Listing of Tornadoes that have affected the county of Madison, AL in the Huntsville County Warning Area.


  • The most deadly tornado is notated by red text.
  • The time refers to the moment when a tornado occurred in the WFO Huntsville County Warning Area.
Date/Time County(ies) F-scale Enhanced or Traditional F-Scale Rating Sustained Wind Speeds(MPH) Path Width (feet) Path Length (miles) Locations Affected Fatalities Injuries Description
3:12 AM
Madison, AL F0 Enchanced Fujita Scale 65-85 25 0.7 1 SE of Madison to 2 SE of Madison  0 0

A brief, weak tornado skipped along a path just north of Madison Blvd. in the city of Madison.  The tornado appeared to touch down first in the Research Park area of the city of Madison, where it tore metal roofing off a walkway and building, snapped large branches off several trees( both in Research Park and an adjacent cemetery).  In the shopping center near the corner of Shelton Road and Madison Blvd, a large heavy air conditioning unit was pushed off its moorings and onto the parking lot  of a church on Shelton road. The tornado lifted completely upon reaching Shelton road. Thanks to the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Atmospheric Science Department for their assistance with storm analysis.  

4:50 PM
Madison, AL F1 Enchanced Fujita Scale 86-110 100 8.9 4 NW of Hazel Green to 6 NE of Hazel Green  0 0

A tornado touched down along Charity Lane between Stafford and Butter-and-Egg Roads. It tracked almost directly eastward along Charity Lane, snapping and uprooting hundreds of trees and causing minor roof damage to multiple houses. At Charity Baptist Church, the tornado uprooted a very large oak tree believed to be around 150 years old. It began tracking more to the northeast as it reached Frank Patterson road, continuing to snap many more trees in the Hazel Trace and Hazelwood Drive area. It crossed Highway 231/431, collapsing a carport near Carriger road. The tornado continued to snap and uproot many more trees along Mulberry Road, Bevills Church Road, Greenville Pike, and Everett Jones Road. The tornado dissipated just east of Everett Jones Road, just south of Borderline Road and the Tennessee State Line. Note: damage noted to a convenience store along highway 231/431 near the Bobo Section Road intersection was determined to be straight line wind damage associated with the tornadic storm. Based on the construction of the store, wind speeds were estimated at 75-80 mph. 

4:32 PM
Madison, AL F1 Enchanced Fujita Scale 86-110 75 1.3 Dug Hill Road at Cheval to Dug Hill Road just north of Raintree Road. 0 0 The same circulation that spawned the Lily Flagg tornado caused an additional short-lived tornado that touched down along Dug Hill road near Cheval Blvd. At this location, several hardwood trees were uprooted and several power poles were snapped. In addition, large cedar trees and other smaller softwood trees were snapped and twisted further down Dug Hill road. Further east-northeast, a large swath of cedar trees and other hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted with several snapped near the base (consistent with EF-1 damage). A roof was also ripped off a barn on the east side of Dug Hill road. The tornado then lifted just north of Raintree road.
4:20 PM
Madison, AL F1 Enchanced Fujita Scale 86-110 300 6.6 Near Restone Road and Patton Rd SW to Haven Street SE 0 0 A tornado touched down on the southeast area of Redstone Arsenal near the intersection of Redstone road SW and Patton road SW. Damage was seen just northeast of this location as several small to medium-sized trees were snapped along Magazine road. About a half of a mile northeast off of Sandpiper road, minor structural damage occurred to a medium-sized metal building system(MBS) with 2 portions of a west facing wall blown out. Debris from the walls and small portions of the roof were thrown to the northwest, perpendicular to the storm motion/track. Several pine trees were snapped/uprooted in this area as well. The tornado continued its track northeast towards the eastern edge of Redstone Arsenal's perimeter, where several larger trees were snapped and uprooted. Between this point and the 9000 block of Craigmont road SW, it is mostly terrain/vegetation, making it difficult for ground surveys. However based on analysis of radar data, there is sufficient evidence that supports the tornado continued its track northeast and connected with the damage beginning around Craigmont road. The tornado continued to track toward the west side of Memorial Parkway in the 9000 block of Craigmont Drive. In this area, several large trees were snapped or uprooted with at least one falling on the back of a house. The tornado moved northeast crossing the parkway with trees snapped along Oldfield road. Extensive power line and power pole damage was noted at the intersection of Whitesburg Drive and Lily Flagg road. Several wooden poles were snapped near the base and a street light was snapped at its base as well. Several business signs were blown out in the area. The tornado was likely at its strongest point in this area reaching EF-1 intensity. The tornado then moved across several residential neighborhoods snapping and uprooting both soft and hardwood trees. Minor damage to roofs, mainly from falling trees, was also noted. A large tree fell on a house on Valley view Drive causing major damage to the home. The occupants relayed that they heard the sirens and took cover several minutes before the tree fell through the dining room. The tornado crossed Hickory Hill road snapping trees and eventually causing minor tree damage in the Valley Hill Country Club area. The tornado finally lifted near Haven Street just west of Bailey Cove road.
10:06 AM
Madison, AL F2 Enhanced Fujita Scale 111-135 250 7.3 0.02 NW of Meridianville to 1.43 E of Buckhorn 0 0  A tornado of EF-2 intensity with a peak wind speed of 130 mph crossed portions of north central into northeast Madison county Friday morning (March 2, 2012). The tornado appeared to touch down just south of the Meridianville/Madison County Executive Airport off of Meridianville Bottom Road, where several trees were snapped. The tornado continued its path eastward to Buckhorn High School before lifting at a farm field across the street from Winchester road from the school. The tornado snapped power poles and brought down power lines along Moore's Mill Road just north of Darwin Road. The tornado then intensified and destroyed a silo just east of that location before snapping trees and collapsing a barn on Macon Lane. The EF-2 tornado continued east causing significant tree damage and structural loss to residences along Rube Robinson Road and Morning Mist Drive. Most residences experienced roof damage (loss of shingles) and blown out windows. One home on Morning Mist Drive completely collapsed and was torn off its foundation. The tornado was at its peak width of about 220 yards at this point before narrowing to to 50 to 100 yards as it re-crossed Rube Robinson Road. The tornado collapsed a roof and barn in this area and then crossed fields for about 1 mile before reaching residents adjacent to Buckhorn High School on Shady Oak Lane and Maysville Lane. A power pole and numerous trees were down or snapped along Maysville Lane. A residence experienced significant damage, with brick walls buckled and a large portion of the roof torn off. A nearby cinder block wall of a garage collapsed. The tornado then tracked through the Buckhorn High School campus with a path width of 50 to 100 yards. A block building used by the ROTC students adjacent to the stadium collapsed. Several portions of the roof of the high school were torn off. Several cars in the parking lot were moved, twisted, and damaged with some windows being blown out. The tornado then crossed Winchester Road and severely collapsed a home, snapped and uprooted trees and strewn debris downwind across an adjacent cotton field where the tornao is believe to have lifted.
