National Weather Service Meteorologists rated it an F2 on the Fujita Scale. An F2 contains winds 113 to 157 mph. The tornado began at 3:42 PM CST near the intersection of Forest Glen Road and Odens Mill Road in the Oak Grove community. It traveled northeast crossing US 280 and ended at 3:45 PM CST near Shirtee Creek in the Odena community.
The Red Cross and the local Emergency Management Agency estimate that 15 people were injured, two critically. Forty to 50 homes were damaged with 7 of the homes sustaining significant damage. Ten mobile homes were totally destroyed. Several outbuildings and sheds were destroyed and numerous trees were blown down or uprooted.
The tornado path was 3.1 miles long and 400 yards wide at its widest point. A Tornado Watch was issued at 1:53 PM CST which included Talladega County. Click on the map to view a larger image showing the approximate path of the tornado.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Talladega County at 3:24 PM valid until 4:15 PM CST and a Tornado Warning was in effect for Talladega County from 3:45 PM until 4:30 PM CST.
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