.2048 / -86.1525 

END DATE:               MAR 18 2013
END TIME:               3:48 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2.4 MI WNW OF YANCY / ETOWAH / AL 
END LAT/LON:            34.1913 / -86.0144 

SURVEY SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED 
DAMAGE IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST MARSHALL COUNTY AND NORTHERN ETOWAH COUNTY
AND DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-1 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS
OF 95-105 MPH. THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF US HWY
431 IN BOAZ /MARSHALL COUNTY/ JUST SOUTH OF BRUCE ROAD WITH SOME MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES ALONG HWY 431. THE TORNADO TRACKED 
EAST-SOUTHEAST CROSSING MCVILLE ROAD AND AL HWY 168 CAUSING MINOR TREE
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AND WIDENED TO 300 YARDS AS IT CROSSED 
BETHSAIDA ROAD...UPROOTING AND SNAPPING NUMEROUS TREES AS IT APPROACHED
ALEWINE ROAD...JUST NORTH OF ELLIS ROAD. 

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED ON ITS TRACK INTO ETOWAH COUNTY ABOUT A 
HALF OF A MILE WEST OF OAK DRIVE WHERE IT SNAPPED AND UPROOTED SEVERAL 
PINE TREES. FROM THERE IT MOVED TO THE EAST AND CROSSED BROADWELL ROAD 
AND OVERTURNED A TRACTOR TRAILER AND A CAMPER. THE TORNADO CONTINUED 
EASTWARD...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES ALONG THE PATH. SEVERAL BARNS
AND SMALL OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED
CHUMLEY ROAD...TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE OVERTURNED WHILE MORE TREES 
WERE UPROOTED. THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO 
APPROACHED ROWEN ROAD. A MOBILE HOME WAS LIFTED AND OVERTURNED 
LEAVING ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TWO OTHERS WITH MINOR 
INJURIES. IN THIS SAME AREA...TWO ADDITIONAL MOBILE HOMES WERE 
DESTROYED. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED BROW ROAD...A ONE STORY BRICK HOME
HAD ONE THIRD OF ITS ROOF REMOVED AND WIND BLOWN DEBRIS WAS OBSERVED 
ON ALL FOUR SIDES OF THE HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED FURTHER EAST 
FOR APPROXIMATELY 300 YARDS BEFORE DISSIPATING AS IT TRACKED UP THE
WESTERN SIDE OF THE APPALACHIANS.

SURVEYED BY: NWS BIRMINGHAM

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

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

-Jason
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