9:10 AM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F3 Enhanced Fujita Scale 136-165 250 34.03 2.06 N of Stewards Store to 1.9 SE of Plevna 0 0 Damage was first found along Lindsay Lane about 1 mile south of Highway 62 in East Central Limestone County. In the Canebrake neighborhood, numerous homes sustained significant roof loss with garage doors blown out and some exterior wall damage. Minor structural damage also occurred in the Indian Trace community off Woodland Road. The tornado then crossed Highway 72 near Piney Creek and continued to track northeast. At Mooresville Road and Pepper Road, numerous homes sustained significant damage, including major roof loss. A brick garage was collapsed and numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. As the tornado continued tracking northeast across McCulley Mill Road, additional homes were damaged, again sustaining major roof loss and some exterior wall collapse. Significant structural damage to homes occurred along Nick Davis Road near East Limestone Road. Damage continued to homes along Eagle Point Drive and Freedom Drive where a home completely lost its roof and other homes received major roof loss, broken windows and collapsed garages. The tornado crossed into Madison County just north of Orville Smith Road where a single wide modular home lost much of its roof and trees were snapped around it. Major structural damage was seen again at the intersection of Yarbrough Road and Old Railroad Bed Road. This was one of the worst hit areas around the Harvest Community. Damage to homes, mostly collapsed roofs and some exterior wall damage continued east along Yarbrough Road across Bridges Drive and Bedford Lane, just before Wall Triana Blvd. Also in this area, power poles were snapped near the base. Damage continued northeast toward Highway 53 just south of Jeff Road where the survey ended due to inclement weather. This track was extended after a storms survey was conducted on Saturday March 3rd, 2012. The updated information follows. At the conclusion of Friday's storm survey near Highway 53 and Jeff road, the NWS storm survey team picked up the damage path crossing Highway 53 heading northeast. Evidence of trees snapped and uprooted was seen along Quarter Mountain Road, Carter's Gin Road, and Beaver Dam Road just before Pulaski Pike. More significant daamge began to be seen along Patterson Lane where wooden power poles were snapped, numerous trees were uprooted and several homes experienced roof loss. A large metal barn/shed lost its roof and some of its walls were collapsed inward. Damage continued along Highway 231 around Meridianville Middle School, where a concrete power pole was snapped and minor roof damage occurred to nearby buildings. The tornado then appeared to strengthen between Hubert Road and Walker Lane, including Mitzi Drive. In this area, EF-2 to low end EF-3 damage was seen. At this location, several single story homes were destroyed. Other homes received significant damage with complete loss of roofs and failure of exterior walls. Estimated path width in this area was 200 to 250 yards. Just northeast of this location, along Charley Patterson Road, more EF-3 damage occurred as three brick veneer/cinderblock houses were reduced to rubble. The tornado continued to produce significant damage along Butler Road (just south of Walker Lane), where additional concrete power poles were snapped and large oak trees were snapped and uprooted. The damage path continued north of New Market, near Hillsboro with additional trees snapped/uprooted and some roof damage(loss of shingles) were seen to at some residences. Damage here suggested the tornado was beginning to weaken. Along Davis Road, just south of Moe Road, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted with severe shingle loss to a house about 200 yards from the road. Beyond this, the tornado appeared to weaken and lift as it traveled across the higher plateau region of extreme northeast Madison County. Attempts to find the damage path on the other side of the ridgeline (along Mountain Fork Road) were unsuccessful. *****Due to the information gathered from this followup survey, the start point of this tornado has been shifted several miles southwest near the Athens Country Club and Golf Course along Hatfield Lake Road off of Highway 31 and the EF Scale intensity has been raised to an EF-3 from an EF-2 rating. Several trees were snapped and uprooted along a path that crossed I-65 and Strain Road.
00:17 AM
Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 50 7.38 1.45 ENE of Mr Leventov to .36 S of Union Grove 0 0  "A tornado with peak winds of 85 mph briefly touched down near Meridianville 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 off Harwell Circle had trees snapped and uprooted with some minor structural damage including torn siding and shingles pulled off roofs. Just north and east of this location, circular and convergent patterns were observed in a wheat field approaching Patterson Lane. "
00:00 AM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 50 4.58 1.45 SW of Bethel to 2.64 E of Bethel 0 0  A tornado with peak winds of 85 mph redeveloped and snapped and uprooted several trees along a southwest to northeast path beginning along Thach Road, crossing state highway 251, then reaching the Limestone-Madison County line along Ready Section Road.
4:53 PM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 75 14.62 0.79 ESE fo Orrvile to 1.29 ENE of Monrovia 0 0  The tornado began near mile markers 342 and 343, producing EF-0 intensity winds of up to 70 mph and snapping trees. The tornado then continued moving northeast producing generally minor and sporadic tree damage in rural areas of Limestone county along Brownsferry Road. It then continued its path northeast into Madison county. The tornado continued its path from Limestone into Madison county producing minor and sporadic damage. As it moved into Madison county the tornado intensified. It began uprooting large trees and producing some minor damage to homes in several locations. The most notable damage occurred in Madison along Balch Road near Kentucky Drive, Wall Triana at Gooch Lane, along McCrary Road, and further northeast along Capshaw Road between Nance Road and Jeff Road. From McCrary Road to Jeff Road, the width of tornado damage increased to approximately 75 yards. The tornado then continued moving northeast across Bishop Creek Road to Holbrook Drive. Damage along this portion of the track included uprooted large trees, some snapped-off tree tops, and minor roof damage. The tornado finally lifted further northeast on Holbrook Drive.
4:40 PM
Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 75 1.42 1.19 SSW of Cluttsville to 1.18 SE of Cluttsville 0 0  An EF-1 tornado reaching peak wind speed of 105 mph began near Smith Road. Several houses sustained a significant amount of shingle damage. Numerous large trees were uprooted, snapped off, and an RV trailer was overturned along this road. Some of these trees were snapped off near their base. Also, the edifice of a brick home was damaged. At this point, the width of the tornado was at it's widest point (approximately 100 yards). As this tornado moved east northeast across Iron Horse Trail Road and across Orvil Smith Road, several areas of large trees (some snapped) were observed. This tornado continued east northeast, weakening slightly, but still uprooted large trees and produced minor roof damage. Portions of Shortleaf Road and Poplar Green Road were affected next by similar damage. Some fences were blown down in this area. The tornado lifted shortly before reaching Wall Triana Highway.
