Limestone County (SW of Athens near Blackburn Rd.) EF-0

Rating EF-0 Peak Wind 85 mph
Path Length 6.7 miles Peak Path Width 150 yards
Beginning Point  34.770400, -87.152 End Point  34.7719, -87.0254
Start Time
 11:15 AM End Time  11:25 AM

This tornado touched down near the intersection of County Road (CR) 24 and Batts Road around 11:15 AM CDT while embedded in a larger region of straight-line wind damage associated with a bow echo (line of storms). Numerous trees were downed and witnesses indicated a funnel that descended and lifted several times along the surveyed damage path.

The tornado continued eastward moving parallel to Snake Road and CR 24, where a concentrated region of numerous large trees were uprooted and snapped. Several houses had shingles removed and damage to gutters and roof awnings in this area. The most notable damage occurred north of CR 24, between Zehner Road and Blackburn Road. The concentrated damage associated with this tornado dissipated near Brownsferry Road as a secondary circulation developed to the south of the tornado.

 

Radar Data

Hytop, AL Radar (HTX) radar loop of the EF-1 tornado track from 11:15 - 11;25 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-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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