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12aprAll DayHigdon (DeKalb County, AL)/Trenton (Dade County, GA)

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Start Time: 9:50 pm CDT 

End Time: 11:05 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 100 mph

Path length: 7.44 miles

Width: 350 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  DeKalb (AL),  Dade (GA)

State:  Alabama, Georgia

Start Lat/Lon:  34.8349 / -85.612

End Lat/Lon:  34.8621 / -85.4851


From NWS Huntsville: The tornado touched down half a mile to the west of Shiloh Community Church, damaging a barn. The tornado moved eastward along County Road 814 approaching the community of Shiloh. The greatest structural damage occurred at the church, with large sections of roof being damaged, and the walkway covering being removed from the church. At this point the tornado was at its widest, at 154 yards. The tornado continued moving to the east toward the Alabama/Georgia state line. Along the remainder of the path, relatively minor damage occurred to several mobile homes, peeling back metal from the roofs, and snapping both hardwood and softwood trees. The tornado was EF-1 strength at its highest intensity near Shiloh Community Church, with wind speeds of 95 mph. The tornado further strengthened and became larger in size after it crossed into Northwestern Georgia.

From NWS Peachtree CityThis tornado originated in Dekalb County, AL, in the forecast area of NWS Huntsville where EF-1 damage occurred.  The tornado crossed the Alabama/Georgia border at EF-1 strength downing numerous trees along Michaels Road/Brown Gap Cemetery road before destroying the pillars in front of a house and causing additional damage to the roof. The tornado then continued northeast crossing Back Valley Road downing several trees on the Trenton Golf Club property. Along US Highway 11, additional trees were downed damaging houses before the tornado moved into the city of Trenton. In Trenton, notable damage occurred along Glenview Drive where an RV was overturned and destroyed. Additional tree damage was seen along Canyon Park Drive before the tornado lifted. In all, around 100 homes were damaged with a few destroyed from trees falling in them. For more information on the tornado when it was in Alabama please see the public information statement from NWS Huntsville.


Sources:

Public Information Statement – NWS Huntsville

Public Information Statement – NWS Peachtree City


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