Inland Lake Tornado - Blount County
August 25th, 2008

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.41 miles
Maximum Path Width:
60 yards
Approximate Start Point:
33.86/-86.47 at 1125 am
Approximate End Point:
33.86/-86.48 at 1126 am

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Blount County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 90 mph. The total tornado damage path was 0.41 miles long and was 60 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down near the south shore on the eastern end of Inland Lake, directly across the lake from the boat launch. The tornado then moved northwestward across the lake, across the boat launch area, and lifted about a quarter mile northwest just off of Boat Landing Road. Numerous trees were snapped off or were uprooted. Two structures sustained light damage and a few power poles were knocked down. The tornado was witnessed by a Blount County Sheriff's Deputy and a Birmingham Water Works employee. These witnesses were aware of a tornado warning and took cover quickly as the tornado formed.





Tree Damage
Trees Damaged near touch down

Minor Building Damage
Minor Building Damage where witnesses
were located

Minor Damage
Building were witnesses took shelter

Tree Damage
Tree snapped

Tree Damage
Tree Sanpped

Tree Damage
Minor Damage as tornado lifted is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.