06febAll DayHelena (Shelby County, AL)


Start Time:  1:57 am CST

End Time: 2:09 am CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 120 mph

Path length: 9.91 miles

Width: 700 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Shelby

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon: 33.2015 / -86.9753

End Lat/Lon: 33.2954 / -86.8503

The tornado touched down in a wooded area near Red Oak Rd and Hancock Creek and tracked northeast, moving across a largely uninhabited area along the Cahaba River. The tornado quickly intensified to EF-2 strength where it snapped or uprooted thousands of soft and hardwood trees just south and east of Shelby County Rd 1 in the Ward Creek area per aerial survey.  Continuing northeast, the tornado crossed many bends along the Cahaba River before eventually weakening to EF-0 strength as it approached the Moss Bend area where timber damage was observed with trees snapped or uprooted. Further northeast, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along a portion of Oak View Lane. The tornado continued northeast into the Old Cahaba neighborhood where several homes sustained minor roof and siding damage. The window to a home was also blown out along with additional damage to trees. The tornado continued northeast roughly paralleling Hillsboro Parkway where more trees were uprooted. The tornado dissipated just southeast of the Helena Amphitheater. The National Weather Service would like to send special thanks to Shelby County Emergency Management and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with ground and aerial damage assessments.


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