Alabama Tornado Database


1978 Summary

 

1978 Tornado Occurrences (22) () Indicates Total Path Data Multi-State
Tornado # of Year Year Month Day Time (CST) County Damage Scale Path Length (Miles) Maximum Path Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Location
22
1978 12 8 1640 Walker F1 1.0 100 0 1 Sumiton
Five mobile homes and 4 other buildings were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $175,000. Numerous trees and power lines downed.
21
1978 12 8 1606 Tuscaloosa F0 0.3 20 0 0 Moody Swamp
Little or no damage reported.
20
1978 12 8 1555 Tuscaloosa F1 2.5 50 0 0 Brownville
A church and Sunday School building were damaged.
19
1978 12 8 1545 Pickens F1 1.0 50 0 0 8 N Gordo
Brief touchdown in the Zion community. One house was damaged and 2 chicken houses destroyed.
18
1978 7 22 1128 Mobile F1 3.0 50 0 0 Near Mobile
Waterspout briefly touched down over land on the Battleship Parkway. Little or no damage occurred.
17
1978 6 29 2010 Baldwin F0 0.5 17 0 0 Near Foley
A tornado briefly touched down near Foley with little or no damage.
16
1978 6 8 1300 Lee F1 1.5 100 0 0 17 SE Opelika
Tornado touched down at intersection of county roads 12 and 95, and moved ESE. Three mobile homes were destroyed and 1 damaged. Several houses were also damaged in the area by uprooted trees.
15
1978 6 6 1130 Mobile F0 0.1 17 0 0 Tillmans Corner
A brief tornado touched down and blew the wall of a department store out. No injuries were reported.
14
1978 5 17 1423 Mobile F0 1.0 50 0 0 5 NW Bates Field
Brief tornado witnessed by NWS personnel. Little or no damage occurred.
13
1978 5 12 2335 Marshall F1 8.0 200
0 0 Camp Cha-la-kee-Monsanto
Numerous trees were blown down and some damage to homes and outbuildings.
12
1978 5 12 2315 Morgan F1 3.6 100 0 11 Pumpkin Center
3 homes and 15 mobile homes were destroyed. 7 homes and 12 farm buildings were damaged. Numerous acres of hay and timber were destroyed.
11
1978 5 3 1115 Covington F1 0.3 30 0 0 5 S Opp
The Blue Springs School was damaged by the tornado. Several commercial chicken houses were destroyed killing thousands of chickens. One home, one trailer, and one barn were destroyed.
10
1978 5 1 0730 Russell

Continued into Georgia
F2 (F2) 4.3 (13.2) 150 (150)
0 (0) 4 (7)
W Phenix City
Several houses and trailer houses were destroyed or heavily damaged. At least 400 homes were affected along the entire path.
9
1978 5 1 0530 Dallas F2 2.0 20 0 0 Selma
One church destroyed and several business buildings damaged.
8
1978 4 24 2000 Jefferson F0 0.1 50 0 0 Bayview
Three houses had minor damage and trees and power lines were downed. Hail stones covered the ground up to 1 inch deep.
7
1978 4 18 2338 Montgomery F1 0.7 420
0 3 Near Montgomery
Thirty-five houses and other buildings were damaged, 3 mobile homes were destroyed, several cars damaged, and trees and power lines were downed. 67 mph winds were recorded at Dannelly Field, and golf ball size hail was also reported.
6
1978 4 18 2032 Coffee F0 0.2 100 0 0 10 N Elba
One barn, three trailers, one broiler house, and one home were damaged.
5
1978 4 18 1715 Coosa F2 0.1 80 0 0 Weogufka
The tornado destroyed a general store and laundromat. A church and a house had minor damage.
4
1978 4 18 1700 Monroe F3 10.5 220
0 30 Limestone-Peterman
25 homes were damaged or destroyed. One trailer was destroyed and 20 businesses were damaged.
3
1978 4 18 1500 Lowndes F0 0.1 20 0 0 Lowndesboro
Minor damage to trees.
2
1978 4 18 0600 Clay F1 0.3 100 0 0 Mellow Valley
Heavy damage to a mobile home. Minor to a house and trees.
1
1978 4 18 0200 Lawrence F2 6.8 33
0 0 2 E Town Creek-Courtland
One house was heavily damaged. 3 trailers, 8 vehicles, a paper mill, 3 barns, and several other homes were damaged.


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