Alabama Tornado Database


1974 Summary

 


1974 Tornado Occurrences (39)
Tornado # of Year Year Month Day Time (CST) County Damage Scale Path Length (Miles) Maximum Path Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Location
39 1974 12 19 1630 Pike F3 11.3 300 0 0 3.8 W Brundidge-5.5 ENE Banks
2 barns, 4 trailers and a brick house were totally destroyed with 3 other houses heavily damaged. 8 hogs blown 30 yards from their pen and killed.
Start: 31.72/-85.88
End: 31.83/-85.75
38 1974 12 19 1404 Pike F3 0.5 100 0 1 8 N Troy
2 vehicles struck on U.S. 231. One fully loaded truck was flipped several times and another smaller truck was spun around and had the rear window broken. Injury occurred as first vehicle was flipped and was minor.
Start: 31.93/-85.97
End: 31.93/-85.97
37 1974 11 11 1400 Covington F1 0.1 10 0 0 Smyrna
One home suffered minor roof damage and a barn was heavily damaged.
Start: 31.20/-86.50
End: 31.20/-86.50
36 1974 11 5 0300 Escambia F2 0.1 10 0 0 Huxford
Brief tornado heavily damaged one building and one barn.
Start: 31.22/-87.47
End: 31.22/-87.47
35 1974 11 4 2300 Jefferson F1 1.5 20 0 0 Birmingham
Minor roof damage and broken windows to about 12 homes. 6 large hanger doors were torn away at the airport and 10 aircraft were affected in and near the hanger.
Start: 33.55/-86.79
End: 33.57/-86.74
34 1974 10 15 1530 Blount-Marshall F1 28.8 10 0 1 Cleveland-Albertville
Several chicken houses destroyed and water was sucked from a small pond in Cleveland. An automobile was overturned in Albertville, injuring one of the occupants.
Start: 33.98/-86.58
End: 34.27/-86.22
33 1974 9 7 1805 Baldwin

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F0 0.1 10 0 0 Daphne
A tornado was reported by the public moving northward in the vicinity of Daphne.
Start: 30.60/-87.79
End: 30.60/-87.79
32 1974 9 2 1210 Mobile F0 0.1 10 0 0 Near Big Creek Lake
A tornado was reported by the public south of Wilmer moving through a rural area.
Start: 30.78/-88.35
End: 30.78/-88.35
31 1974 8 30 1215 Geneva F0 0.1 50 0 0 8 S Samson
Weak tornado produce minor damage to a home and snapped a few trees.
Start: 30.98/-86.05
End: 30.98/-86.05
30 1974 7 20 1530 Monroe F0 0.5 10 0 0 1 N Beatrice
Several trees and power lines were blown down.
Start: 31.75/-87.22
End: 31.75/-87.22
29 1974 7 8 2020 Colbert F0 0.1 10 0 0 N Cherokee
Several boats were damaged along the lake.
Start: 34.75/-87.97
End: 34.75/-87.97
28 1974 5 2 1330 Marshall F2 2.0 400 0 0 Mt Hebron
One home was demolished. Several farm buildings were destroyed.
Start: 34.14/-86.30
End: 34.15/-86.27
27 1974 4 22 1235 Perry F2 2.0 800 0 0 Marion
Radio station WJAM unroofed. Transmitter tower demolished. Tornado was at roof level.
Start: 32.63/-87.31
End: 32.65/-87.28
26 1974 4 8 1525 Henry F2 0.1 10 0 0 Tembleton-Haleburg
One church was unroofed, several homes were damaged, and several mobile homes were damaged.
Start: 31.40/-85.13
End: 31.40/-85.13
25 1974 4 4 1700 Houston F1 0.1 10 0 0 Near Columbia
Public reported a tornado 15 miles east of Dothan moving east-northeast at 40 mph. Only minor damage was noted.
Start: 31.30/-85.10
End: 31.30/-85.10
24 1974 4 4 1525 Dale F0 0.1 10 0 0 Near Midland City
Public reported a tornado moving northeast at 45 mph. Only minor damage was noted.
Start: 31.32/-85.50
End: 31.32/-85.50
23 1974 4 3 2124 Morgan-Limestone-Madison-Jackson

