Pell City-Cropwell Tornado & Wind Damage - February 26th, 2008
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A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in southern a St. Clair County. It has been determined the damage was the combination of a tornado and straight line wind damage. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 105 mph.
Total path length was 2.8 miles with a maximum width of 1100 yards. In the Hunting Ridge subdivision... a dozen homes sustained roof or structural damage along with five outbuildings sustaining structural damage...and power lines downed. On Holiday Estates Drive...six homes sustained roof or structural damage...and power lines were downed. At the Pell City sports complex...several signs...fences...and dugouts were damaged. Across this entire path...several hundred trees were uprooted or snapped.
Straight line wind damage was observed across other portions of the County. 50 to 100 trees uprooted or snapped just north of the Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Two homes and two mobile homes sustained structural damage with several trees uprooted or snapped in Chulavista on Mountain Ridge Road. Five homes sustained roof or structural damage with several trees uprooted or snapped in Margaret. Several trees were uprooted or snapped near Camp Winnataska. No injuries were reported.