SPC Stats

Path length: 15 miles

Width:  10 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  3

Rating:  F3

County:  Colbert, Lawrence

A total of 21 tornadoes occurred on October 24, 1967.  There were 5 given a rating of F3 and we look at one of those in this summary.  This F3 tracked 15 miles through parts of Colbert and Lawrence Counties in Alabama.  The tornado began near Colbert Heights and moved ENE to north of Leighton and north of Town Creek.  Toward the end of the track, 7 houses were demolished and a church was damaged.  There were 3 injuries.  One injury occurred when Jesse McQuire was lifted out of his house and dropped 200 feet away INTO another house.  I have attached a newspaper article mentioning this event.  It also notes that the house he was dropped into was destroyed but a dozen eggs were found in the kitchen with nary a crack.

Storm Data Entry

Tornado demolished house trailer in Cooks Lane Community south of Tuscumbia, skipped east-northeast in rural area uprooting trees, knocking down power lines and damaging or destroying several barns.  Storm moved into Lawrence County and struck about 3 miles north of Town Creek where 7 houses were demolished, several houses and a church damaged and several farm buildings destroyed. Three persons injured, one of which was lifted from 1 house and dropped about 200 feet away in another house.  

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.67 / -87.67      End: 34.73 / -87.42

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1967 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • SPC has a 10 yard width and NCDC has a 33 yard width.  This is usually the case when the width is missing/unknown.
  • Grazulis and Storm Data do not list the width.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1967 Storm Data Publication

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1093.

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