Centerpoint F-3 Tornado - Jefferson, St. Clair and Etowah Counties 
May 27, 1973


F-3
Estimated Maximum Wind:
162-209 mph, likely in the middle of the scale
Injuries/Fatalities:
44 Injuries / 1 Fatality
Damage Path Length:
50 miles (Estimated)
Maximum Path Width:
800 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
33.5629/-86.7093 at 550 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
33.9499/-86.1498
Notes:
Map below shows only 41.8 miles, based on current records.  This tornado path could possibly have gone into Gadsden.

The tornado touched down northeast of the city of Tarrant and travelled through Centerpoint, where most of the damage from this storm occurred, including one fatality caused by the collapse of a home onto a family taking shelter in their basement.  Along with the fatality, 32 frame homes and 48 mobile homes were destroyed.  More than 300 homes sustained minor damage in this area, as well.  The storm then continue northeast, passing south of Springville, near St. Clair Springs, just to the north of Ashville and lifted near Gadsden. 

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Damage
Photo from The Birmingham News
on Sunday, June 3rd, 1973

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Photo from the Birmingham Post-Herald
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from the Birmingham Post-Herald
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from the Birmingham Post-Herald
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from the Birmingham Post-Herald
on Monday, May 28th, 1973 

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Photo from the Birmingham Post-Herald
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Jefferson Advertiser 
on Wednesday, May 30th, 1973

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Photo from The Jefferson Advertiser 
on Wednesday, May 30th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

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Photo from The Birmingham News
on Monday, May 28th, 1973

Damage
Photo from The Jefferson Advertiser 
on Wednesday, May 30th, 1973

Damage
Photo from The Jefferson Advertiser 
on Wednesday, May 30th, 1973

 
 


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