Tuscaloosa County Tornado - March 1, 2007

EF-1

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed storm damage in northern Tuscaloosa County. It has been determined that the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with estimated maximum winds of 105 mph.

A tornado touched down about 2 miles northwest of Samantha, in northern Tuscaloosa County. This touch down was near the intersection of Lesueur Road and Nazareth Church Road. The tornado tracked northeastward, crossed US Highway 43, and lifted near the intersection John Swindle Road and Joe Namath Road. Numerous trees were either snapped or uprooted along the path. One brick home lost a portion of its roof. The tornado damage path was approximately 3.5 miles long and was 100 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was on the ground from 300 PM CST until 305 PM CST. A Tornado Warning was in effect for Tuscaloosa County from 248 PM CST valid until 315 PM CST. All of central Alabama was outlooked for a High Risk of Severe Thunderstorms including the chance of violent tornadoes. A Tornado Watch was valid from 730 AM CST until 8 PM CST.

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The National Weather Service would like to thank the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama State Troopers and Tuscasloosa Police Department for providing support during the storm survey process.

 

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KBMX Storm Relative Velocity Image when tornado is on the ground. The radar is located off the right bottom of the picture. Green colors indicate wind toward the radar and red away. Fairly subtle low level rotation.

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KBMX Reflectivity Image when the tornado is on the ground...notice the the slight hook (kidney) shape and inflow on the lower ride side.
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Significant roof damage to home on John Swindle Road
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Tornado damage path map
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Fine debris from home damage
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Significant home damage near the end of the path
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Roof torn off
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Closer view of roof damage
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Same home roof damage
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Mobile home shifted and had minor damage
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Uprooted tree
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Aerial view
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Out-building destroyed
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Aerial view
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Day 2 Outlook Issued 2/28
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Day 1 Outlook Issued 3/1
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Preliminary Storm Reports for Entire Event
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Hail Picture from Northport
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Damage to Home
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6 AM Surface Analysis March 1
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6 AM 500mb Analysis March 1

 


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