Alabama Tornado Database


1979 Summary

 

1979 Tornado Occurrences (23)
Tornado # of Year Year Month Day Time (CST) County Damage Scale Path Length (Miles) Maximum Path Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Location
23 1979 11 25 1350 Elmore-Tallapoosa F2 26.9 60 0 2 Kowaliga-Lake Martin-Bay Pines-New Site
Several lake side cottages, homes, a high school, and trailers were damaged. 2 homes and 4 trailers were destroyed.
Start: 32.72/-85.92
End: 33.07/-85.73
22 1979 11 25 1250 Montgomery-Elmore F3 10.2 150 0 20 Montgomery
Damage estimated near $1,000,000 in southern and eastern sections of the Montgomery Metro area. Twenty people were injured, 1 seriously. In the Green Acres area, 7 homes were destroyed, 15 had major damage, and 30 had minor damage. In the Bellhurst subdivision, numerous homes sustained roof and tree damage. The Fieldcrest apartment complex sustained about $250,000 damage, with 4 units destroyed and 80 damaged. The tornado tracked northeastward for several miles from its touchdown in SE Montgomery, then moved NNE and partially aloft, touching down near the Tallapoosa River and continuing a short distance into Elmore County S of Wetumpka where an old unoccupied house was heavily damaged and trees were uprooted.
Start: 32.38/-86.25
End: 32.52/-86.22
21 1979 11 25 1210 Butler-Lowndes F2 22.9 50 0 12 Near Greenville-Fort Deposit-Calhoun-Letohatchie
Tornado touched down along highway 185 NW of Greenville, uprooting trees and disrupting electric power. It moved northeastward, touching down intermittently near Fort Deposit, Calhoun and Letohatchie in Lownndes County. 12 people were injured, 6 mobile homes were destroyed, 8 houses had roof damage and 1 barn was destroyed. Two separate funnels were reported by the public at Letohatchie.
Start: 31.87/-86.67
End: 32.17/-86.50
20 1979 11 25 1130 Dallas F0 0.1 50 0 0 Pleasant Hill
Trees damaged and uprooted.
Start: 32.17/-86.92
End: 32.17/-86.92

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1979 11 25 1120 Conecuh F1 5.6 30 0 0 Evergreen Airport
One small plane was destroyed and numerous trees were uprooted.
Start: 31.42/-87.03
End: 31.47/-87.10
18 1979 11 25 1100 Conecuh F0 0.1 17 0 0 Near Castleberry
Brief tornado touched down damaging one home.
Start: 31.27/-87.20
End: 31.27/-87.20
17 1979 11 25 0940 Clarke F2 28.6 300 0 2 Salitpa-Bashi
4 trailers and 2 houses were destroyed. 10 homes and a church sustained damage.
Start: 31.62/-88.02
End: 32.00/-87.83
16 1979 11 9 1343 Jefferson F1 0.5 27 0 0 Birmingham
The small tornado formed about 1 mile south of the Birmingham Weather Service Forecast Office and was observed by personnel of the forecast office moving rapidly northeastward at tree top level. It touched down briefly in an industrial park, doing structural damage to a warehouse and several other buildings. It had apparently risen to tree top level again by the time it reached a fire station and shopping area about 2 miles farther to the NE, where signs were damaged and trees were uprooted. It remained aloft , moving at about 50 mph, and was reported as a funnel cloud about 15 miles NE of the touchdown site. Damage was estimated at $6000.
Start: 33.55/-86.75
End: 33.55/-86.75
15 1979 9 20 1630 Perry