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F3 46.5 700 2 7 7 SE Decatur-Redstone Arsenal-NW Princeton
Redstone Arsenal was severely damaged. Homes, trailers, businesses, and a school were destroyed. Many homes were destroyed om Monte Santo Mountain. Several trailers were destroyed near Princeton. Numerous reports of strange optical phenomenon were reported including ball lightning.
Start: 34.53/-86.90
End: 34.85/-86.18
22 1974 4 3 1950 Lamar-Marion-Winston-Lawrence-Morgan

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Started in Mississippi
F5 79.5 500 28 272 15 NNE Columbus-6N Vernon-Guin-Delmar-NW Danville-6 ESE Decatur
An estimated 23 people were killed and 250 were injured in Guin as this damage was possibly the most intense to ever hit Alabama. 5 were killed in Delmar. Along the path, 546 buildings were destroyed, 330 were heavily damaged. 191 mobile homes destroyed and 59 were heavily damaged. 60 small businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged. Most of Guin was devastated.
Start: 33.83/-88.13
End: 34.50/-87.00
21 1974 4 3 1835 Limestone-Madison

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Continued into Tennessee
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40.6
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500
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16
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190
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8 SSW Athens-Vanntown
At least 19 people were injured in one home. 16 of the fatalities occurred in Alabama. This tornado path was separated by only one half of a mile from the tornado that moved through earlier. Over 1000 buildings were destroyed by both tornadoes. There was no effort made to separate the damage totals.
Start: 34.70/-87.05
End: 35.00/-86.43
20 1974 4 3 1800 Cherokee

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F3 20.9 100 0 9 6 SW Centre-Alexis
Several trailers were destroyed at Moshat. Several more mobile homes were destroyed and blown into Weiss Lake near Spring Creek. At least 5 homes were damaged.
Start: 34.05/-85.82
End: 34.20/-85.50
19 1974 4 3 1735 Pickens-Tuscaloosa-Fayette-Walker-Cullman

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F4 110.6 500 3 178 Aliceville-Jasper-5.1 NW Holly Pond
Downtown Jasper was hardest hit area. Numerous stores/commercial buildings damaged and several destroyed. The Walker County courthouse was severely damaged and the fire station was demolished. Along the entire path, 500 buildings were destroyed and 381 were severely damaged. 56 mobile homes destroyed with 13 having major damage. One killed in Cullman and 2 others in Berry, Fayette Co. There were 36 injuries in Cullman Co. and 102 in Walker Co.
Start: 33.27/-88.20
End: 34.27/-86.70
18 1974 4 3 1730 Franklin

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F2 12.8 350 0 4 2 NW Phil Campbell-SE Oak Grove
A mobile home factory was heavily damaged and one home was destroyed.
Start: 34.33/-87.73
End: 34.42/-87.53
17 1974 4 3 1715 Lawrence-Limestone-Morgan-Madison

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F5 52.0 500 28 267 Mt Hope-3 NW Moulton-ESE Harvest
14 people were killed near the Mt Moriah community as many tried fleeing the tornado. The tornado swept away home after home killing 14 more people just west of Moulton. Total devastation occurred along the path. 14 people died in Lawrence Co, 5 were killed in Limestone Co, and 9 lost their lives in Madison Co.
Start: 34.47/-87.48
End: 34.83/-86.70
16 1974 4 3 1650 Cleburne

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Continued into Georgia
F2
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10.4
(65.9)
150
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0
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0
(20)
7.5 NW Ranburne-6.3 SE Fruithurst
The damage in Alabama was mainly to trees. Many homes and businesses were destroyed along the path in Georgia.
Start: 33.55/-85.47
End: 33.67/-85.35
15 1974 4 3 1621 Calhoun

