The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirmed 6 tornadoes tracked across north Alabama on Easter Sunday (April 15, 2020). Combined with 13 storm surveys from central Alabama confirm there were 19 in Alabama in our Coverage Area.
In North Alabama there were 3 in Cullman County, 1 in Marshall County and 3 in DeKalb County
- Johnson’s Crossing EF-1 (Cullman County)
- Walter EF-2 (Cullman County)
- Welti EF-0 (Cullman County)
- Boaz EF-2 (Marshall/DeKalb Counties)
- Collinsville EF-0 (DeKalb County)
- Shiloh/Higdon EF-0 (DeKalb County)
Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph Path Length /statute/: 5.42 miles Path Width /maximum/: 300.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 04/12/2020 Start Time: 09:00 PM CDT Start Location: 2 S Good Hope / Cullman County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.0736 / -86.8747 End Date: 04/12/2020 End Time: 09:09 PM CDT End Location: 2 NW Hanceville / Cullman County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.0937 / -86.7835 Summary: The tornado touched down just west of Beech Grove Road just south of Good Hope before crossing Interstate 65 near mile marker 302 where dozens of trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado continued on an east-northeast track crossing County Road 490 and County Road 573 uprooting dozens more trees. As the tornado neared Highway 31 along Day Gap Road, it intensified and removed the roof from a single wide trailer and caused more concentrated tree damage. The tornado crossed Highway 31 and continue to the east-northeast causing damage to a gas station and uprooting or snapping several more trees. The tornado lifted just east of County Road 599.
Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 115 mph Path Length /statute/: 2.5 miles Path Width /maximum/: 350.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 04/12/2020 Start Time: 09:12 PM CDT Start Location: 5 NW Chamblees Mill / Cullman County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.1239 / -86.7087 End Date: 04/12/2020 End Time: 09:16 PM CDT End Location: 4 SW Holly Pond / Cullman County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.1337 / -86.6669 Summary: The tornado touched down just east of County Road 640 near the Duck River and move to the northeast. Along its path, it uprooted numerous trees and removed the metal roofing on a chicken house as it move across County Road 645. The tornado intensified as it cross County Road 703 and removed the roof of a home. Another home along County Road 781 had its roof removed. The tornado continued briefly to the northeast, uprooting more trees and removing the metal roofing of a barn. The tornado lifted just east of County Road 771 near Buzzard Branch.
Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph Path Length /statute/: 0.35 miles Path Width /maximum/: 70.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 04/12/2020 Start Time: 09:11 PM CDT Start Location: 5 NNE Hanceville / Cullman County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.1329 / -86.7377 End Date: 04/12/2020 End Time: 09:12 PM CDT End Location: 5 NNE Hanceville / Cullman County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.1297 / -86.733 Summary: A brief tornado touched down near the junction of County Road 749 and County Road 747 just south of the Welti Community. The tornado moved to the southeast where it uprooted several trees and destroyed a small shed. It cross 747 and uprooted a few more trees before lifting east of 747 near Glasscock Creek.
Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 132 mph Path Length /statute/: 9.21 miles Path Width /maximum/: 440.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 2 Start Date: 04/12/2020 Start Time: 06:22 PM CDT Start Location: 1 SSE Boaz / Marshall County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.1891 / -86.1505 End Date: 04/12/2020 End Time: 06:33 PM CDT End Location: 3 S Crossville / DeKalb County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.2383 / -86.0019 Summary: A National Weather Service storm assessment team determined the damage in Boaz, AL was consistent with a strong EF2 tornado with winds of around 130 mph. The tornado in Marshall County likely touched down west of HWY 431, south of Denson Ave. It quickly intensified to its peak strength as it crossed HWY 431 and plowed through a neighborhood north of Roden Rd. Nearly every single home (dozens) in this neighborhood experienced some degree of damage. The most intense damage was noted from two separate single family homes. The first home, with most devastating damage, was completely destroyed and was mostly taken off its foundation with only two small interior rooms remaining, where the residents took shelter. It was noted however that the anchorage system for the home appeared to be non- existent with no bolts observed to the foundation crawl space piers. This led to a much lower expected value for storm damage of this magnitude. The second heavily damaged home had damage indicators more in line with a strong EF2 tornado. This home, also on Lee Ave, experienced a collapse of exterior walls, likely occurring after the roof was taken off. The tornado continued on an east to northeast track across and along Bethsaida Rd causing numerous trees to snap or be uprooted. Several houses appeared to have had shingle roof damage. The tornado continued in the southern DeKalb County and caused sporadic tree damage before it dissipated near the intersection of CR 29 and CR 26.
Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph Path Length /statute/: 3.56 miles Path Width /maximum/: 110.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 04/12/2020 Start Time: 10:22 PM CDT Start Location: 1 NNE Collinsville / DeKalb County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.2744 / -85.856 End Date: 04/12/2020 End Time: 10:28 PM CDT End Location: 4 NE Collinsville / DeKalb County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.2988 / -85.8027 Summary: National Weather Service Huntsville storm assessment team determined the sporadic and minor damage near Collinsville was caused by an EF-0 Tornado. Damage indicators at touch down were noted as several trees were uprooted along and just east of N. Valley Ave. Large branches were snapped off trees as the tornado tracked east of CR 822 before destroying a small barn shed along CR 853.
Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 95 MPH Path length /Statute/: 1.95 Miles Path width /Maximum/: 154 Yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: 04/12/2020 Start time: 9:50 PM CDT Start location: 1 SE Higdon / DeKalb County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.8349 / -85.612 End date: 04/12/2020 End time: 9:54 PM CDT End location: 3 ESE Higdon / DeKalb County / Alabama End Lat/Lon: 34.8372 / -85.5789 Survey Summary: The tornado touched down half a mile to the west of Shiloh Community Church, damaging a barn. The tornado moved eastward along County Road 814 approaching the community of Shiloh. The greatest structural damage occurred at the church, with large sections of roof being damaged, and the walkway covering being removed from the church. At this point the tornado was at its widest, at 154 yards. The tornado continued moving to the east toward the Alabama/Georgia state line. Along the remainder of the path, relatively minor damage occurred to several mobile homes, peeling back metal from the roofs, and snapping both hardwood and softwood trees. The tornado was EF-1 strength at its highest intensity near Shiloh Community Church, with wind speeds of 95 mph. The tornado further strengthened and became larger in size after it crossed into Northwestern Georgia.