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F2 3.0 27 0 2 5 S Marion
Tornado touched down at airport damaging a hanger, 2 aircraft, several houses and mobile homes. A cotton picker was destroyed along with most of an pecan orchard. Many other trees and several power lines were downed. The Ames Bag and Packaging Company sustained major damage when the roof and 3 walls of one of the buildings collapsed. Dage estimates include $30,000 at the airport, $75,000 in the pecan grove, and $25,000 at the packaging company. The injuries were minor.
Start: 32.55/-87.32
End: 32.52/-87.28
14 1979 9 13 0530 Clarke
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F1 1.0 17 0 0 Near Grove Hill
Hurricane Frederic spawned a brief tornado near Grove Hill. One mobile home was destroyed and many trees were blown down.
Start: 31.70/-87.78
End: 31.70/-87.78
13 1979 7 17 1640 Mobile
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F0 0.1 10 0 0 S Mobile
Waterspout came ashore and knocked several trees down.
Start: 30.58/-88.08
End: 30.58/-88.08
12 1979 7 11 1830 Montgomery
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F0 0.1 10 0 0 25 SW Montgomery
Little to no damage occurred.
Start: 32.00/-86.48
End: 32.00/-86.48
11 1979 7 11 1720 Covington
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F2 7.1 100 0 4 W Red Level-6.2 Red Level
4 frame homes were destroyed and several other structures were damaged. One trailer was destroyed and numerous trees were blown down.
Start: 31.40/-86.62
End: 31.48/-86.55
10 1979 7 5 1530 Houston F0 0.2 17 0 0 Wicksburg
Several chicken houses were damaged and some homes were damaged. Numerous trees were blown down.
Start: 31.20/-85.63
End: 31.20/-85.63
9 1979 6 30 1855 Baldwin F1 0.3 17 0 0 6 SE Fairhope
Brief tornado touched down near the Fish River and Highway 33. Numerous trees were uprooted. Minor damage occurred to a large chicken house.
Start: 30.45/-87.82
End: 30.45/-87.82
8 1979 5 30 2000 Jefferson F1 25.8 20 0 1 Birmingham-Pinson
Small tornado, sighted by several individuals, touched down intermittently along 25 mile path northeastward through Metro Birmingham area from South Shades Crest section to Avondale to near Pinson. One man was injured. Three business firms suffered major roof damage, 1 car was extensively damaged, several homes and business establishments had minor to moderate damage. Numerous tree and power line damage.
Start: 33.45/-87.03
End: 33.68/-87.93
7 1979 5 30 1730 Fayette F1 0.3 50 0 0 Belk
Damaged church roof, destroyed double wide mobile home, damaged several autos, partially unroofed 4 houses, and damaged timber.
Start: 33.65/-87.93
End: 33.65/-87.93
6 1979 5 4 1351 Elmore F0 0.1 10 0 0 Near Holtville
Little or damage occurred.
Start: 32.63/-86.32
End: 32.63/-86.32
5 1979 5 4 1315 Mobile F0 0.5 10 0 0 Mobile
Brief tornado touched down near the Mobile Aerospace Airport and the State Docks. Minor damage occurred at a warehouse.
Start: 30.63/-88.07
End: 30.63/-88.07
4 1979 5 4 1238 Jefferson F0 0.1 10 0 0 Near Birmingham
Little to no damage occurred.
Start: 33.58/-86.77
End: 33.58/-86.77
3 1979 4 11 2330 Lauderdale F1 0.5 20 0 1 Florence
Damaging thunderstorm wind and possibly several small tornadoes occurred across Florence. At least 200 homes, 100 automobiles, and several mobile homes were damaged. 2 mobile homes were demolished. Considerable damage to timber occurred.
Start: 34.80/-87.67
End: 34.80/-87.67
2 1979 4 9 0115 Dallas F0 0.3 20 0 0 Selma
Brief touchdown in Selma, resulting in collapse of concrete wall of store, broken windows, and broken power lines.
Start: 32.40/-87.02
End: 32.40/-87.02
1 1979 3 2 2020 Mobile F0 0.5 17 0 0 Prichard
Brief tornado touchdown caused mostly tree damage. A few home roofs were damaged and a drive-in-movie theatre screen was damaged.
Start: 30.73/-88.05
End: 30.73/-88.05


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