May 25th-26th, 2011 Storm Surveys
Map of the May 25-26, 2011 Tornadoes


Western Limestone County
Davis Road to Stanton Road

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 80 mph
Path Length 1.9 miles Peak Path Width 25 yards
Starting Point 34.78027, -87.17825 Ending Point  34.78846, -87.15816
Starting Time 11:40 PM (5/25)
Ending Time 11:44 PM (5/25)
Western Limestone County Track Map
SW Limestone County
SW Limestone County

Summary

This short-lived tornado developed from a circulation that moved ahead of a fast-moving squall line. The tornado initially touched down just north of the Davis/Snake road intersection where several large trees were uprooted /snapped, one which fell on the corner of a single-story house. The tornado skipped northeast and snapped/uprooted additional trees around a residence between Fielding Road/CR 15 and Davis Road. The tornado lifted near the intersection of Fielding Road/CR 15 and Stanford Road with just a few trees snapped halfway down, along with an awning pulled off a small shed.

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Central Limestone County
Highway 99 to Highway 127 - Cross Key Road

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 85 mph
Path Length 3.9 miles Peak Path Width 50 yards
Starting Point 34.84537, -87.03799 Ending Point  34.87121, -86.97805
Starting Time 11:49 PM (5/25)
Ending Time 11:54 PM (5/25)
Central Limestone County Storm Path
Central Limestone County
Central Limestone County
Central Limestone County
Central Limestone County

Summary

Originating from the same circulation as tornado #1, this tornado crossed Highway 99/Buck Island Road near Lydia Corey Road uprooting several large trees with one falling on the side of a house.  Across the street, a large barn was severely damaged with the roof and most walls gone.  The tornado continued northeast crossing Easter Ferry Road and Edgewood Road. Along Cross Key Road, several large trees were snapped/uprooted. The tornado tracked northeast snapping off the tops of several trees before lifting again near the intersection of Coffman Road and Highway 127.

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Northeast Limestone/Northwest Madison County
Thach Road to Highway 53

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 85 mph
Path Length 4.6 miles Peak Path Width 50 yards
Starting Point 34.91697, -86.85015 Ending Point  34.93601, -86.77271
Starting Time 12:00 AM (5/26)
Ending Time 12:06 AM (5/26)
Northeast Limestone/Northwest Madison County Tornado Path
NE Limestone County
NW Madison County

Summary

Several trees were snapped and uprooted along a southwest to northeast path beginning along Thach Road, crossing Highway 251 and ending near Bethel Road and Highway 53 (just over the Limestone/Madison County line. The most significant damage occurred along Bethel Road, just into Madison County, where several large trees were snapped and uprooted around a few homes. No significant structural damage was seen to the homes other than shingles blown off the roofs. The tornado appeared to lift just before Highway 53 north of Bethel Road.

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Eastern Lauderdale County
North of Elgin Crossroads

Rating EF-1 Peak Wind 90 mph
Path Length 1.9 miles Peak Path Width 100 yards
Starting Point 34.88082, -87.41599 Ending Point  34.89109, -87.38499
Starting Time 11:30 PM (5/25)
Ending Time 11:35 PM (5/25)
East Central Lauderdale AL County
Eastern Lauderdale County
Eastern Lauderdale County

Summary

A short-lived tornado developed along a squall line of severe thunderstorms. Based on ground surveys, the tornado initially touched down just west of CR 92 about 2 miles southeast of Springfield in eastern Lauderdale County. The worst damage occurred along CR 76, about 1/2 mile west of State Highway 101, where a small barn was nearly destroyed and several large pines were snapped and uprooted. One pine fell on a home along CR 76, causing significant damage to the structure. The tornado continued northeast just crossing Highway 101 before lifting.

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Northern Madison County
Near Meridianville/Moores Mill

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 85 mph
Path Length 7.4 miles Peak Path Width 50 yards
Starting Point 34.87627, -86.59556 Ending Point  34.92484, -86.47959
Starting Time 12:17 AM (5/26)
Ending Time 12:27 AM (5/26)
Northern Madison County Tornado Path
Northern Madison County
Northern Madison County
Northern Madison County
Northern Madison County

Summary

A tornado briefly touched down near Merdianville and skipped northeast snapping and uprooting trees along its path between Hazel Green and New Market.  Concentrated damage began near Harwell Lane in a neighborhood off Patterson Lane.  Several residences of Harwell Circle had trees snapped and uprooted with some minor structural damage (mainly torn siding and shingles pulled off the roofs). Just north and east of this location, circular, convergent patterns were seen in a wheat field approaching Patterson Lane.

The tornado took out numerous trees just east of Highway 231 and north of Steger Road cutting out a path estimated at 25 yards wide and over 200 yards long.  Little damage was seen from here to Walker Lane due to open fields.  However, as the tornado crossed Walker Lane near Moores Mill Road, numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted between 1759 and 2255 Walker Lane.  Additional snapped and uprooted smaller trees were seen just north of the Walker Lane and Butler Road intersection just before the tornado lifted.

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Southeastern Colbert & Extreme Western Lawrence County
LaGrange/Waldrep Loop Area

Rating EF-2 Peak Wind 115 mph
Path Length 2.2 miles Peak Path Width 100 yards
Starting Point 34.5928, -87.5846 Ending Point  34.5964, -87.5107
Starting Time 11:17 PM (5/25)
Ending Time 11:21 PM (5/25)
Southeastern Colbert/Extreme Western Lawrence County Tornado Path
Southeastern Colbert County
Southeastern Colbert County
Southeastern Colbert County
Southeastern Colbert County

Summary

A tornado touched down immediately west of Waldrep Loop and north of LaGrange Road in extreme southeastern Colbert County.  Multiple large trees were snapped and uprooted along the path.  The most significant damage occurred to a house along Waldrep Loop, where large sections of the roof structure were removed, or pushed off the adjoining carport.  A chicken house across the street was completely collapsed with roofing material tossed up to 100 yards.  Tree damage continued eastward to the intersection of County Line Road and Wolf Springs Road.  A church at this intersection sustained roof damage, and dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted around a nearby single family home.  The tornado continued eastward past the Colbert-Lawrence county line, but lifted before reaching County Road 584.
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East Central Limestone County
Athens County Club/Golf Course

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 80 mph
Path Length 0.75 miles Peak Path Width 50 yards
Starting Point 34.7596, -86.9534 Ending Point  34.7627, -86.9402
Starting Time 11:55 PM (5/25)
Ending Time 11:58 PM (5/25)
East Central Limestone County
Large tree uprooted at the beginning of the path just north of Hatfield Lake Road.  Portions of the pavement were pulled up with it.
Several trees uprooted and blown down in different directions. Also north of Hatfield Lake Road.

Summary

In association with a quasi-linear convective system, a tornado briefly touched down over the Athens Country Club and Golf Course, along Hatfield Lake road, just before midnight on Wednesday (May 25th, 2011). Several trees were uprooted along its short path. Tops of other trees (Pines and Cedars) were snapped and twisted. The tornado appeared to lift just northeast of the country club around Strain road, just before Interstate 65.
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