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12aprAll DayAttalla (Etowah County, AL)

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Start Time: 6:06 pm CDT 

End Time:  6:13 pm CDT 

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 95 mph

Path length: 5.52 miles

Width: 525 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Etowah

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon:  33.9987 / -86.1577

End Lat/Lon:  34.0500 / -86.0844


A tornado touched down southwest of the City of Attalla, generally in a wooded area near Lemon Hollow Road. Damage from this tornado mostly involved softwood trees that were snapped or uprooted in a northeasterly path crossing Miller Hollow Road a few times until the tornado approached Highway 77. Here, dozens of trees were snapped or uprooted, as well as minor structural damage to a farm building and a power substation north of Gray Creek Drive. The tornado crossed Highway 77 near Clear Creek and Little Sand Valley where further tree damage was observed before eventually crossing US Highway 431 near Simmons Lane. The tornado likely centered the ridge top along Simmons Lane as trees were snapped and uprooted along the road near Big Wills Creek. Farther northeast a residence sustained minor roof and porch damage and the circulation center passed overhead, evident by convergent tree fall and tree debris on the property. The tornado continued northeast where continued tree damage was observed before dissipating near Wesson Gap Road. The tornado damage path was 5.52 miles long and was 525 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 95 mph.


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