Morgan and Limestone Counties (Decatur Industrial Park/Calhoun Community College) EF-1

Rating EF-1 Peak Wind 105 mph
Path Length 9.0 miles Peak Path Width 75 yards
Beginning Point
34.6425, -87.0790 End Point 34.6686, -86.9241
Start Time  11:20 AM   End Time  11:30 AM

This tornado touched down in the Decatur Industrial Park to the west of Red Hat Road and tracked to the east-northeast, with a concentrated damage area including roof damage to an industrial building and numerous hardwood trees snapped 20 feet from the base.  Minor roof damage to another industrial complex along the Tennessee River was noted along with numerous trees uprooted and lying pointing to the northeast.  This tornado continued to track to the east-northeast across the Tennessee River snapping trees along County Road 45 and at Calhoun Community College.  Pryor Field lost power at 11:28 AM CDT as the circulation passed over the airport and then the tornado dissipated between Pryor Field and Interstate 65.

 

Radar Data

Hytop, AL Radar (HTX) radar loop of the EF-1 tornado track from 11:20 - 11:30 AM 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-1 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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