15 Tornadoes Confirmed From 3/19 Storms
This information continues to be preliminary but for the most part surveys should be completed by the National Weather Service. Should any more tornadoes be found this post will be updated.
A total of 10 tornadoes have been found in the HUN CWA (north Alabama) and 5 in the BMX CWA (north-central Alabama)
- Lawrence County
- Colbert County
- Jackson County
- Franklin County TN
- Marshall County
- Morgan/Cullman County
- Madison County
- Limestone County
- Franklin County AL
- Franklin County AL
- Blount County
- Blount/St. Clair Counties
- St. Clair/Etowah/Calhoun Counties
- Cherokee County
- Calhoun/Cleburne Counties
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 502 PM CDT Wed Mar 21 2018 ...NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event...Corrected... ...Lawrence County Survey Information... .Update...Lawrence County surveys yielded three main clusters of damage: Mount Hope, Moulton, and Speake. This occurred as a cyclic supercell that moved from west to east-southeast across the county. Damage in Mount Hope and Speake is attributed to (at least) two separate tornadoes, while damage in Moulton is attributed to straight-line wind damage of 90 MPH. More information is below. We appreciate the assistance of the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency in this process. .Mount Hope Tornado... Rating: EF-0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph Path Length /statute/: 1.16 miles Path Width /maximum/: 250 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 05:54 PM CDT Start Location: 11 N Pebble / Lawrence County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.4535 / -87.4978 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 05:56 PM CDT End Location: 11 WSW Moulton / Lawrence County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.447 / -87.4794 Summary: A weak tornado touched down on Spruell Farm on County Roads 35/36 in western Lawrence County. At this location, several small fertilizer containers were blown over, and one was blown for more than 1000 yards to the east-southeast. Further east in Mount Hope, trees were uprooted and branches snapped along County Road 23 between Mount Hope Baptist Church and Mount Hope School. Minor damage was noted to the bleachers at Mount Hope School as they were dragged a couple of feet from their original location. EF-0 damage was assessed at these locations with a maximum wind here of 80mph. .Speake Tornado... Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 100 MPH Path length /Statute/: TBD Path width /Maximum/: 50 Yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: March 19, 2018 Start time: 6:18 PM CDT Start Location: 4 WNW Speake / Lawrence County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.4236 / -87.2510 End date: March 19, 2018 End time: 6:21 PM CDT End location: Speake / Lawrence County / AL End lat/lon: 34.4165 / -87.1688 Survey Summary: Further south and east of Moulton, damage was again noted in the community of Speake. One cluster of damage occurred near the intersection of Highway 36 and County Road 183. Farther east-southeast, trees were snapped and uprooted along the path near Speake School on Highway 36 just south of the intersection of County Road 81 and Highway 157. Due to the trees snapped at this location, the tornado was at its peak intensity, EF-1, with winds around 100 mph noted. Tornado width was approximately 50 yards. From there, the tornado lifted just SE of Speake, continuing on to eventually produce another tornado across the Morgan County line. No damage was noted from Speake to the Lawrence/Morgan County line as the supercell cycled. It has yet to be determined if the damage in Speake was the result of one or two tornadoes. There are two distinct areas of damage across a 4.5 mile area with a brief break between the two approaching the damage lastly noted on County Road 81. Further investigation will be done to finalize this decision. .Moulton Thunderstorm Wind... Peak wind /E/: 90 MPH Path length /Statute/: 875 Yards Path width /Maximum/: 725 Yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: March 19, 2018 Start time: 6:14 PM CDT Start location: Moulton / Lawrence County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.4741 / -87.3000 End date: March 19, 2018 End time: 6:14 PM CDT End location: Moulton / Lawrence County / AL End lat/lon: 34.4728 / -87.2915 Survey Summary: Sporadic tree damage was noted around the downtown area. Multiple trees were snapped and uprooted in this location, pulling down power lines and causing some minor damage to roofs of homes as a result. This was assessed to be thunderstorm winds around 90mph. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories. EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph EF5...Violent...>200mph