3:05 PM
Marion, AL/Franklin, AL/Lawrence, AL/Morgan, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL/Lincoln, TN/Franklin, TN F5 Enhanced Fujita Scale Over 200 132 2200 4.27 WSW of Barnesville to 2.02 WSW of Row Gap 72 145  This devastating tornado initially touched down west of Hamilton in southwest Marion County and moved northeast where it devastated the city of Hackleburg. The average path width of the tornado while in Marion County was 0.5 mile (880 yds) and it reached EF5 intensity as it approached Hackleburg, AL in the northeastern portion of Marion County. Specifically, the tornado touched down west of AL Hwy 19 near Sipsey Creek and moved northeast and crossed Corridor X/Future Interstate 22. Here it caused significant tree damage. The tornado strengthened north of Hamilton and caused roof damage to at least one home. The storm strengthened further as it approached US Hwy 43, southwest of Hackleburg, to a violent EF4 rating with winds estimated at 170 mph. The tornado tracked parallel to US Hwy 43 toward Hackleburg and strengthened more to an EF5 with winds up to 210 mph, as its path widened to 0.75 mile (1320 yds). Several subdivisions and businesses, Hackleburg High School, Middle School, and Elementary School, and the Wrangler Plant were destroyed. Vehicles were tossed up to 200 yards. One well -built home with 4 brick sides was completely leveled and the debris from the home was tossed over 40 yards to the north. The tornado moved northeast of Hackleburg and continued to parallel US Hwy 43. Along the damage path in Marion County, thousands of trees were downed, several hundred structures were damaged, and at least 100 of these structures were completely destroyed as many homes were leveled. Eighteen fatalities are attributed to this tornado in Marion County, as well as numerous injuries. The violent long track tornado continued it's path from Marion County into southern Franklin County north of Hackleburg. It crossed into Franklin County just east of US Hwy 43. Significant devastation occurred throughout the city of Phil Campbell. Prolific damage was noted from the intersection of CR 51 and Alabama Highway 237, to the intersection of CR 81 and CR 75. Within a two mile corridor of either side of the railroad tracks the damage was significant. Within this corridor, several well-constructed houses were destroyed. Along Bonner Street, multiple block homes were leveled to the ground with the block foundations destroyed. A twenty-five foot section of pavement was sucked up and scattered. Chunks of the pavement were found in a home over 1/3 of a mile down the road. The damage in this area was consistent with EF-5 damage. In addition, at least three churches along the path sustained significant damage. One church in Phil Campbell was completely destroyed with only the slab remaining. Multiple mobile homes throughout the path were completely destroyed, and their mangled frames were tossed 25 to 50 yards. Cars were tossed and destroyed throughout the path of the tornado, with one car wrapped around a debarked tree in Phil Campbell. All along the path length, thousands of hardwood and softwood trees were snapped. Hundreds of trees were also debarked and twisted, and had only stubs of the largest branches remaining. EF-5 damage continued similarly northeast from Phil Campbell, roughly along County Roads 81 and 82 toward the community of Oak Grove. In Oak Grove, the tornado may have reached a relative maximum in intensity well into the EF-5 category as the damage was slightly more intense and the path width was at a maximum of greater than one mile. A large swath of complete devastation was noted in Oak Grove along County Roads 38 and Smith Lane. A large well-constructed home with extensive anchoring was razed with debris carried well away from the site. A Corvette sports car was mangled and thrown 641 feet (measured). A block home next door was also disintegrated. Along Smith Lane a block home was wiped out and the only remains of a nearby chicken house was a small piece of a metal truss. In this same area, the tree damage was significant and a large percentage of trees were stripped bare. The violent tornado continued to track northeast from Franklin County into Lawrence County as an EF-5 near the Mt. Hope area where significant devastation was incurred to single family homes and a restaurant. Nothing but the foundation and a pile of debris remained in this area, and a small portion of the restaurant foundation buckled. Thousands of hardwood and softwood trees were snapped, with a significant number of trees twisted and debarked with only stubs of branches remaining. Many mobile homes were also destroyed with the frames mangled, and a single family home was completely destroyed with the walls and contents strewn over a hundred yards. Further northeast the damage was slightly less intense, with more trees snapped and twisted as the tornado reached Highway 24. At this location multiple chicken houses were completely destroyed with much of the debris wrapped around debarked trees. TVA high voltage power line trusses were also destroyed at this location. As the tornado continued northeast more significant damage occurred in and around the Langtown community north of Moulton. On the west side of Alabama Highway 33, several homes sustained significant damage with roofs missing or only interior rooms remaining. A nearby store and gas station also sustained significant damage. The tornado strengthened again to a high end EF-4 as it moved over County Roads 214 and 298, where multiple houses and mobile homes were completely destroyed. Several cars were tossed into fields and wrapped around trees along County Road 291 and 292. One vehicle was tossed into a large hardwood tree that was also debarked. Tree and mobile home damage continued along County Roads 217 and 222, where a handful of large high tension TVA power poles were destroyed. Sustained EF-4 damage continued northeast towards Alabama Highway 20, where a restaurant was completely destroyed and two single family houses were significantly damaged. Tree damage continued into extreme northeastern Morgan County. As a strong tornado, it briefly crossed rural areas of Northwest Morgan County. High resolution MODIS satellite imagery combined with aerial surveys show a well-defined path of tree/vegetation damage between 1/2 and 3/4 mile wide indicative of low end EF-3 wind speeds of around 140 MPH. Just before crossing the Tennessee River into Limestone County, this tornado may have done some unconfirmed structural damage to a few buildings in an Industrial Park area along Mallard Fox Dr NW and Independence Ave. The violent tornado continued its path from the Tennessee River along the Lawrence/Limestone county line northeast through Tanner and into the east Central portion of Limestone County. Homes were completely obliterated along a wide swath in the Tanner community. Nearly a dozen high tension power lines were snapped or taken to the ground in Limestone County. Concrete power poles were also snapped off at their base. A subsequent ground team, aided by a storm survey expert from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, surveyed the most intense damage in Limestone County. High end EF-3 damage was noted over a large area in eastern Limestone County along and north of the East Limestone High School. The intensity was maximized in Limestone County in the community of Tanner, with a large swath of EF-4 damage and a narrow corridor of high end EF-4 damage. Several well-constructed homes with anchor bolting were completely wiped clean. One home had the debris lofted over 300 hundred yards with large items carried completely away. Intense ground scarring was noted in this area. In addition, a large cargo container was picked up and blown approximately 600 yards and several cars were carried airborne for hundreds of yards. In all, hundreds of homes received moderate to major damage along the path with many of these being total losses. The tornado crossed in Madison County east of Limestone County Prison…along Orvil Smith Road with a path width of ½ mile. The tornado maintained an EF-3 strength with winds of 140 to 160 MPH and a path width between ¼ and ½ mile for much of its track northeast across Old Railroad Bed Road and Ford Chapel Road, before narrowing to around 300 yards in Anderson Hills. Dozens of well-constructed homes were destroyed, in some cases with all exterior walls collapsing in both single and two-story homes. At least 3-5 mobile homes were either destroyed or swept completely clean with no evidence of debris. At least 2 other well-constructed homes had complete wall collapse in Anderson Hills and were shifted