Jackson County (Bridgeport Area) EF-4

Rating EF-4 Peak Wind 180 MPH
Path Length 20.5 Miles Peak Path Width 3/4 Mile
Starting Point 34.7948, -85.9090 Ending Point  34.98537, -85.63767
Starting Time 05:05 PM CDT Ending Time 05:25 PM CDT
 Tornado Track Map - Jackson County Only

Tornado Track across Jackson County in Google Earth.

Click on the image above to display an experimental contoured map created by Suheiley Lopez (UPRM) dipicting the strength of damage indicators seen along the track during NWS storm surveys.

 

 Zoomed in Image of Track From: Just NE of
Fackler to NE Of Stevenson

 

 

     The tornado initially touched down northeast of the Fackler community along County Road (CR) 42 where several large trees were snapped and there was minor damage to mobile homes. The tornado then continued east-northeast, producing tree damage as it crossed Highway 72 near the intersection of Alabama Highway 117. On Oak Hill Road just east of Hwy 72, large trees were snapped and roof damage was observed on several residences. On CR 286, a trailer was tipped over and a shed was partially destroyed. The tornado continued northeast producing heavy tree damage. EF-3 damage was observed along CR 96 just northeast of the Stevenson Airport where 24 high tension electrical truss towers were twisted and flattened. Just south of the intersection of CR 96 and Alabama Hwy 277, a mobile home was obliterated and another home collapsed. Two other homes sustained structural damage along this section of road, two mobile homes were rolled on their side, and a metal barn was destroyed.

 Zoomed in Image of Track From:
NE of Stevenson to Bridgeport to Marion County, TN

 

 

     The tornado continued to the northeast and at the intersection of CR 255 and CR 256 the most significant damage was observed, rated EF-4. A residence just to the south of this intersection was reduced to its foundation. A concrete slab at the front of the home was pulled up and a set of concrete stairs was ripped from the foundation. A compact car was thrown about 50 yards from this residence as well. To the northeast of the intersection, two well-built and well anchored homes were also reduced to their foundation. A car was thrown approximately 50 yards across the street from one residence. Several large trees were snapped off a few feet above the ground and a third residence along CR 256 was observed with no walls left standing. Across the street from this home, a mobile home was completely demolished and strewn along CR 256. This tornado continued northeastward and destroyed a cinder block garage and damaged a mobile home along 6th street just southeast of Bridgeport. The tornado then crossed the Tennessee River and continued to produce significant tree damage along CR 91 until the tornado crossed out of the NWS Huntsville forecast area and into Marion County Tennessee (NWS Morristown, TN area).

Radar Data

Birmingham, AL Radar (BMX) Reflectivity (click to loop) Birmingham, AL Radar (BMX) Storm Relative Velocity (click to loop)
BMX 0.5 degree reflectivity loop of the EF-4 tornado track -- 5:01 PM to 5:29 PM CDT April 27 2011 BMX 0.5 degree storm relative velocity  loop of the EF-4 tornado track -- 5:01 PM to 5:29 PM CDT April 27 2011

 

Tornado Damage Photos

   
This trailer was totally demolished and ripped from its metal frame.

This house was swept clean from its foundation. Little debris even remained on the concrete slab, although a portion of the staircase was left behind by the tornado.
    
Numerous trees were uprooted or snapped in the Bridgeport area near CR 256.
 
This home was also demolished near 8th Street in the southeastern portion of Bridgeport.
  
This house in the Bridgeport area had portions of the roof pulled off.
 
This home was collapsed to its fondation.  A massive jumble of debris was all that was left behind. This was in the Bridgeport area near CR 256.

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