Jackson County Tornado

February 6, 2008

Survey Summary

EF-Scale Rating EF-4
Est. Peak Wind 180 MPH
Est. Path Length 10.9 miles
Maximum Path Width 3/8 mile

Representatives from the National Weather Service and the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency conducted an storm survey of damage that occurred in Jackson County, Alabama early in the morning of February 6, 2008.

The damage was determined to originate from a strong tornado, which at its peak had winds of at least 180 MPH, giving it a rating of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Storm surveys are still being conducted, but the most significant damage occurred at the corner of County Road 60 and 177, between the Rosalie and Pisgah communities in eastern Jackson County. This is also approximately the location where one fatality occurred. Trees along the tornado path were snapped and in some cases shredded, several houses were swept from their foundations, and a large section of a chicken house collapsed. Several large hay bales (weighing 2,500 pounds) were blown apart or tossed around.

Tornado watch #41 had been issued for all of north Alabama at 10 PM CST, and was in effect until 5 AM CST (it was later extended until 7 AM CST). A tornado warning for extreme northern DeKalb and southeastern Jackson Counties was issued at 5:04 AM CST, and a follow-up warning was issued for extreme northern DeKalb and eastern Jackson Counties at 5:26 AM.


Tornado Track Map and Radar Images
Map of the Jackson County, Alabama Tornado Path Radar data from the Jackson County Tornado
A map of the path of the Jackson County, Alabama EF-4 tornado, extending from the Pisgah community to just south of Flat Rock. Click on the image to view a larger version of the map. The Hytop, AL radar (KHTX) shows the mesocyclone spawning an EF-4 tornado near Pisgah around 5:25 AM on February 6, 2008. Click on the image to observe a radar loop. The tornado is denoted by the small area of adjacent red/blue coloring that moves from Langston through Pisgah.

Damage Pictures (Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image of around 150-250kb)
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