Franklin County Tornado Rated EF-1

Posted on: 8:37 pm, April 30, 2014, by , updated on: 08:53pm, April 30, 2014

Timeline of Monday’s Storms

.RUSSELLVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1 
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH PATH 
LENGTH /STATUTE/:       3.18 MILES 
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS 
FATALITIES:             0 
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR_28_2014 
START TIME:             356 PM CDT 
START LOCATION:         WHITTEN ROAD - RUSSELLVILLE, AL 
START LAT/LON:          34.5219/-87.7494

END DATE:               APR_28_2014 
END TIME:               402 PM CDT 
END LOCATION:           RUSTIC LOOP - RUSSELLVILLE, AL 
END LAT/LON:            34.5480/-87.7032

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ALONG WHITTEN ROAD NEAR 
THE INTERSECTION OF WILLIS ROAD ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF 
RUSSELLVILLE. TREES WERE UPROOTED IN THIS AREA AND SMALL TREES WERE 
SNAPPED. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST APPROACHING THE SCHOOL 
COMPLEX. HERE A TREE WAS SNAPPED AND FELL ONTO A HOUSE ALONG CLAY 
AVENUE CAUSING SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE SCHOOL COMPLEX 
ALONG SUMMIT AVENUE SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO ITS ATHLETIC FIELDS AND ONE 
AWNING AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS DAMAGED. ACROSS THE STREET 
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE BASE AND A HOME SUSTAINED MINOR 
ROOF DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO THEN APPEARED TO WEAKEN BRIEFLY WITH ONLY VERY LIGHT 
DAMAGE NOTED OVER THE NEXT 2 MILES BEFORE TOUCHING BACK DOWN NEAR 
ALPINE STREET. HERE NUMEROUS HARDWOODS WERE TWISTED, MANGLED, AND 
SNAPPED. SEVERAL TREES FELL ON HOUSES CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURAL 
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO REACHED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF EF-1 WITH A 
WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS. INTERVIEWS WITH SEVERAL RESIDENTS 
INDICATED THAT THEY OBSERVED A MULTIPLE FUNNEL TYPE OF TORNADO TRACK 
ACROSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE TORNADO LIFTED NORTHEAST AND WEAKENED 
AS IT PRODUCED MINOR TREE DAMAGE ALONG MOUNTAIN VIEW DRIVE BEFORE 
DISSIPATING.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/AMIN

Preliminary information from NWS Huntsville:

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