Alabama Tornado Database
|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|
Five mobile homes and 4 other buildings were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $175,000. Numerous trees and power lines downed.
Little or no damage reported.
A church and Sunday School building were damaged.
||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.
Waterspout briefly touched down over land on the Battleship Parkway. Little or no damage occurred.
A tornado briefly touched down near Foley with little or no damage.
||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.
A brief tornado touched down and blew the wall of a department store out. No injuries were reported.
||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.
Numerous trees were blown down and some damage to homes and outbuildings.
3 homes and 15 mobile homes were destroyed. 7 homes and 12 farm buildings were damaged. Numerous acres of hay and timber were destroyed.
||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.
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.
One church destroyed and several business buildings damaged.
Three houses had minor damage and trees and power lines were downed. Hail stones covered the ground up to 1 inch deep.
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.
||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.
The tornado destroyed a general store and laundromat. A church and a house had minor damage.
25 homes were damaged or destroyed. One trailer was destroyed and 20 businesses were damaged.
Minor damage to trees.
Heavy damage to a mobile home. Minor to a house and trees.
||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.