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Coondog Cemetery Tornado Event... ...EF-0 Tornado Confirmed in SW Colbert County... .Coondog Cemetery Tornado... Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 70 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.9 miles Path Width /maximum/: 120 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 05:05 PM CDT Start Location: 8 S Cherokee / Colbert County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.6291 / -87.9681 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 05:15 PM CDT End Location: 9 SSE Cherokee / Colbert County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.6372 / -87.901 Summary: A damage assessment team from University of Alabama-Huntsville observed damage associated with a weak tornado in Southwest Colbert County. The assessment was verified by NWS Huntsville meteorologists. From UAH: The first area of damage was along Coondog Cemetery Rd. where a large pine tree was uprooted and fell South of due East and other trees losing branches around it. The tornado then crossed Coondog Cemetery Rd. moving into a region of extensive clear cutting and no open access. The next and more extensive damage area was along Mt. Mills Rd. Several large trees were observed uprooted in a ravine on the west side of Mt. Mills Rd., and more uprooted trees were found on a property on the SE corner of Mt. Mills Rd. and Bald Knob Rd. The last damage was found on the east end of the property, with another tree uprooted and limbs down. No damage was noted along Hwy 247. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories. EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph EF5...Violent...>200mph
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Francisco Tornado Event... ...EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Northwest Jackson County... .Francisco Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 86 mph Path Length /statute/: 0.53 miles Path Width /maximum/: 200 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 07:30 PM CDT Start Location: 6 SSE Huntland / Jackson County / TN Start Lat/Lon: 34.9682 / -86.2307 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 07:36 PM CDT End Location: 6 SSE Huntland / Jackson County / TN End Lat/Lon: 34.9692 / -86.2217 Summary: The parent supercell that produced tornado damage in Limestone and Madison County also produced damage in far northwest Jackson County. A NWS Huntsville damage assessment team confirmed EF-1 damage near Hwy 25 between mile markers 25 and 26. The primary damage indicators were trees on both sides of highway. The beginning of the tornado damage was observed on the west side of Hwy 25 on the downslope of an east-facing ridge. An extensive area of downed trees was noted along the slope as it approached the valley. As the tornado tracked ENE back up a west-facing slope along Hwy 25, trees were uprooted across the road and a distinctive cyclonic circulation approx. 200 yd wide was observed. Due to inaccessible locations, the damage assessment team approximated the touchdown near the mid-slope of the ridge west of Hwy 25 and the lifting point on lower half of the slope on the east side of Hwy 25.
..NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Decherd Tornado Event... ...EF-0 Tornado Confirmed in Franklin County TN... .Decherd Tornado... Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.69 miles Path Width /maximum/: 150 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 07:50 PM CDT Start Location: 2 NE Decherd / Franklin County / TN Start Lat/Lon: 35.2257 / -86.0669 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 07:55 PM CDT End Location: 5 NE Decherd / Franklin County / TN End Lat/Lon: 35.2552 / -86.0127 Summary: NWS Huntsville survey team has confirmed weak tornado damage in Decherd area. Sporatic tree damage adjacent to the Hwy 50/64 connector (northwest of the Nissan Plant) was observed by the team. A few trees near the intersection of Old Alto Hwy and Hwy 50 were slightly uprooted or had large branches knocked down. The assessment team determined the damage was indicative of an EF-0 tornado with winds of 75 mph. The tornado tracked east-northeast along/adjacent to Old Alto Hwy and very minor, and widely scattered large tree branch damage was observed through the Gum Creek area.
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Horton Tornado Event... ...EF-2 Tornado confirmed in Southern Marshall County... .Horton Tornado Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 112 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.76 miles Path Width /maximum/: 690 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/18/2018 Start Time: 07:26 PM CDT Start Location: 4 NNE Douglas / Marshall County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.2216 / -86.2939 End Date: 03/18/2018 End Time: 07:41 PM CDT End Location: 3 SSW Albertville / Marshall County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.2271 / -86.2286 Summary: The Horton Tornado in Southern Marshall County was associated with the long lived parent supercell that migrated eastward from the AL/MS state line. The damage assessment team, consisting of NWS Huntsville and Marshall County EMA, noted the beginning of the damage west of Old Oneota Rd and Dixie Dale Rd. Numerous trees were either snapped or uprooted along and adjacent to Old Oneota Rd, indicative of 90 mph. More significant damage was noted on the west side of Ole Oneota Rd were two chicken houses and a barn were destroyed. The team determined winds to be 112 mph, or a low-end EF- 2. The second set of chicken houses destroyed occurred near Oneota Cutoff Rd, however these were not as heavily as damaged. As the tornado tracked due east toward Hwy 75 , he most prevalent damage was snapped or uprooted trees. On the west side of Hwy 75, damage was noted to a weak farm building. Damage was not observed on the east side of the Hwy or at Albertville Regional Airport. However, numerous snapped or uprooted trees were observed along White Oak Road and east toward Whitesville Rd. Structure damage was recorded on Whitesville Rd to a third set of chicken houses, but the damage was downgraded due to the fact the doors were open. The tornado was estimated to lift just east of Whitesville Rd before Walnut St.
