Alabama Tornado Database


1983 Summary

 

1983 Tornado Occurrences (45)
Tornado # of Year Year Month Day Time (CST) County Damage Scale Path Length (Miles) Maximum Path Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Location
45 1983 12 28 0440 Covington F2 15.0 80 0 1 3 S Loango-River Falls-SE Gantt
4 homes, 2 mobile homes, 2 barns, a truck, and several outbuildings were destroyed. Several homes and cottages were damaged. Many trees and power lines were blown down.
44 1983 12 11 1845 Tuscaloosa F1 0.5 127 0 0 6 NW Northport
A mobile home, barn and a garage were damaged and trees were snapped off. Golf ball size hail was also reported.
43 1983 12 11 1700 Pickens F0 3.0 100 0 0 Liberty
Two homes had roof damage, 1 home had windows blown out, 2 out buildings were destroyed and trees were knocked down.
42 1983 12 11 0315 Mobile F1 0.1 30 0 0 Citronelle
One home sustained major roof damage and 15 other homes suffered lesser damage. Many trees and power lines were blown down.
41 1983 12 6 0251 Dallas F3 13.0 500 1 19 Near Selma
The tornado first touched down near Alabama Highway 22 just west of Selma and moved northeastward. The fatality occurred when the brick and concrete block wall of an apartment caved in on the couch where the victim was apparently sleeping. Seven students at Selma University received minor injuries when the roof and parts of the second floor of their dormitory was destroyed. The dorm was occupied by 50 students when the storm hit. The other injuries occured to people in their homes that were either damaged or destroyed. At least 103 structures were damaged or destroyed. Additional damage included a new car dealership in which buildings were damaged and 30 to 40 vehicles were destroyed.
40 1983 12 3 2115 Russell F1 0.1 40 0 0 Twin Springs area
A building and several cotton wagons were destroyed. Trees were also downed.
39 1983 12 3 1837 Calhoun F3 4.0 150 2 51 Oxford
The tornado struck a shopping center consisting of an E to W row of adjoining buildings along U.S. 78. The deaths and most of the injuries occurred when a grocery store in the direct path was destroyed. The windward wall apparently failed and the roof of the store collapsed inward. The grocery shelves kept the roof from crashing all the way to the floor and sveral hours were required for rescuers to reach all of the trapped victims. The 2 deaths were reported to have occurred in the rear or south part of the store. Three single famaily homes were destroyed and 14 were damaged. One apartment building was damaged. Three mobile homes were destroyed and 11 damaged. Three business buildings were destroyed and 9 damaged as well as 25 to 30 automobiles being either damaged or destroyed.
38 1983 12 3 1745 Chilton F1 0.2 30 0 0 Clanton
Trees and powerlines were downed in a 2 block area. Two homes were damaged by falling trees.
37 1983 12 3 1740 Clarke F1 5.0 50 0 0 3 SW Grove Hill-Whatley
Some buildings were unroofed, mobile homes were damaged, homes were damaged, and automobiles were damaged.
36 1983 12 3 1710 Bibb-Shelby F1 15.0 60 0 0 Eoline-West Blocton-Marvel
Damage was mostly to timber.
35 1983 12 3 1650 Hale-Bibb F1 14.0 60 0 0 12 NE Greensboro-Eoline
Damage was mostly to timber.
34 1983 12 3 1620 Sumter F1 0.2 50 0 0 York
Roof damage to the school gym. Two double wide trailers used as classrooms were destroyed and 1 was damaged. Other damage included the loading dock doors of a building blown out and the entire building shifted on its foundation.
33 1983 12 3 1605 Tuscaloosa F1 0.1 30 0 0 9 N Northport
An empty school bus was blown 40 yards. There were several witnesses.
32 1983 11 27 1300 Marengo F1 0.1 100 0 0 Hugo
The roof of 1 home was ripped off, turned upside down and blown into the back yard. The occupants were having lunch at the time.
31 1983 11 23 1200 Walker F2 0.5 150 0 0 Near Curry
The roof of a barn was blown into a power substation and there was extensive damage to the substation. Poles were broken in the area. Eight barns were damaged or destroyed. Some homes in the area sustained roof damage and trees were downed.
30 1983 11 23 1148 Wilcox F2 4.0 77 0 2 Camden
2 peopel were injured as a wall collapsed in a business. 3 businesses were destroyed and one was damaged. Several vehicles were damaged.
29 1983 11 23 1120 Fayette F1 8.0 67 0 0 Rural Fayette
Touchdown was near Alabama 18 and crossed Alabama 107 before lifting E of the Bethel Community. The tornado then skipped along a very narrow path and damage was mainly to trees and power poles. One home and some outbuildings were damaged and 3 cows were killed by falling trees. One dairy barn had roof damage.
28 1983 11 20 0140 Escambia F1 1.5 100 0 1 1.5 S Riverview
3 homes, 2 mobile homes, and 5 automobiles were damaged as the tornado moved across Highway 41 and County Road 55.
27 1983 11 15 0705 Baldwin F1 0.1 20 0 0 Robertsdale
The roof of a coliseum was damaged and windows were broken out of one home.
26 1983 11 15 0255 Cherokee F1 0.8 40 0 0 Bomar Community-Near Centre
