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11janAll DayCarrollton (Pickens County, AL)

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Start Time:  11:10 am CST

End Time:  11:20 am CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 134 mph

Path length: 6.33 miles

Width: 1056 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries: 7

County: Pickens

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon: 33.2379 / -88.1545

End Lat/Lon: 33.3253 / -88.1223


A tornado touched down south of Highway 86, and just on the south side of Coleman Road. This location is about 2 miles east of Pickensville.  From there, the tornado moved north northeast, crossing Highway 86. Along Highway 86, there were at least 3 homes damaged with 1 losing most of its roofing. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped off or were uprooted at this location.

The tornado continued north northeast across Turnipseed Road, causing significant tree damage.  Next, the tornado moved along Settlement Road, nearly paralleling the road northward.  At this point that the tornado was likely near its peak intensity. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed on the west side of Settlement Road, while homes on the east side sustained generally minor damage.  Of the homes destroyed, six were site-built homes.  Four manufactured homes were completely destroyed, three of which had anchoring systems that failed.  All four manufactured home frames were found considerable distances from the home sites.

Three fatalities occurred in two of these manufactured homes on Settlement Road.  In addition, all of the injuries were also on Settlement Road.

The tornado continued through the forest and crossed Pine Grove Road near McDaniel Road. The farm at this location sustained significant damage with the home and at least two barns heavily damaged.  Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were uprooted or snapped as well.  From here, the tornado continued north northeastward and began to weaken.  It crossed Pearson Road, uprooting several trees before dissipating north of Pearson Road and west of Phoenix Road.  At least 22 homes  suffered varying degrees of damage.  The tornado path length was 6.33 miles long and was 1056 yards wide at its widest point.


Sources:

Public Information Statement

NWS Birmingham Summary


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