Barfield Tornado...November 24, 2001
|The start of this F1 tornado was approximately one mile east of AL 9 on County Road 58, with a roof torn off a barn. On Black's Chapel road near Black's Chapel, several trees were snapped at mid-trunk. Black's Chapel itself had the steeple torn off, with additional roof damage. Across the street, there was extensive damage, with a barn destroyed. A path of damage extended across Ingram Road, Wakefield Road, across Foster's Bridge Road, to Monroe. Several barns were destroyed, with widespread tree damage. The storm track continued northeast across Mt Moriah Road (County Road 58), and crossed into Randolph County along County Road 82, for less than a mile. The tornado appeared to have a wide path of damage, up to 300 yards at the widest point, and had a length of approximately 6.5 miles. Witnesses in the area reported hearing the load roaring, or "freight train" noise as the storm passed.
The tornado first touched down at approximately 5:15 PM CST, and entered into Randolph County approximately 5:22 PM CST, dissipating shortly thereafter.
The first Tornado Warning was issued for Clay County was at 4:10 PM CST and was valid until 5:00 PM CST. A second Tornado Warning was issued at 5:00 PM CST, valid until 5:45 PM CST. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Northwest Randolph county at 5:18 PM CST, valid until 5:45 PM CST. A Tornado Warning was issued for Randolph County at 5:40 PM CST, and was in effect until 6:15 PM CST. Tornado Watch 820 was in effect at the time of the tornado, and was issued at 1:53 PM CST.