off their foundation. This damage was once again consistent with low end EF-4 wind speeds of around 170 MPH. Numerous tall pines and other hardwood trees were snapped, uprooted and debarked along the entire path. The path width widened once again to around ½ mile as the tornado tracked through residential areas along Bald Eagle Lane, Old Eli Road and Ginnery Row. At least 2 of these homes had complete wall collapse, but these structures had foundation straps and nails in lieu of bolts. At least one fatality was confirmed at one of these residences. Eight additional fatalities occurred in Madison County along the track of this violent tornado. The damage was consistent with high end EF-3 wind speeds between 140 and 160 MPH. The tornado lifted just south of the Patterson Lane after twisting irrigation equipment and snapping additional trees. Just to the northeast of this location, the tornado touched down again as an EF-0 tornado with peak wind speeds of 70 MPH. Along Grimwood Road and Walker Lane, south of Hazel Green, the tornado uprooted and snapped several trees. The tornado weakened or may have lifted briefly across extreme northeast Madison County before re-strengthening again as it entered Lincoln County in Southern Middle Tennessee. This long track tornado continued it's path into southeast Lincoln County and weakened significantly producing minor EF-0 damage. Damage was confined to a few trees snapped along and south of Mountain Road. A long track tornado continued from southeast Lincoln County. The tornado produced damage south of Huntland. Isolated and minor EF-0 tree damage was noted at the intersection of John Hunter Highway (State Route 122) and Limestone Road near the Lincoln/Franklin County line. As it strengthened again and pushed into Franklin County, TN, more significant damage was noted, starting about 1.4 miles south southwest of Huntland. A cinder block building suffered damage to its flat adobe roof, with some of blocks near the roof (around 20 feet off of the ground) pushed out, resulting in EF-2 damage. Surveyors could not directly examine the roof given this building was on the highest ground in the vicinity. Nearby, a single family home of cinder block construction had its roof totally removed, with another home about 1000 feet away having significant roof damage, with over one half of its roof removed, and some shifting off of its foundation. Damage with the latter was consistent with high end EF-2 damage. A chicken building with metal girding, nearby the second home, was completely flattened, consistent with EF-2 damage. A farm complex south of Hickory Grove Road had damage to a number of structures there. The home and the main car garage had part of their roofs removed. A barn that was protecting bales of hay was destroyed, with a few bales blown approximately 100-200 feet from their original location. The worst damage was noted with lower end EF-3 damage to a cinder block utility building about 200 feet south of the primary residence. Most of its roof was removed, with over half of its downwind wall pushed outward. An older barn nearby suffered lesser EF-0 damage to its roof, while the top half of a silo near that barn was missing. Another barn structure was completely destroyed northwest of the primary home. The width at this point was approximately 1/4 mile. Other damage was noted near the intersection of Hickory Grove Road and Sugar Cove Road, with EF-1 damage to some heavy farm equipment and EF-0 roof damage to a nearby barn. Scattered trees were downed to the northeast, with 8 inch fence posts, anchored 18 inches deep, pulled up near Hickory Grove and Buncombe Road. There was evidence the tornado continued toward the mountains a few miles further east, with some trees damaged along the ridge.
11:55 AM
Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 100 3.51 0.71 WSW of Bloucher Ford to 1.91 S of New Market 0 0  A tornado of EF-0 intensity produced peak wind speeds up to 85 mph. The tornado touched down north of Rube Robinson Road just east of Macon Lane while embedded within a larger region of straight-line wind damage associated with a bow echo. Numerous trees were knocked down with many hardwood trees snapped and sheared along its track near Buckhorn High School. The tornado tracked east-northeast across Winchester Road shearing off the top half of numerous hardwood trees before dissipating along the upslope portion of Lewis Mountain.
11:50 AM
Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 500 7.6 2.8 WNW of Normal to 0.7 WNW of Bell Factory 0 0  A tornado of EF-1 intensity produced peak wind speeds up to 105 mph. The tornado touched down along the downslope portion of Drake Mountain near the intersection of Pulaski Pike and Cedar Point Drive. A concentrated area of damage consisting of snapped hardwood trees, roof and gutter damage was seen along Cedar Point Drive and Green Meadow Road. Less damage was noted along a ridge that extended from Wade Mountain. Another concentrated area of damage that consisted of tree and roof damage was seen along the downslope portion of Smithers Mountain in the Mount Charron Estates and Valley View Estates neighborhoods. The tornado continued east-northeast with the most notable EF-1 damage occurring along Moores Mill Road north of Winchester Road where numerous hardwood trees were snapped and/or sheared off with a convergent damage/debris pattern. Significant tree and roof damage was noted along Henson Drive, Trailwood Drive and Bradford Lane before the tornado dissipated along Briar Fork Waterway.
11:35 AM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 10 3.09 1.23 NNE of Capshaw to 1.85 SSW of Jeff 0 0  This tornado touched down just west of Old Railroad Bed Road producing some roof and shingle damage, before moving into Madison county. It continued to move to the east-northeast into Madison county and across the Magnolia Springs neighborhood Additional roof and shingle damage was observed along this portion of the track. The most intense damage occurred just east of Vine Cliff Drive, along Water Oak Court, where numerous large trees were snapped at their base. This tornado continued to track to the east-northeast snapping trees and producing some light shingle and gutter damage. The tornado dissipated near Nichols Spring Branch. 
11:30 AM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 200 25.3 1.28 SE of French Mill to 1.7 E of Deposit 0 0  A tornado of EF-1 intensity produced peak wind speeds of up to 110 mph. The tornado touched down south of U.S. Highway 72 and west of County Road 95 in extreme eastern Limestone County, uprooting large hardwood trees prior to crossing Highway 72 near County Road 99A. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast crossing Capshaw Road near Old Railroad Bed Road before moving into Madison County. The tornado continued its track from Limestone County with peak winds of 110 mph near the intersection of Capshaw Road and Old Railroad Bed Road. The tornado snapped trees and removed shingles off homes. The most intense damage occurred between Sam Thomas Road and Wall Triana Highway, producing high end EF-1 damage including numerous snapped power poles, sheared off hardwood trees, and roof and gutter damage.
5:15 PM
Madison, AL F2 Enhanced Fujita Scale 111-135 1350 6.6 1.1 W Huntsville Park to 0.8 NNW Huntsville Mills Arp. 0 3 A tornado first touched down in a residential development on the Redstone Arsenal, just 2 miles south of the National Weather Service office located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A narrow tornado path uprooted a large tree, then moved into a residential area along Magnolia Circle. Here, the tornado tore shingles off of roofs and ripped siding off several homes. The tornado then lifted briefly before touching down again near the intersection of Triana Blvd and 9th Ave in Huntsville. It then proceeded northeast another 4.4 miles, through the Old Town and Five Points communities, before lifting near the intersection of Gaboury Lane and Rosalie Ridge road near Chapman Mountain. Along its path, many hardwood/softwood trees and utility poles were snapped. Multiple well-built single family homes sustained substantial roof damage. Winds were estimated to reach peak speeds of 115 mph.
11:48 AM
Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 60 0.1 0.5 NW Madison County Jet Port 0 0 A landspout developed in an open field beneath a towering cumulus cloud near the west end of the Huntsville International Airport. A storm spotter photographed the EF-0 tornado near the intersection of Interstate 565 and County Line Road which is along the Limestone-Madison County line. No reports of any damage were received.
