SUMMARY: 3 tornadoes were confirmed in our south-central Coverage Zones, 2 more in Elmore County which is outside of our Coverage Zone. 8 injuries and a fatality have been confirmed in Sawyerville (Hale County).
..Tornado 1: Kinterbish Tornado (Sumter County)... Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 120 mph Path Length /statute/: 15.47 miles Path Width /maximum/: 900 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 02/03/2022 Start Time: 12:52 PM CST Start Location: 6 S Cuba / Sumter County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 32.3565 / -88.3857 End Date: 02/03/2022 End Time: 01:15 PM CST End Location: 3 WNW Lilita / Sumter County / AL End Lat/Lon: 32.5009 / -88.1832 Survey Summary: The tornado began on Jarman Road in far southwest Sumter County where some trees were snapped. It continued northeast and quickly reached its maximum intensity near Jemison Street and Campbell Street. Here numerous trees were downed and a home was shifted off its foundation with collapse of some of its walls. The tornado weakened by the time it crossed County Road 10, but continued to cause timber damage on Johnson Street and Siloam Road. Trees continued to be snapped and uprooted near the intersection of Highway 80 and Highway 17, with a 300 yard wide swath of downed trees reported by a landowner on Rumley Tower Road. The tornado dissipated after crossing County Road 13. ..Tornado #2: Forkland-Sawyerville Tornado (Greene and Hale Counties)... Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 135 mph Path Length /statute/: 25.95 miles Path Width /maximum/: 1700 yards Fatalities: 1 Injuries: 8 Start Date: 02/03/2022 Start Time: 01:38 PM CST Start Location: 2 E Tishabee / Greene County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 32.8585 / -87.6089 End Date: 02/03/2022 End Time: 02:16 PM CST End Location: Harper Hill / Hale County / AL End Lat/Lon: 32.6331 / -87.9639 Survey Summary: The tornado first touched down just south of Greene County Road 69 in the Charleston Swamp east of Tishabee and west of Riverwalk Road. The first damage produced was along CR 69, and was limited to trees damaging homes. Tree damage continued as the tornado moved off to the north-northeast, crossing Al HWY 43 before moving over inaccessible land between HWY 43 and the Black Warrior River. The tornado crossed into Hale County at approximately 1:53 PM and intensified, uprooting and mowing down hundreds of trees as it moved along Bass Lane near the Black Warrior. The tornado then moved along Mason Bend Road on a slightly diagonal angle uprooting and snapping numerous hardwood and softwood trees, damaging or destroying several manufactured homes, and causing a few minor injuries. One unoccupied single- wide manufactured home rolled over and landed upside-down on top of a car. From there it continued east-northeastward, crossing Erie Rd and CR 92 with slightly less intense damage to trees. As it approached AL HWY 14 just north of Sawyerville, several homes were damaged, and one double-wide was destroyed, causing several injuries. The tornado turned over a fish truck causing the load of fish to be across the road, and deposited two pickup trucks in a pond. The tornado continued east-northeastward snapping and uprooting trees as it crossed CR 17. As it approached CR 30, the tornado reached its maximum intensity of about 135 mph. A double- wide manufactured home was torn from it's anchors, lofted and tossed approximately 50 yards across the road, causing one fatality and 2 serious injuries. A site-built home diagonally across the street sustained significant roof damage and broken glass. A double-wide home a few hundred yards south of the first home was split in two, with one half of the home remaining anchored while the other half appeared to roll away. The tornado then crossed wooded land and pastures on either side of Big Brush Creek, before crossing CR 21, snapping and uprooting numerous trees along the road. Similar but less consistent damage continued as it crossed Raspberry and Hubbard Roads before moving over inaccessible woods and pastures along Five Mile Creek. The tornado continued to weaken as it crossed AL HWY 69 near Harper Hill, causing only sporadic tree damage. Based on radar data the tornado quickly dissipated past this point and may have continued a few hundred yards into woods somewhere between Harper Hills Road and CR 31. ..Tornado #3: Low Gap Tornado (Hale, Bibb, and Tuscaloosa Counties)... Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 125 mph Path Length /statute/: 7.08 miles Path Width /maximum/: 400 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 02/03/2022 Start Time: 02:31 PM CST Start Location: 3 ENE Phipps / Hale County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 32.9401 / -87.4512 End Date: 02/03/2022 End Time: 02:42 PM CST End Location: 3 NNW Low Gap / Tuscaloosa County / AL End Lat/Lon: 33.0309 / -87.405 Survey Summary: The tornado started just southwest of Eagle Drive off of CR49 where notable tree damage was observed. The tornado crossed CR49 just north of the intersection with Eagle Drive where it uprooted a few trees and tore some sheet metal from the roof of a barn. The tornado then crossed CR721 west of Low Gap where widespread tree damage occurred. It continued onward, crossing CR707 with trees down that had been blocking the road. The tornado track ended just across Lake Payne Road north of the fork with Shiloh Fire Tower Loop Road.
Tornadoes 4 and 5 in Elmore County are outside of our Coverage Zones but will be included for information.
..Tornado #4 Northwest Elmore County A very brief EF0 tornado was noted just northeast of Deatsville in the northwest part of Elmore County. More information is to come once the teams get back to the office. ..Tornado #5 Northeast Elmore County A very brief EF0 tornado was noted just northeast of Eclectic in the far northeast section of Elmore County. More information is to come once the teams get back to the office.