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F1 1.0 800 0 0 12 N Anniston
Trees and power lines down on Route 204.
Start: 33.87/-85.83
End: 33.87/-85.83
14 1974 4 3 1530 Jefferson

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F2 1.0 800 0 0 Concord
1 building destroyed. 1 house and 1 mobile home damaged.
Start: 33.45/-87.05
End: 33.45/-87.05
13 1974 4 2 0100 Chambers F2 0.1 10 0 0 2.5 NW Lanett
Damage to wooded area.
Start: 32.88/-85.23
End: 32.88/-85.23
12 1974 4 1 2140 Madison F3 8.4 800 1 6 Huntsville
The Sherwood and Research Park areas suffered severe damage. Homes were unroofed and walls were blown out. The death and injuries occurred in a mobile home park north of Huntsville.
Start: 34.70/-86.72
End: 34.75/-86.58
11 1974 4 1 2130 Blount F2 16.9 800 0 11 Hayden-Locust Fork-Oneonta
3 houses and 13 mobile homes destroyed. 4 houses and 7 mobile homes heavily damaged. Main damage in Oneonta was to a mobile home park on route 75 NE. About 2/3 of property damage was at Hayden.
Start: 33.88/-86.77
End: 33.95/-86.48
10 1974 4 1 1705 Tuscaloosa F2 16.3 800 0 6 Moores Bridge-Samantha
Widespread damage along the path. All injuries were minor.
Start: 33.43/-87.83
End: 33.43/-87.55
9 1974 3 29 0013 Tuscaloosa F0 0.1 20 0 0 10 WNW Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa Police reported brief touchdown near U.S. Highway 82. No significant damage.
Start: 33.30/-87.70
End: 33.30/-87.70
8 1974 3 19 1630 Baldwin F0 0.1 20 0 0 Stockton
Several trees and power lines were blown down.
Start: 31.00/-87.90
End: 31.00/-87.90
7 1974 2 6 1645 Houston F1 1.0 800 0 0 Dothan
Numerous trees and power lines were snapped off. Additional damage was only minor.
Start: 31.22/-85.38
End: 31.22/-85.38
6 1974 2 6 1530 Baldwin F0 0.1 20 0 0 Pine Grove
A few trees were blown down and one barn was damaged.
Start: 30.97/-87.78
End: 30.97/-87.78
5 1974 1 28 1030 Houston F2 0.3 30 0 0 6 SE Dothan
State Troopers reported brief small tornado that unroofed a barn.
Start: 31.17/-85.28
End: 31.17/-85.28
4 1974 1 28 0522 Fayette F3 0.8 50 0 0 Southern Fayette Co.
1 house seriously damaged with moderate damage to 10 other homes and a manufacturing plant. About 40 homes received minor damage. Tree and utility pole damage.
Start: 33.67/-87.83
End: 33.67/-87.83
3 1974 1 28 0500 Lamar F2 0.3 30 0 0 8W Vernon
Mobile home and barn demolished. Huge trees uprooted, windows broken and roof blown from a nearby house.
Start: 33.75/-88.18
End: 33.75/-88.18
2 1974 1 26 1700 Randolph F3 21.3 150 1 7 Rock Stand-Highway-Haywood-Moores-Bethal
Intial damage was at Rock Stand where a barn was unroofed and trees down. Funnel then lifted and touched down at Tin Shop community when 2 trailers were destroyed and a house damaged. At the Highway community, 2 frame houses were destroyed killing 1 occupant and seriously injuring 2 others. At Haywood, a trailer and a house wre destroyed with heavy damage to another house, trailer, workshop and 5 barns. Near Moores Store and Bethal, 1 house and 2 trailers were damaged and 2 buildings destroyed. Remaining injuries were minor.
Start: 33.13/-85.47
End: 33.40/-85.28
1 1974 1 20 1325 Pike F2 0.1 30 0 0 Goshen
Slight damage to a home and destroyed a chicken house killing 12,000 chickens.
Start: 31.72/-86.12
End: 31.72/-86.12


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