19aprAll DayAndalusia (Covington County, AL)


Start Time: 10:49 pm CDT 

End Time:  10:52 pm CDT

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 120 mph

Path length: 1.2 miles

Width:  300 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  1

County:  Covington

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon: 31.3479 / -86.3955

End Lat/Lon: 31.3364 / -86.3800

A tornado touched down just to the northwest of County Road 70 and traveled approximately one and a quarter of a mile towards the southeast. The tornado rapidly intensified after touchdown and produced EF-2 damage. A stand of pine trees were snapped near the bases with no tree left undamaged. The tornado then widened and severely damaged a duplex, sweeping it from its foundation with portions of the debris lofted across C.R. 70 approximately 75 yards away. The duplex did not have proper anchoring to the slab. A nearby concrete block workshop was also destroyed with the roof removed and 26 foot high concrete block walls toppled. A storage unit to the south was also completely destroyed. This damage was assessed as EF-2 tornado intensity.

Across C.R. 70, another single family home was significantly damaged. Large portions of the roof were removed along with partial wall failure. Doors and windows were blown in at the home. This damage was assessed as EF-1 intensity.

The tornado continued southeastward and heavily damaged another stand of mixed softwood and hardwood trees, with many of them snapped either near the base or one quarter of the way up. This damage was assessed as EF-2 tornado intensity.  Immediately beyond the tree damage was a metal garage building where the roof was partially removed and a complete wall was ripped off.

The tornado traveled farther southeast through a wooded area and came out into a pasture where it severely damaged and destroyed 4 large chicken houses. The chicken house walls were bolted into the foundation and were completely removed in several locations. This tornado damage was assessed at EF-2 intensity.

The tornado began to weaken as it crossed Harmony Church Road and dissipated just to the southeast where trees were snapped and uprooted just prior to the end of the tornado track. EF-1 damage was assessed prior to tornado dissipation.


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