The roof and porch were blown off a home. Another home had roof damage and a barn was destroyed. The debris from the barn was blown some 100 yds away into a lake.
25 1983 11 15 0130 Tuscaloosa F2 0.2 40 0 0 Antioch
One home hasd roof and foundation damage, 1 mobile home was destroyed, and a 1982 station wagon lifted up and moved some 30 feet. Another home some 300 yards away was less severely damaged.
24 1983 11 15 0130 Blount F2 0.5 33 0 0 Near Oneonta
A rural fire department building was destroyed on Pine Mountain. Damage to fire engines was mainly dents and broken glass. Some trees were also downed.
23 1983 11 15 0012 Cullman F3 17.0 200 0 19 SW Phelan-Bolte-Berlin-Birdsong-Baileyton
Several brick homes were flattened. At least 10 homes were destroyed and 10 mobile homes were demolished. 22 homes, 5 mobile homes, a grocery store, a church, and 2 chicken houses were all damaged. Several vehicles were damaged.
22 1983 11 14 1730 Clarke F0 0.1 50 0 0 Fulton
Brief tornado touchdown with roof damage to one home and several trees blown down.
21 1983 8 29 1320 Hale F1 2.0 200 0 0 Near Havana-Akron
Touchdown was near Concord Church on Alabama 60 between Havana and Akron. A tractor shed and a barn were destroyed and 20 to 30 trees were downed.
20 1983 8 22 1437 Bibb F1 0.3 70 0 0 Near Woodstock
A mobile home and a barn were destroyed and 1 home, barn, and mobile home were damaged. Trees up to 4 feet in diameter were uprooted and snapped off. 3/4 inch hail was reported.
19 1983 7 20 1545 Baldwin F1 0.2 50 0 0 Robertsdale
Extensive tree damage occurred and two structures were damaged by falling trees.
18 1983 6 16 1510 Etowah F1 4.0 33 0 1 Southside
One person was injured when their mobile home was overturned. The tornado began as a waterspout over the Coosa River. A boat was blown out of the water and heavily damaged. Two mobile homes were overturned in the Southside area. The police depatment's radio tower was bent over nearly to the ground and trees, were uprooted. There was also damage to the elementary school and some stores.
17 1983 5 19 1615 DeKalb F3 1.2 473 0 3 W Fort Payne-Fort Payne
A manufactuing plant was extensively damaged and three workers were injured. The high school sustained damage in the stadium, bleachers, and concession stand. 14 trailers were destroyed and 20 were damaged.
16 1983 5 19 1435 Marshall F1 1.5 80 0 2 Near Boaz
No tornado details were available.
15 1983 5 19 0925 Clarke F2 22.0 100 0 0 Near Salitpa
No tornado details were available.
14 1983 5 19 0230 Cullman-Morgan F2 4.0 150 0 0 Corinth-SW Massey
One home was demolished and at least 10 other homes were damaged.
13 1983 5 16 0310 Coffee F3 1.5 150 0 1 New Brockton
One home was totally destroyed and at least 7 others were damaged. The Masonic Lodge, 3 trailers, 8 businesses, and two churches were damaged.
12 1983 5 16 0230 Macon F1 6.0 50 0 0 Information currently unavailable
11 1983 5 15 0919 Cullman F1 0.1 50 0 0 Between Jones Chapel and West Point
No Information available.
10 1983 5 3 0710 Cullman F1 0.1 50 0 0 Near Gold Ridge
No Information available.
9 1983 4 23 1410 Elmore F1 0.1 40 0 0 E of Wetumpka
Trees were downed and a funnel was spotted.
8 1983 4 14 0612 Baldwin F1 0.1 30 0 0 2 E Fairhope
Several trees were snapped off or uprooted. Minor damage occurred to a few outbuildings.
7 1983 3 26 1650 Mobile F1 0.1 20 0 0 Theodore
A bank had its roof completely torn off.
6 1983 3 20 1310 Butler F1 0.1 30 0 0 W Georgiana
A small tornado touched down in the Providence Community with little or no damage.
5 1983 2 22 1528 Marshall F2 2.2 440 0 2 Albertville
2 people were injured as their mobile home was demolished. 4 homes, 11 mobile homes, 1 business, and one chicken house were destroyed. One home, 4 mobile homes, and at least 30 other buildings were damaged some severely. Baseball size hail was reported with this storm.
4 1983 2 22 1415 Cullman F1 1.0 40 0 0 White City
Several trees were blown down and one mobile home was destroyed.
3 1983 2 22 1405 Cullman F2 1.5 60 0 0 Hanceville
Several buildings sustained roof damage. One church was demolished. Hail up to golfball size was reported with this storm.
2 1983 2 22 1315 Walker-Winston F2 8.0 90 0 0 Manchester-Smith Lake
Trees were downed and utility sheds and chicken houses damaged or destroyed in the Manchester area near Alabama Highway 195. Damage became more extensive near Alabama 257 as tornado took on multi-vortex characteristics. Witnesses reported seeing several small funnels, white in color, chasing each other in small circles and rapidly going up and down. About 12 houses were damaged in NE Walker County. One boat house was destroyed and several others were heavily damaged. Several cars and boats also suffered damage. In Winston County, 2 homes, a boat and dock and 1 car were damaged. Golf ball size hail was reported in Manchester and 3/4 inch near Smith Lake.
1 1983 2 1 0530 Mobile F0 4.0 150 0 1 4 NE Airport
At least 2 buildings in a shopping center were damaged and 6 homes sustained damaged. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down and many cars were damaged.


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