March 2nd, 2012 Storm Surveys

Jackson County, AL/Franklin County, TN

Northwestern Jackson County (AL) and Southwestern Franklin County (TN)

Rating EF-1 Peak Wind  90 mph
Path Length 0.93 miles Peak Path Width 100 yards
Starting Point 34.985, -86.2552 Ending Point  34.9916, -86.2407
Starting Time 10:08 AM
Ending Time 10:10 AM

Additional ground surveys were conducted by the National Weather Service in Huntsville across extreme northwestern Jackson County, near Francisco to just across the state line in Franklin County Tennessee, have revealed damage from a tornado that crossed the area during the morning of March 2nd.

Summary

A narrow path of damage, minaly snapped/uprooted trees, was found just west of highway 65 in Jackson County near Francisco.  This damage was from a tornado that was nearing the end of its life cycle as it crossed into southern Franklin County, Tennessee.  A few other snapped trees were seen just east of Highway 97 in Franklin County.  This tornado track was from the same storm that produced the long track EF-3 tornado that crossed east-central Limestone and northern Madison counties earlier in the morning on March 2nd.  Subsequent tree damage could have occurred in the higher terrain of northeast Madison and northwest Jackson counties.  However, these areas were inaccessible by ground vehicles.


These findings are preliminary and are subject to adjustment.  

Tornado Damage Photos

A barn was destroyed along Delina Boonshill Road.

Uprooted tree near Boonshill Community Center.

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