07:59 AM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F2 Enhanced Fujita Scale 111-135 225 10.9 2.0 ENE Greenbrier to 2.1 SSE Burgreen Corner to 1.0 W Madison to 2.7 NW Oakwood College 0 0 A tornado touched down along Segers Road in eastern Limestone county, snapping and uprooting numerous large trees. A tree fell on a mobile home on Hardiman Road and split it in half. Peak wind speed was estimated at 115 mph with a path width of 75 yards. The tornado continued northeast into Madison County. Significant tree damage occurred in several subdivisions along County Line Road, Mill Road, Browns Ferry, Wall Triana Highway, Hughes Road and Slaughter Road. Windows were blown out of several houses in the Huntington Chase subdivision along with significant roof damage. A large attached garage was completely flattened along Browns Ferry Road and roof damage was observed in the Bridgefield subdivision. Several residents of the Bridgefield subdivision noted that they received the tornado warning and took cover before the storm hit. The tornado tracked through the parking lot of West Madison Elementary School, knocking large pine trees down onto apartment buildings and a home adjacent to the school. The tornado then tracked through the Wellington subdivision producing tree and roof damage. Sporadic damage persisted as the tornado moved northeast across Hughes Road, atop Rainbow Mountain, and across Slaughter Road into northwest Huntsville and the Providence development. The tornado finally lifted near Research Park and Plummer Road.
5:00 PM
Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-109 225 1.58 1.2 WNW Cave Springs to 1.0 NNE Cave Springs 0 0 A tornado touched down just northeast of Owens Crossroads. This tornado had a peak wind of 100 mph, a path length of 1.6 miles, and a maximum path width of 75 yards. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, including several large pines and one large cedar tree. Structural damage occurred at two homes in this area. Additional trees were uprooted or snapped as the tornado tracked northeast. The tornado then lifted just east of Low Gap Road and Hester Lane.
7:09 PM
Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 150 0.59 0.2 SSW Huntsville to 0.5 E Huntsville 0 0 An EF-0 tornado with a peak wind of 85 mph, path length of 0.59 miles, and a maximum path width of 50 yards touched down just southwest of Butler High School. This tornado tracked across Holmes Avenue to the Fairway Drive area and lifted before it exited the neighborhood. Several large trees were snapped or uprooted. One home was damaged when a large tree fell on it. A mobile home received minor roof damage.
1:35 PM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F1 Enhanced Fujita Scale 86-110 750 4.01 0.6 S New Hope to 1.2 SSE Swancott to 2.3 W Triana to 0.7 NNW Triana 0 0 A tornado produced sporadic EF-0 damage with winds up to 65 mph along New Hope Road in extreme southeastern Limestone County just north of the Tennessee River, where convergent wind patterns were noted in a grass and wheat field. A larger area of grass and wheat was flattened along County Line Road south of Swancott Road. A tornado continued its track into Madison County to a point about 3 miles west northwest of Triana. The tornado intensified to an EF-1 with wind speeds up to 100 mph, uprooting large pine trees and snapping small to medium sized pine trees on the northeast side of Blackwell Swamp. Minor tree and roof damage occurred at a residence in this area.
1:07 PM
Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 600 3.78 0.9 NE Mt Leventov to 1.6 N Stegers Store 0 0 A storm survey was completed in Madison County, Alabama just northeast of Meridianville. A tornado was determined to have touched down just southwest of Patterson Lane and Mount Lebanon Road where two irrigation systems were flipped over and two large trees were uprooted. Several small trees were also snapped on the east side of Mount Lebanon Road just south of Patterson Lane. A large tree was uprooted on the south side of Walker Lane, just east of highway 231/431. This damage is consistent with an EF-0 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 70 mph. The estimated path length was 3.8 miles with an estimated path width of 200 yards.
9:24 PM
Lincoln, TN/Madison, AL F0 Enhanced Fujita Scale 65-85 225 9.27 Taft to Elkwood 0 0 The tornado formed in extreme southwest Lincoln County, TN between Taft and Ardmore. Some trees were damaged near the Macedonia Church, which is very near the state line. The tornado moved southeast across the state line into northwestern Madison County, Alabama. The damage caused by this tornado in Madison County was mainly a few snapped utility poles and downed trees, but there also was some minor damage to a few homes. Wind speeds were estimated at 60 m.p.h.
6:48 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 90 2 2 M Skinem to 4 N Skinem 0 0 A short lived tornado touched down near the Alabama and Tennessee state line, uprooting two trees in Alabama before crossing the state line into Lincoln county in southern middle Tennessee.
6:45 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 90 <.1 Sulphur Springs 0 0 A tornado briefly touched down along Charley Patterson road in the Sulphur Springs community. A mobile home suffered heavy roof damage and insulation was tossed into some nearby trees.
3:20 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 150 1 2 SW Huntsville to 3 SW Huntsville 0 1 A short lived tornado produced scattered wind damage just southwest of Huntsville with a few trees snapped in half and one tree fell onto a home. One person was slightly injured due to the falling tree.
5:28 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 6 0.1 Owens Crossroads 0 0 A small and short lived tornado developed and briefly touched down at Owens Crossroads. No damage was reported.
11:55 PM
Madison, AL/Lincoln, TN/Franklin, TN F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 450 18.5 New Sharon to 2 E Huntland 0 0 An F1 tornado touched down in New Sharon along Charity lane and moved east northeast to the Tennessee state line. Several buildings sustained roof damage. In addition, widespread tree and power line damage occurred. The F1 tornado continued out of Madison county and moved into southeast Lincoln County in Tennessee. The tornado snapped numerous trees and power poles with some of the debris falling on structures. The tornado then continued into Franklin county, Tennessee. Here it snapped numerous trees and power lines as it passed just south of Huntland.
7:16 AM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 600 1 Meridianville 0 0 Two homes and businesses sustained roof damage and a mobile home was moved off its foundation.
6:58 AM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 60 0.1 Madison to 2 E Madison 0 0 Numerous trees uprooted and snapped.
9:20 AM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 150 1 2 N Toney to 3 NE Toney 0 0 A few trees were twisted and snapped northeast of the Toney area.
12:30 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 60 0.1 2 miles Northwest of Meridianville 0 0 A small tornado was reported on the golf course about 1.6 miles northwest of Meridianville. Three golfers reported seeing the funnel come down to the ground and lift some water from the pond. Two or three trees were downed and a trampoline was overturned.
1:40 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 60 0.1 1.7 S Meridianville 0 0 A small tornado touched down briefly in a cotton field just southwest of the intersection of Countess Road and US 231 just south of Meridianville. A storm spotter video taped the funnel cloud just prior to the touchdown.
1:50 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 900 2.6 4.4 SW of New Hope to northwest portion of New Hope near Bugg Chapel 0 0 The same storm that spawned the Union Grove Tornado moved northeast across the Tennessee River and produced another tornado in southeastern Madison County. This tornado, rated an F2, touched down around 1:50 pm about 3.6 miles west-southwest of the city of New Hope near the base of Lemley Mountain. Here it downed trees an produced light damage to some homes. The tornado then strengthened as it moved northeast through a mobile home community where several mobile homes were thrown and demolished, there were no known injuries. In the mobile home community where the greatest damage occurred, residents stated that they heard the Tornado Warning on television and through NOAA Weather Radio and took cover in underground storm shelters.
