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11janAll DayUnion Grove (Marshall County, AL)

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Start Time:  1:19 pm CST

End Time:  1:24 pm CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 120 mph

Path length: 0.22 miles

Width: 150 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Marshall

State:  Alabama

Start Lat/Lon: 34.3974 / -86.446

End Lat/Lon: 34.4006 / -86.4463


The tornado initially touchdown just south west of Brindlee Mountain Primary School. At this location, the school gymnasium, 10 classrooms, and the cafeteria were destroyed.  Numerous beams in the roof of the gym were also twisted and bent, and large bolts used to attach it to the foundation were ripped from the structure.  EF2 tornado damage was determined at this location, with wind speeds 120MPH.  In addition to damage to the school, several trees were snapped or uprooted at this location near the ballfield.  A set of bleachers was hurled over 150 yards from one side of the school to the other.  Several dumpsters were displaced as well, along with three or four power poles snapped at their bases. This lead to additional damage at the school property when the poles fell on the school awning and roof.  Little to no additional tornado damage was noted to the northeast of the school, aside from roofing materials strewn from the damage at the primary school itself.  The tornado ended as it crossed Union Grove Road west of the Union Grove Fire Station. 

Special thanks to Marshall County EMA with their assistance on the storm surveys this afternoon.


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