Lauderdale County (Smithsonia/Rhodesville Area) EF-1

Rating EF-1 Peak Wind 90 mph
Path Length 1.8 miles Peak Path Width 100 yards
Beginning Point
34.808, -87.878 End Point 34.833, -87.868
Start Time 4:19 AM  End Time  4:23 AM

This tornado initially touched down one mile north of the intersection of County Road (CR) 2 and CR 189 north of the Smithsonia community.  Here a large storage shed was demolished and a second was partially damaged.  This tornado then briefly lifted before touching down at the corner of CR 189 and CR 62.  At this location the front end of a church was shifted 4 inches and the metal trusses in the roof were twisted.  Much of the siding from the front of the church was ripped off and three large trees were toppled in different directions at the intersection.

Adjacent to the church a residence had exterior damage, where siding was ripped off and thrown approximately 300 yards into a field.  Numerous twigs and sticks were driven into the side of the home and several windows were blown out.  A 28-foot travel trailer was picked up, toppled and moved approximately 10 feet.  Insulation was sucked out of the attic and into the garage, and the water heater in the home was imploded.  This tornado then lifted in a field to the northeast of the residence.

 

Radar Data

Hytop, AL Radar (HTX) radar loop of the EF-1 tornado track from 4:19 - 4:23 pm CDT.  The imagery on the left is reflectivity, while the imagery on the right is storm-relative velocity.  Click on the image to loop.
Hytop, AL Radar (HTX) radar loop of the EF-2 tornado track.  The imagery on the left is reflectivity, while the imagery on the right is storm-relative velocity.  Click on the image to loop.

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