1:39 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 90 4.4 NW Madison community to NW Huntsville 0 0 A small tornado described by eye witnesses as a smooth funnel touched down in northwest Huntsville. The damage began near the intersection of Capshaw Rd and Wall Triana Highway. The tornado damage path extended nearly due east for some distance before turning east-northeast and ending just west of Rideout Road. A damage survey was conducted of this event by meteorologist from UAH who described the damage path as narrow, focused, and convergent. Additional damage occurred in northeast Huntsville in the Chase area.
5:27 AM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 240 2 New Market 0 0 Trees were down in New Market area, this damaged several homes in the area. One home had major damage and 4 homes had minor roof damage.
5:03 AM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 150 1.5 Toney 0 0 Six homes were damaged in the Toney community, in northern Madison County. One home had major damage, one had moderate damage and four had minor damage.
6:23 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 90 0.2 Huntsville 0 0 A weak tornado touched down briefly south of Huntsville at the corner of Airport Road and Memorial Parkway. The awning of a Winn Dixie was ripped off. It was seen and taped by several citizens and by a Channel 31 meteorologist.
4:40 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 150 1.5 Owens Xrds 0 0 A small tornado damaged roofs to 15 homes and downed a number of trees in the Owens Crossroads area.
4:34 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 120 1.3 4.5 NNW Owens Xrds to 4.5 N Owens Xrds 0 0 A short tornado hit the Big Cove area of southeast Madison county damaging several houses and the wastewater treatment plant. A business with machinery outside and several tin-roofed buildings were also damaged. One older house that appeared abandoned was destroyed.
4:26 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 210 1.3 1.7 NW Meridianville to 2 NNW Meridianville 0 1 A short but powerful tornado struck the area northwest of Meridianville destroying 4 homes along with major damage to 2 others and minor damage to twelve more. The tornado path open area just southwest of the Colonial Golf Course. The tornado moved through a small subdivision on the north and east side of the golf course and moved into an open area again as it dissipated.
4:33 PM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL/Jackson, AL F4 Fujita Scale 207-260 3900 39 Near Athens to near Scottsboro 1 55 A supercell thunderstorm produced a violent tornado that began 3 miles northwest of Athens in Limestone County and moved on a path just slightly north of east completely across Madison County before ending in northwestern Jackson County about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro. The tornado path varied from very narrow at the beginning and end to about three-quarters of a mile wide at the widest location in Madison County. Intensity varied from F0 intensity near both ends of the track to F4 at the strongest in several locations in Madison County. Damage along the track was primarily in the F2 to F3 category. Evidence in the damage as seen through an aerial survey indicated that the tornado was probably a multiple vortex with indications of at least two vortices within the main tornado funnel. The tornado began at 1633 CST in Limestone County crossing Interstate 65 and Highway 251 where the mobile home park was destroyed. It reached the Limestone/Madison county line at 1650 CST. The trek across Madison County saw the tornado move near the communities of Harvest, Meridianville, Buckhorm, and Fannings Crossing before moving into the rugged terrain of eastern Madison County. the tornado crossed the Madison/Jackson county line at 1721 CST. The tornado track was much weaker in Jackson County as it moved through rugged terrain affecting very few structures. The track ended about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro or a few miles west of the community of Hytop. Damage was the heaviest at a mobile home park about 3 miles northeast of Athens along Highway 251. The only fatality that occurred in this tornado occurred at this mobile home park, and the person died later from injuries received in the tornado. 26 mobile homes were destroyed in Limestone County, 13 in the Oakdale Mobile Home Park. Another 35 buildings were damaged or destroyed in Limestone County where damage was estimated to be $1.5 million. About 9,500 electric customers were without electricity. A cow was also killed when a large tree fell on and crushed it. Another especially hard hit area was Anderson Hills subdivision in Madison County with houses ranging in price from &175,000 to 400,000. This area of well constructed homes was one of the locations where F4 damage was evident as well as indications of a multiple vortex structure. In Anderson Hills, 21 houses were destroyed and 39 sustained major damage. Damage across the rest of Madison County was less concentrated than in this one subdivision. Over 10,000 Huntsville Utility Company customers were without power.
9:50 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 600 7 Madison to NW portions of Huntsville 0 2 This tornado was produced began on the north side Madison continuing across the east side of Madison and extending into the northern portion of the Redstone Arsenal. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by the tornado as well as numerous trees downed. Extensive damage in the Pebble Brook subdivision and around Bob Jones High School.
5:35 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 60 0.3 Huntsville 0 0 At 1735 CST a tornado moved north a short distance near the Huntsville airport. No damage was reported.
6:55 AM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 6 New Hope 0 5 The parent thunderstorm which produced a weak tornado in the Eva community of Morgan County moved into Madison County producing a stronger tornado which touched down in the New Hope vicinity. Ten homes received varying amounts of damage. Eleven mobile homes were destroyed and twenty seven were damage. All injured were in mobile homes.
4:30 PM
Madison, AL F4 Fujita Scale 207-260 2640 18.5 southern portion of Huntsville to the tip of a small lake at the headwaters of the Killingsworth Cove branch of the Flint River 21 463 A devastating tornado struck the southern portion of the City of Huntsville cutting a swath of destruction from southwest toward the northeast through a business section and a heavily populated residential area. Twenty-one people died and 463 people were people were injured as a result of the tornado. Eighteen people died in the tornado and three others at later dates, from injuries sustained form the tornado. Total damage was placed around 100 million. The tornado struck at the beginning of rush hour in Huntsville and, while at its strongest , moved through a business area, crossing two major north-south highways. Twelve of the 21 deaths(57 percent) occurred in automobiles. Most of those killed in the cars were in the process of performing normal tasks as opposed to fleeing in or seeking the automobiles for safety. The initial point of damage occurred 1 mile south-southwest of Madkin Mountain on the Redstone Arsenal. The tornado continued northeast, striking the Huntsville Police Academy and crossing the municipal golf course. The tornado entered a business and heavily populated area of Huntsville along and near US Highway 231, a major north-south traffic artery. here the tornado destroyed a number of small shopping complexes, office buildings, an apartment complex, and churches It moved east up Airport Road and crossed Whitesburg Road, another relatively major north-south highway. 18 of the 21 fatalities occurred in the area between the intersection of Airport Road and U.S. Highway 231, and the intersection of Airport Road and Whitesburg Road.12 of the deaths occurred in automobiles, 4 in apartments, and 4 in commercial buildings. The tornado then moved up Garth Mountain as it continued northeast into a heavily wooded section. It moved down the east side of the mountain, then struck Jones Valley Elementary School. 37 children, 5 teachers , and 7 painters were in the school when the tornado struck. The children were moved from the second story of the school building to a small open area under a stairway. This action saved the lives of the children. One person, a woman , was killed in an automobile while driving along a nearby road en route to the school. From the school, the tornado crossed Garth Road and moved across a portion of Jones Valley subdivision, a development of well-constructed single family homes. The tornado destroyed a number of homes here. It continued across Jones Valley then moved up Huntsville Mountain , generally a rural area, destroying whatever structures it encountered. The tornado topped Huntsville Mountain and moved down the east side , crossing U.S. Highway 431. Continuing, it later crossed U.S. Highway 72 one mile southeast of Brownsburg. The tornado continued to a small lake at the headwaters of the Killingsworth Cove Branch, a small creek which feeds into the Flint River. The tornado path ended at the southeast tip of this small lake. The following is a summary of damage from reports gathered by the Huntsville Times:259 homes destroyed; 130 homes, major damage; 148 homes, minor to moderate damage; 80 businesses destroyed; 8 businesses damaged; 3 churches heavily damaged; 2 schools destroyed; 10 public buildings destroyed or heavily damaged; 1.9 million dollars in public utility damage.