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Morgan-Cullman County Tornado... .Massey Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph Path Length /statute/: 14.18 miles Path Width /maximum/: 550 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:29 PM CDT Start Location: 7 SW Hartselle / Morgan County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.3675 / -87.0404 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 06:54 PM CDT End Location: 4 NNE South Vinemont / Cullman County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.2785 / -86.8213 Summary: The Massey Tornado in Southern Morgan County was associated with the long lived parent supercell that migrated eastward from the AL/MS state line. The damage assessment team consisting of NWS Huntsville and Morgan County EMA concluded that the impacts in Southern Morgan County were consistent with an EF-1 tornado. Widespread tree damage (snapped and uprooted) was observed across the path as the tornado and parent supercell dove southeast from near the CR55/Summerford Rd area to Wilhite Rd (east of I 65 on the the Cullman/Morgan Co border). Only structure damage to note was a couple small farm structures and sheds that were heavily damage or destroyed adjacent to Evergreen Rd, consistent with EF-1 damage. Damage indicators became more widely scattered as it approached I-65, but several trees were observed damaged along Wilhite Rd. The tornado then continued into Cullman County where it weakened with EF-0 damage observed in northern Cullman County. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.
...NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event--Update #4... ...Tornado confirmed near Hazel Green Alabama... .Hazel Green Area Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 105 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.77 miles Path Width /maximum/: 50 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:59 PM CDT Start Location: 4 WNW Hazel Green / Madison County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.966 / -86.633 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 07:04 PM CDT End Location: 3 N Hazel Green / Madison County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.9682 / -86.5666 Summary: The tornado began near the intersection of Bobo Section Road and Delynn Drive west of Hazel Green, where multiple trees were uprooted, some of which fell onto nearby homes. Damage continued eastward along Bobo Section Road, with multiple trees snapped and uprooted, and a few sheds or farm outbuildings heavily damaged. Minor tree and roof damage was observed along Frank Patterson Road, although it is likely that this damage was associated with the rear-flank downdraft of the storm. The most notable damage occurred once the tornado reached Highway 231, where the tornado hit a building supply yard and nearby houses. Almost a quarter of the shingles were removed from a single family home and a nearby tree was twisted apart. At the building supply store, metal roofing and siding covering the supplies were completely removed and the underlying wooden support structure broken. The metal roofing was strewn across the street and into a field. Security video footage confirms the presence of a circulation but the tornado appears to have been rain-wrapped. The tornado caused further shingle damage and snapped more trees across the highway near Walls Road and Leigh Ann Road, but the damage appears to diminish quickly beyond this point.
...NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event--Update #3... ...EF-2 Tornado confirmed in Limestone County... .Elkmont-Ardmore Tornado... Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 125 mph Path Length /statute/: 23.54 miles Path Width /maximum/: 350 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/19/2018 Start Time: 06:08 PM CDT Start Location: 4 SW Lester / Limestone County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.9572 / -87.2049 End Date: 03/19/2018 End Time: 06:46 PM CDT End Location: 3 ESE Ardmore / Limestone County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.9589 / -86.7922 Summary: The tornado initially touched down just east of the Lauderdale-Limestone county line near the intersection of Union Hill Road and Shelton Road. Nearly all of the damage in northwest Limestone County consisted of snapped or uprooted trees, in a swath extending across Salem Minor Hill Road, Leggtown Road, and the Elk River. Significant tree damage was noted along Alabama Highway 127 and Veto Road north of Elkmont, where likely hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted. It was in this area where the tornado reached its maximum path width of 350 yards. The tornado continued east-northeast, narrowly missing the Saturn I rocket at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 65. Tree damage continued on Hardiman Lane east of I-65, but roof damage also occurred to single-family homes. Similar damage was observed on Puckett Lane and Oak Grove Road. There is evidence (both from radar and ground surveys) to suggest that the tornado had multiple vortices between Oak Grove Road and Valley Drive, as there are two distinct damage paths in this area. Again, much of the damage was to trees and roofs of single- family and manufactured homes, as well as small sheds and barns. The most severe damage by far occurred along Alabama Highway 251 and Gatlin Road, where one or two houses had their roofs and roofing structures almost completely torn off, and several more had most of their shingles torn off. Fortunately the residents had taken shelter in a nearby basement and none were injured. The tornado weakened quickly, snapping and uprooting trees as it moved across Mitchell Loop, Old Schoolhouse Road, and Alabama Highway 53. No evidence of damage was found east of Highway 53. Damage in Madison County is associated with a separate tornado that will be summarized in another statement.
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Russellville Tornado ...National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms EF-1 tornado in the City of Russellville in Franklin County, Alabama... A tornado touched down in the Reedtown section of Russellville with EF-0 intensity, containing winds of 65-70 mph. The tornado caused minor roof and siding damage to a few single family homes. The tornado strengthened quickly to low-end EF-1 as it knocked the chimney of a house and caused more extensive damage to the siding and metal roof of another. The tornado likely reached maximum intensify and width as it crossed Hwy 43 on the south side of Russellville. Here, the tornado was around 200 yards wide, with winds of 90 mph. A Waffle House restaurant had damage to its sign and roof. A warehouse and apartment complex also sustained some minor structural damage. The tornado then moved through a residential section of southeast Russellville, causing significant damage to a grove of pine and cedar trees and completely destroyed a small barn. However, only minor damage occurred at any of the one to two story homes, placing winds in the 80-90 mph range. The tornado then weakened further as it approached Hwy 42 east of Russellville and lifted near Sloss Lake Park.
...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/2018 Cedar Creek Lake Tornado... ...National Weather Service in Huntsville confirms EF-1 tornado near Cedar Creek Lake in Franklin County Alabama... A tornado touched down along Jacinto Road in the Belgreen community at EF-0 strength, with winds around 70 mph. A grove of softwood Cedar trees were snapped as the tornado crossed into a wooded area and moved east. The tornado further intensified as it approached Auburn Rd. There, a mobile home was sideswiped by the tornado. The roof and siding of the mobile home was partially damaged and the window was blown out. A very large pine tree was uprooted and a barn was completely destroyed. It was here that the tornado likely reached maximum strength around 90 to 100 mph. The tornado descended a steep bluff and crossed a narrow section of Cedar Creek Lake, snapping and uprooting numerous soft and hardwood trees. The tornado likely reached its greatest width at around 100 yards. On the opposite side of the lake, a covered boat slip was completely destroyed. Numerous trees and uprooted and snapped off and the siding and roof of three single family homes. The tornado weakened as it crossed Hwy 41. It knocked over another grove of cedars and caused very minor EF-0 damage to the siding of a house. The tornado lifted in the a heavily forested area along the far eastern edge of Cedar Creek Lake. .Cedar Creek Lake EF-1 Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph Path Length /statute/: 1.21 miles Path Width /maximum/: 100 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/20/2018 Start Time: 05:10 PM CDT Start Location: 8 W Russellville / Franklin County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.5107 / -87.8727 End Date: 03/20/2018 End Time: 05:16 PM CDT End Location: 7 W Russellville / Franklin County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.5092 / -87.8516
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in extreme northern Blount County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado. The tornado began on the west side of Highway 53/231, just south of Berry Road, in extreme northern Blount County. The tornado tracked toward the southeast, impacting all four chicken houses on the east side of Highway 53/231, just north of Thomas Yates Road. Sections of metal roofing were blown off the buildings. As the tornado continued southeast, some small trees were snapped, along with large branches broken. The tornado ended on the east side of Hopewell Road.
