April 24, 2010 Severe Weather Event

Storm surveys have been conducted examining storm damage that occurred on Sunday, April 24th.    Preliminary summaries for these surveys are found below. All tornado ratings use the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

 

Summary
 

During the evening hours of April 24th, 2010, severe thunderstorms moved across northern Alabama, south of the Tennessee River. These thunderstorms produced several tornadoes as they moved eastward across the area from Cullman County through De Kalb County. Tornado winds reached EF-2 strength in Cullman County in the Phelan and Welti communities. Another severe thunderstorm developed in the late evening and produced tornado damage along a 41 mile path, from northeastern Blount County through central DeKalb County. The most significant and widespread damage with this tornado occurred as it passed through the Albertiville community around 10:18 to 10:27 pm CDT. The tornado intensity was rated as high as EF-3 in the Albertville and Geraldine communities. The same thunderstorm produced another tornado touchdown in the Mentone area around 11:25 pm CDT, which tracked for another 14.2 miles into northern Chatooga County, Georgia.  Another tornado from a different thunderstorm touched down in extreme southern DeKalb County near the Mount Vernon area, producing EF-4 damage to a 133 year old church and nearby house.  This tornado tracked for over 7 miles, and did significant damge along it's path.

 

Storm Surveys
 

Click on the storm track in the map below to see detailed information pertaining to each storm. 

 

Storm Reports
 

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..


0900 AM     HAIL             COLONY                  33.94N 86.90W
04/24/2010  E1.75 INCH       CULLMAN            AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED.
0108 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 E WRIGHT              34.90N 87.90W
04/24/2010                   LAUDERDALE         AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN AT MILE MARKER 336 ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE PKWY.

0224 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 NE WATERLOO           34.95N 88.03W
04/24/2010                   LAUDERDALE         AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN ON COUNTY ROAD 1.


0246 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 NW GREEN HILL         35.00N 87.55W
04/24/2010                   LAUDERDALE         AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 36 NEAR GREEN HILL.


0349 PM     TSTM WND DMG     KILLEN                  34.86N 87.53W
04/24/2010                   LAUDERDALE         AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN ALONG J.C. MAULDIN HWY IN KILLEN.


0713 PM     TORNADO          3 NW HANCEVILLE         34.10N 86.80W
04/24/2010  F2               CULLMAN            AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN EF-2 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON HIGHWAY 31 JUST
            SOUTH OF THE COUNTY ROAD 601 INTERSECTION. THE TORNADO
            WAS 300 YARDS WIDE AND 6 MILES LONG. OVER 100 TREES WERE
            SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED. TWO
            CHICKEN HOUSES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND SEVERAL
            BARNS SUSTAINED MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE.


0716 PM     TORNADO          3 SSE CULLMAN           34.13N 86.82W
04/24/2010                   CULLMAN            AL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ALONG HWY 601 JUST EAST OF HWY
            31 BETWEEN HANCEVILLE AND PHELAN.


0717 PM     TORNADO          4 NNE HANCEVILLE        34.12N 86.73W
04/24/2010                   CULLMAN            AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            CHICKEN HOUSE BLOWN INTO THE ROAD JUST SOUTH OF WELTI
            ALONG CR 747 AND 639.


1015 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 NNW DOUGLAS           34.23N 86.34W
04/24/2010                   MARSHALL           AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE IN HYATT WITH ROOF BLOWN OFF
            HOUSE.


1025 PM     TORNADO          ALBERTVILLE             34.26N 86.21W
04/24/2010  F3               MARSHALL           AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN EF-3 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN
            ALBERTVILLE. MULTIPLE TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED
            IN THE CITY. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. BP GAS
            STATION HAS BEEN DAMAGED ON HWY 431 ALONG WITH A GROCERY
            STORE. HOUSE DESTROYED ON HWY 75 ACROSS FROM AN
            ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. BARNS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED AS WELL.
            SEVERAL OTHER BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED.


1045 PM     TORNADO          GERALDINE               34.36N 86.00W
04/24/2010  F3               DEKALB             AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN EF-3 TORNADO MOVED ACROSS GERALDINE. SIGNIFICANT
            DAMAGE WAS REPORTED AROUND GERALDINE HIGH SCHOOL. POWER
            LINES AND POLES HAVE BEEN DOWNED ACROSS THE CITY. RIDGE
            CREST APPARTMENT COMPLEX SUSTAINED DAMAGE IN ADDITION TO
            OTHER BUILDINGS AND HOMES DAMAGED.


1055 PM     TORNADO          3 SSE FYFFE             34.40N 85.89W
04/24/2010                   DEKALB             AL   AMATEUR RADIO

            POSSIBLE TORNADO REPORTED NEAR PEEKS CORNER.


1100 PM     FLASH FLOOD      4 NW HANCEVILLE         34.11N 86.81W
04/24/2010                   CULLMAN            AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ON COUNTY ROAD 678...AN AREA APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET DEEP
            AND 40 FEET WIDE WAS WASHED AWAY. NATURAL GAS
            LINES...WATER MAINS...AND PHONE LINES WERE DESTROYED IN
            THE AREA.


1128 PM     TORNADO          2 S MENTONE             34.54N 85.58W
04/24/2010  F3               DEKALB             AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN EF-3 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 3 TO 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
            MENTONE...BETWEEN COUNTY ROAD 106 AND 117. PATH LENGTH
            WAS 2.0 MILES AND THE TORNADO WAS 1/4 MILE AT ITS WIDEST
            POINT. ESTIMATED PEAK WIND 140 MPH. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
            DAMAGE OCCURRED AT MORNING GLORY COURT...WHERE SEVERAL
            SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
            SEVERAL INJURIES OCCURRED WITH THIS TORNADO BUT AN EXACT
            NUMBER IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.


1215 AM     TORNADO          5 ENE COLLINSVILLE      34.29N 85.79W
04/25/2010  F4               DEKALB             AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN EF-4 TORNADO IMPACTED THE AREAS FROM MOUNT VERNON TO
            DOG TOWN IN EXTREME SE DEKALB COUNTY. PATH LENGTH WAS 7.3
            MILES AND PATH WIDTH WAS 1/2 MILE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.
            ESTIMATED PEAK WIND 170 MPH. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
            OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 80 AND 55
            WHERE A CHURCH AND A SMALLER HOUSE NEXT TO IT WERE BOTH
            DESTROYED. OAK TREES NEARBY WERE DEBARKED.
            ELSEWHERE...STRUCTURAL AND TREE DAMAGE WERE REPORTED.
            INJURIES OCCURRED BUT EXACT NUMBER UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.


1215 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 SE RAINSVILLE         34.48N 85.82W
04/25/2010                   DEKALB             AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FLASH FLOODING REPORTD ON HIGHWAY 35 BETWEEN RAINSVILLE
            AND FORT PAYNE. 

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