8:00 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 450 4 Northwest of Owens Crossroads 0 0 NONE AVAILABLE
3:30 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 90 8.5 Huntsville 0 0 A tornado apparently first touched down about 1/4 mile west of the airfield at Redstone Arsenal and moved north to the Jeff area, very near the track of a tornado that had occurred less than an hour earlier. A 3-story test building was damaged at Redstone Arsenal and at least 4 homes and some mobile homes were damaged in the Monrovia and Jeff area.
2:08 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 13 3 E Madison to 1 SE Jeff 0 0 A small tornado apparently skipped along a path from near Alabama 20 east of Madison to near Jeff. Reported damage included trees down near Alabama 20 and mobile homes damaged near Jeff. A funnel cloud and a second tornado both moved north near parts of this path during the next hour.
7:20 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 90 0.1 SW Huntsville 0 0 A small tornado touched down briefly near an apartment complex in SW Huntsville. One building was damaged and some utility poles broken. Glass was broken in some cars.
3:35 AM
Lauderdale, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 300 28 W Good Springs to W of Hazel Green 0 0 The tornado first touched down about 1/2 mile west of the Lauderdale/Limestone County line west of Good Springs. It moved almost due east across northern Limestone County past Elkmont and Thach and into western Madison county where it struck a community west of Hazel Green. Damage was observed for about 1/3 of the tornado path as most of the path was over open country. Damage was confined mostly to timber with other damage to utility lines, roofs, outbuildings, car windows, and mobile homes. Three mobile homes were destroyed in Madison County.
1:45 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 241 0.2 SE Huntsville 0 0 A severe thunderstorm spawned a mini tornado in the southeast section of Huntsville. Two house trailers were destroyed and several building roofs and commercial signs were either damaged or destroyed. Lightning from the same storm destroyed a newly built home.
10:25 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 120 4.5 Northeast of Merridianville 0 0 This tornado moved northeast through a rural area. Damage included one mobile home and one tool shed destroyed.
10:22 PM
Madison, AL F0 Fujita Scale <73 60 0.5 Huntsville 0 0 Tornado did major damage to PPG Industries, a Huntsville Plant.
10:22 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 60 0.5 Huntsville 0 0 Tornado damage consisted of one concrete building and one mobile home destroyed.
10:08 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 300 4.5 North of the Toney area 0 0 Damage from this tornado included five mobile homes destroyed, six barns or outbuildings destroyed and damage to four houses as it moved northeast.
9:24 PM
Morgan, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL/Jackson, AL F3 Fujita Scale 158-206 2100 46.5 7 SE of Decatur to Huntsville to Princeton to approximately 1 mile SW of Baileyton 2 7 This powerful tornado moved NE from 7m SE of Decatur, near where the Guin tornado lifted just six minutes earlier. The funnel tore through the Redstone Arsenal and the southern part of Huntsville, destroying homes, trailers, businesses, and a school. Homes were also torn apart on Monte Sano, 1000 feet above the city. Trailers were destroyed NW of Princeton, as the funnel crossed rugged terrain in Jackson County. Remarkably electrical activity was reported as this tornado moved through near Huntsville including: yellow, red, and green glowing areas, green flashes, blue flashes, luminous clouds, and ball lightening. Much of this activity was caused by blown transformers and power lines during the destruction.
6:35 PM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL/Lincoln, TN/Franklin, TN F5 Fujita Scale 207-260 1500 62 8 SSW of Athens to Tanner to Capshaw to Harvest to Tim Ford's Lake on the northwestern edge of the Winchester community 22 250 One of the two F5 tornadoes that occurred in the tornado Super Outbreak of 1974. It moved NE from just north of the Tennessee River, 8m SSW of Athens, just a half mile north of the track of the F5 tornado that began at 1715 the same day, which passed by a half hour earlier. Up to 19 people were injured in one home. Tanner, Capshaw, and Harvest were hit by both tornadoes. Sixteen deaths occurred in Alabama. Two of the six deaths in Tennessee were in a church near "Vanntown", near Flintville. The tornado produced F3 or F4 damage for its entire path length. Nearly 1000 buildings were destroyed by these two tornadoes, but no effort was made to determine the exact number of buildings destroyed by the individual tornadoes.
5:50 PM
Lawrence, AL/Morgan, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F5 Fujita Scale 261-318 1500 52 New Hope to Mt Moriah community to Wheeler Lake to near Harvest 28 267 This powerful tornado moved NE from near Mt. Hope, 10m WSW of Moulton. The funnel passed 3m NW of Moulton, killing 14 people in and near the "Mt. Moriah" community (8 of whom were trying to flee the tornado in cars). Rapidly intensifying, the funnel swept away home after home, causing 14 deaths in rapid succession, SW and west of Moulton. Six members of one family were killed, as were four members of another family. Their homes were completely swept away. The funnel passed across Wheeler Lake as a giant waterspout and entered Limestone County on a small peninsula. Here it leveled a 3/4 mile-wide swath of trees. The reddish soil was dug up and plastered to the trees by the wind. A nearby mobile home park was damaged on the edge of the tornado, and an injured man was taken to a church. He died a half hour later when the church was destroyed by a second tornado to hit the area. The tornado lifted ESE of Harvest. Fatalities by county: Lawrence 14;Limestone 5;Madison 9. The deaths in Madison County occurred S of Harvest. Lawrence County losses alone totaled $6,000,000.
9:40 PM
Madison, AL F3 Fujita Scale 158-206 2400 8.4 from Madison through the northern and western portions of Huntsville 1 6 This tornado moved NE, then SE across the western part of Huntsville. The Sherwood and Research Park sections suffered severe damage as homes were unroofed and walls were blown down. The casualties were in trailers north of Huntsville.
6:33 PM
Madison, AL F3 Fujita Scale 158-206 600 14.1 Huntsville/ Decatur Jetport ot the northern edge of Huntsville 0 42 This tornado moved E from the Huntsville-Decatur Jetport to the north part of Huntsville. At the airport, a large hangar was damaged and 46 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. The National Weather Service office was partially unroofed. Nearby, a trailer park was hit, and 19 trailers were destroyed. One house was torn apart and 67 more were damaged. Two motels and 28 other businesses were damaged or destroyed.
2:40 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 1500 2 Hazel Green 0 10 Tornado touched down just northeast of Hazel Green and moved east-southeastward destroying 5 buildings and damaging 30 others. Numerous trees and power lines down.