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in extreme southeast Blount County and northern St. Clair County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. The tornado began near Jones Chapel Loop Road with minor tree damage. The tornado then moved east and crossed Daylily Road where dozens of trees were blown down. The tornado crossed Blount Mountain along Walker Gap Road and crossed Crawford Cove Road near Highway 11. Trees in this area were mainly uprooted with only a few snapped off. The tornado continued eastbound and eventually lifted near the Interstate 59 rest area just south of the Ashville exit. The majority of the damage was due to trees falling on structures and power lines.
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in northern St. Clair County and extreme southern Etowah County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-2 tornado. The tornado touched down just northeast of Ashville along Highway 411. The tornado continued east northeast and caused tree damage. The tornado appeared to intensify as it approached the Coosa River where structural damage became evident. One house was moved off its foundation with a complete loss of roofing materials. Stands of trees were snapped off near their bases, including both hardwoods and softwoods. The tornado then crossed Neely Henry Lake where the tornado was at its widest point and moved into Etowah County. The tornado crossed Highway 77 near Leota Road where numerous trees were either snapped off or uprooted and several structures were damaged by falling trees. The tornado continued east where it narrowed and further intensified toward Green Valley Road. The most intense damage was observed here where several structures suffered complete loss of roofing material and exterior walls. As the tornado entered Calhoun County, it narrowed and weakened and lifted shortly thereafter.
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in central Cherokee County just south of Centre and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. The short-lived tornado began near Highway 9 and the Cherokee County Country Club Golf Course. The tornado moved northeast along County Road 163. At the intersection of Highway 9 and County Road 163, a home sustained damage to the garage door and an adjacent pine tree was snapped. Just east of this location, at least ten pine trees were snapped along portions of the golf course. One half mile to the northeast, shingles were blown off several apartment buildings. Just north of the apartment complex, a farm outbuilding was completely destroyed and the metal panels were thrown 300 yards downstream across a field. The tornado dissipated shortly thereafter before it reached Highway 411.
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in northern Calhoun and Cleburne Counties and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-3 tornado. The tornado first touched down west of US Highway 431 north of Wellington, where it rapidly intensified and widened. It snapped and uprooted numerous trees along US Highway 431. Several homes were damaged by the falling trees. The tornado proceeded eastward across Websters Road and Broughton Road with scattered tree damage. As the tornado crossed Old Sulphur Springs Road, two homes were damaged with scores of trees snapped or uprooted. At Angel Station Road, the tornado filled the valley from one side to the other and caused extensive tree and home damage. An electrical transmission tower line was toppled at this point, but it was believed that flying debris compromised the structure. The tornado continued eastward and destroyed the sanctuary at West Point Baptist Church. Additional structures were severely damaged at the church. The tornado entered the City of Jacksonville where it gained strength into the EF3 category, with winds around 140 mph. It removed most of the roof and the top floor of two buildings in an apartment complex. The tornado affected the entire campus of Jacksonville State University. Several buildings sustained significant damage. The most intense winds remained north of the campus however, mowing down trees and causing direct damage to homes. As the tornado crossed Highway 21, it caused caused major damage to the Merrill Building. It then moved into a highly populated zone, where scores of homes suffered major damage and rendered many uninhabitable. The tornado maintained its strength as it crossed Choccolocco Mountain, with winds funneled up the valleys mowing down trees. It caused major damage to a number of homes on the mountainside. Damaged continued all the way up to just south of the peak of the mountain. As the tornado moved down the eastern side of Choccolocco Mountain, it narrowed substantially and became stronger once it reached the valley below. Stands of trees were wiped out with trunks snapped relatively close to ground level. Perhaps the most intense damage along the entire track occurred along Hollingsworth Rd, where a site built home was completely destroyed with only a portion of one interior wall left standing. Debris from this home was blown downstream across a field with some evidence of wind rowing. Hay bales adjacent to the home, estimated at 800 pounds each, were thrown up to 300 yards to the east. Maximum winds at this location were estimated at 150 mph. The tornado continued east-southeast and downed many thousands of trees in the Talladega National Forest, areas north of Fruithurst, areas north of Muscadine, and to the Georgia State Line. The tornado damage path to the Georgia State Line is 34.29 miles long.