Clanton Wind Damage and Tornado - February 17, 2008
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A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the damage near Exit 205 along Interstate 65 in Chilton County. It has been determined that the majority of this damage was the result of straight line winds, but a short path tornado also occurred. This damage encompassed an area nearly 2.75 miles long by 1.5 miles wide between County Road 7 and County Road 41. The survey also found a localized area east of Interstate 65 that was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 110 mph.
The tornado damage path was 1.1 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point. The damage was confined primarily to trees, with approximately 300 trees either uprooted or snapped off along the short path. In addition, approximately 15 structures were damaged. The heaviest damage was sustained by a mobile home along County Road 41. Two large oak trees fellon the mobile home deloishing it. Several fast food restaurant signs and a couple of road signs were damaged or destroyed. This damage occurred at approximately 105 pm. Two Tornado Warnings were issued for this storm. The first was issued at 1208 pm and expired at 100 pm. The second Tornado Warning was issued at 1253 pm and expired at 130 pm. In addition...a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued at 1228 pm and expired at 130 pm. No injuries were reported.