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12aprAll DayReece City (Etowah County, AL)

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Start Time: 6:14 pm CDT 

End Time:  6:28 pm CDT 

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 115 mph

Path length: 12.19 miles

Width: 875 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Etowah

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon:  34.0419 / -86.0704

End Lat/Lon:  34.1752 / -85.9321


The tornado first touched down near Oak Hill Cemetery on the north side of Attalla along Highway 11. Here several large trees were uprooted. The tornado tracked northeast almost paralleling the Highway 11. Many homes suffered extensive structural damage due to falling and snapped trees. Numerous power poles were also snapped along its track from Attalla into Reece City. The tornado widened and strengthened as it moved into Reece City with a wide swath of hardwood trees snapped and felled along on both sides of Highway 11 near Bethany Baptist Church and Clifford Drive.  Here the tornado reached its maximum intensity of 115 mph. The tornado maintained intensity as it crossed Highway 211 and widened to its  maximum width of 925 yards with damage as far east as Interstate 59 Highway 11. A barn was also significantly damaged at this location. The tornado finally began to wind down as it tracked northeast with sporadic snapped and uprooted trees noted for the next couple of miles before lifting just south of Wallace Drive. The tornado damage path was 12.19 miles long and was 875 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 115 mph.


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