Whitsitt Tornado - Hale County
April 19, 2009

Estimated Maximum Wind:
60-70 mph
Damage Path Length:
3.55 miles
Maximum Path Width:
25 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

at 552 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:
at 600 pm

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Hale County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 60-70 mph.

A tornado touched down just to the west of AL-25 about 1 1/2 miles north of the the town of Whitsitt. The tornado traveled east-northeast over County Road 47 and lifted just to the east of AL-61, south of the County Road 24 intersection, for a total path length of 3.55 miles. Damage along the path included approximately 50 trees snapped or uprooted and a metal roof was peeled off of an outbuilding. At its widest point, the tornado path was 25 yards wide.





The top image is a KMXX 0.5 degree reflectivity loop. The bottom image is a KMXX 0.5 degree storm relative velocity loop. The green indicates wind blowing toward the radar while red indicates wind blowing away from the radar. This storm exhibited gate-to-gate rotation and a pronounced hook echo at times.

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