8:00 AM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 150 8.6 northwest Madison county to north of Hazel Green 0 0 This tornado touched down and stayed on ground for about 1/4 of a mile then lifted and moved east. The tornado continued touching down several times as it moved east. Two houses and garage damaged. Minor damage occurred as it moved over primarily open country.
6:30 AM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 0.5 3 miles NE of Huntsville Airport 0 0 Tornado touched down about 3 miles north of Huntsville Jetport and damaged the roofs of a school building and gym. A mobile trailer was also damaged.
7:30 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 UNK 12.6 SW Huntsville to NE Huntsville 0 1 Tornado skipped across west portion of county mostly in rural area cutting path through woods. One house unroofed and trees and signs down for a distance of 2 miles near airport.
3:25 AM
Morgan, AL/Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 900 22.9 Talucan Community in northeast portion of Morgan County to Gurley in Madison County 2 27 Tornado hit Talucan Community in northeast portion of Morgan County then moved northeastward into Madison County across south portion of Huntsville ending near Gurley Community. Main damage in Huntsville. Twenty-two houses destroyed, 46 houses had major damage, 68 had minor damage, 16 mobile homes destroyed 4 had major damage. Extensive damage to automobiles, power lines, several commercial buildings, and farm buildings.
1:05 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 249 6.6 E part of Huntsville to the Big Cove Community in Huntsville 0 7 Tornado struck the eastern part of Huntsville unroofing 2 houses and a garage, then moved southeast and dipped down into the Big Cove Community (about 7 miles away) where 1 house and 2 barns were demolished, several houses were damaged. Two trailers were also overturned and damaged, injuring occupants.
5:40 PM
Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 47.2 Paradise Shores to Ripley to Copeland to East Limestone to Harvest to Hazel Green to Pleone 1 3 The tornado stuck about 5:40 p.m. at Paradise Shores, in southwest Limestone County, then moved northeast touching down at the communities of Ripley, Copeland, and East Limestone. Damage reported at Harvest, Hazel Green, and Pleone in Madison County. Four houses were demolished, 20 damaged, and several barns and sheds were demolished or damaged. About 25% of damage due to the tornado.
3:00 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 UNK UNK 1.5 E of New Market 0 0 A tornado briefly touched down and unroofed a barn and damaged many trees.
10:30 PM
Madison, AL F1 Fujita Scale 73-112 UNK 8.8 UNK 0 0 NONE AVAILABLE
3:00 PM
Morgan, AL/Madison, AL F4 Fujita Scale 207-260 300 21.6 Massey to Hartselle to Redstone Arsenal 4 50 This tornado moved NE from Massey, passing west of Falkville, to near Hartselle, Winton, and to the Redstone Arsenal. The tornado destroyed 35 homes. Some were "leveled to the ground" at Massey and Plainview. An elderly couple was killed at "Plainview", and there were deaths in Falkville and Winton.
9:00 AM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 UNK 4 N New Market 0 2 This tornado leveled a small home 4 miles N of New Market.
12:00 PM
Madison, AL/Marshall, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 4 5 miles SW of Woodville 1 11 Several small homes and a mill were destroyed on the Paint Rock River, 5m SW of Woodville. One man was killed when he and a fishing companion sought shelter in the mill. Two other fishermen who stayed in the car were injured. The other eight injuries occurred in homes.
10:15 PM
Lauderdale, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL/Lincoln, TN F3 Fujita Scale 158-206 600 50 Rogersville to SE Elkmont to Shady Grove to near Flintville 5 13 This tornado moved ENE of Rogersville, where 4 people were injured. Most of the damage was on farms southeast of Elk Mountain. Four people were killed in 2 small homes that were completely swept away. A woman was killed in a tenant home at "Shady Grove" near Flintville, TN. In that area papers from Tupelo, MS were found in the fields.
8:00 PM
Morgan, AL/Madison, AL/Jackson, AL/Marion, TN F4 Fujita Scale 207-260 1200 75 Lacey Springs, AL to Ladds Switch, TN 38 500 This was certainly a family of 2 or 3 tornadoes that cut across the hills, hollows, and coves of NE Alabama. Many of the death locations are 10 miles to the north or south of a straight line position. An elderly couple died near the start of the track in Lacey Springs and 4 people were killed at Paint Rock, 3 of whom were caught in the collapse of a large hosiery mill shortly after 100 people had left the building. At least 32 deaths and most of the devastation was in small Jackson county communities where about 125 rural homes were destroyed. Multiple deaths took place in or near " Boulevar", '"Kyle Springs", "Carnes", "Tupelo", "Boxes Coves", "Maynard's Cove", "Washington Cove" and "the Ridges" three miles NW of Bridgeport. A couple was killed in one of 15 homes hit at Ladds Switch, TN, six miles E of Jasper. A check from a paint rock home was carried to Athens, TN (distance of about 105 miles).
3:30 AM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 1 SW Madison County 0 3 Three homes were destroyed near Paint Rock Bluff on the Tennessee river in the SW part of the county.
12:30 PM
Madison, AL F4 Fujita Scale 207-260 1200 20 2 miles S of Lilly Flagg NNE 20 miles 27 100 The tornado moved NNE from 2 miles south of Lilly Flagg, passing 7 miles SE of Huntsville. Tenant homes, farms, large forest areas, and "substantial country homes" were leveled and swept away. Particularly in the Gurley and Brownsville area.
1:00 AM
Madison, AL/Marshall, AL/Jackson, AL F3 Fujita Scale 158-206 600 18 SW of New Hope ENE 18 miles 6 35 This tornado moved ENE from SW of New Hope, destroying 20 homes on the S edge of town. The six deaths were in 4 different homes.
1:30 AM
Morgan, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 40 5 miles W of Decatur to near Meridianville 3 20 This tornado moved NE from 5 miles W of Decatur, to near Trinity, to near Meridianville. Near Trinity, the tornado destroyed an Episcopal Church, many homes, and every building on a plantation just outside of town. At least 3 tenant homes were destroyed near Meridianville. Two children were killed in Madison County.
5:00 PM
Morgan, AL/Limestone, AL/Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 20 NW of Cedar Lake to ENE of Triana 0 5 This tornado moved ENE from NW of Cedar Lake, two miles south of Decatur, passing west of Triana area. Small homes and churches were destroyed. One church was turned 180 degrees.
2:30 AM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 300 3 Huntsville 0 0 This tornado moved NE on the edge of Huntsville. Nineteen "cabins" were unroofed or destroyed. This tornado was a minimal F2.
6:30 PM
Madison, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 9 New Market NE 9 miles UNK UNK The Masonic Temple, a church, and a dozen other buildings were destroyed at New Market. This tornado then moved NE.
9:50 PM
Madison, AL/Jackson, AL F2 Fujita Scale 113-157 UNK 10 SE Madison County 2 UNK This tornado moved NE from SE Madison County, where a man and a child were killed in the destruction of a small home.

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Note: The sources above were used to obtain a list of all confirmed severe events produced by thunderstorms in the Huntsville CWA. This is not a list of all tornado occurences that have ever affected this area. More tornadoes has most likely occurred in rural areas where people are sparsely poplulated, especially prior to 1970. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.