Central AL Tornadoes 3-30-22

12 Tornadoes Confirmed In Central Alabama From 3/30/22 Event

Overview... A strong storm system moved into Central Alabama 
on the afternoon of March 30, 2022. Thunderstorms moved west to
east from late afternoon into the overnight hours. A few discrete
supercell storms developed ahead of the main convective line,
along with a few supercells embedded within the line. Some of
these storms produced tornadoes. Additionally, the storm system 
produced damaging straight line wind gusts and gradient wind
damage ahead of the convective line.

Our Team was very active during this time within our Slack Workspace especially for central Alabama – as there was not much activity across Coverage Zone 1. A summary of all of the tornado surveys by NWS Birmingham are below, paginated to 4 surveys on each page. Navigate using the page numbers/arrows at the bottom of each page to see more.

* indicates that this is outside of our Coverage Zone but is still included.

The featured image indicates where tornado damage was reported to NWS, but it is up to them to determine if this is one or separate tornadoes during their surveys.

Tornado #1 Greenwood Road-Livingston Tornado (Sumter County)

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  7.23 miles 
Path Width /maximum/:   600 yards 
Fatalities:             0 
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/30/2022
Start Time:             08:51 PM CDT
Start Location:         3 NNW Old Mallard Airport / Sumter County
/ AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5369 / -88.2934

End Date:               03/30/2022
End Time:               09:02 PM CDT
End Location:           Livingston / Sumter County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.6004 / -88.1957


Survey Summary:
NWS Birmingham storm survey team identified an EF-1 tornado damage
path in southwest Sumter County. The tornado is believed to have
touched down somewhere near Greenwood Rd and Interstate 20. This
area was heavily wooded and inaccessible, leaving the exact
touchdown point estimated by radar. However, timber damage was 
found along portions of Greenwood Rd and Interstate 20 where 
swaths of snapped and uprooted trees were observed from the 
highway. This associates with a tornado debris signature seen on 
KBMX and KGWX RADARs. The tornado continued northeast crossing 
County Rd 12 where additional trees were snapped and uprooted. The
tornado then moved between Livingston Country Club and Livingston
Park before dissipating near the UWA campus on Lake Dr.

Tornado #2: Kirk Tornado (Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties)

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  16.61 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   450 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/30/2022
Start Time:             09:02 PM CDT
Start Location:         2 SSW Kirk / Pickens County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.2126 / -87.9089

End Date:               03/30/2022
End Time:               09:21 PM CDT
End Location:           2 E Brownville / Tuscaloosa County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.3938 / -87.7207

Survey Summary:
The tornado began in a wooded area southwest of Benevola Road,
south of Gordo in northeast Pickens County. It began to snap and
uproot trees as it crossed Snider Road, also causing roof damage
to a residence and shed. The tornado continued to snap and uproot
trees as it began to parallel Benevola Road, blowing off the roof
of a barn that was being constructed. It reached its first maximum
in intensity as it approached the Kirk community, snapping and 
uprooting many trees, with at least one falling on a home. It 
continued to damage sheds and damaged the roof of a manufactured 
home. The tornado began to decrease in intensity as it moved 
northeast towards Highway 82, but continued to down trees and 
caused minor roof damage to some homes along Highway 82. It 
appeared to increase again in intensity again as it approached the
intersection of Boyd Road and Upper Columbus Road in the Echola 
community, snapping and uprooting more trees and collapsing a 
couple chicken houses. The tornado continued to snap trees as it 
crossed the Sipsey River, dissipating just before reaching Highway
171.

* Tornado #3: County Road 72 Tornado (Greene County)

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.81 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   275 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/30/2022
Start Time:             09:10 PM CDT
Start Location:         2 WNW Tishabee / Greene County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6462 / -88.0263

End Date:               03/30/2022
End Time:               09:21 PM CDT
End Location:           3 SE Allison / Greene County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.7465 / -87.9363

Survey Summary:
NWS Birmingham storm survey team determined an EF-1 tornado
touched down in rural Greene County west of Johnston Lake. Damage
began with snapped and uprooted trees, though impacted some
mobile homes on Knott Rd. One mobile home there was rolled and
destroyed. The tornado continued northeast across a heavily
wooded area but then impacted homes and farm buildings near
Taylor Branch. One house sustained minor roof and siding damage,
but a mobile home farther east was completely destroyed with
debris blown north into a tree line along County Rd 50. Residents
were not home at the time. The tornado continued northeast
impacting a nearby church at County Rd 50 and 72. Several homes
near there sustained minor to significant roof damage on Develle
Rd. The tornado continued northeast crossing County Roads 49,
20 and 148 where additional timber damage was observed at these
locations. The tornado lifted near Taylor Creek before it could
cross US Hwy 43.

* Tornado #4: Fikes Ferry Road Tornado (Perry County)

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph
Path Length /statute/:  6.00 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   620 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/30/2022
Start Time:             09:33 PM CDT
Start Location:         1 NNW Hamburg / Perry County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5475 / -87.2944

End Date:               03/30/2022
End Time:               09:41 PM CDT
End Location:           2 NW Radford / Perry County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.6154 / -87.2309

Survey Summary:
NWS meteorologists confirmed a tornado damage track that occurred
just southeast of the town of Marion. The tornado began along Dr
JJ Howard Road where a path of trees were snapped and uprooted
either side of farmland. Additional trees were snapped and
uprooted along Albert Turner Sr Memorial Highway where a residence
escaped any significant damage despite significant surrounding 
timber damage. The most significant damage occurred along Fikes 
Ferry Road where a swath of pine trees were snapped, pushing the 
rating to EF-2. The tornado then continued northeastward, coming 
to an end before reaching Highway 14 just north of Radford.
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