SPC Stats

Path length: 16.7 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  4

Injuries:  23

Rating:  EF4

County:  Lawrence, Morgan

The Super Tuesday Outbreak started during the evening of February 5 and continued through the early morning of February 6.  A total of 24 tornadoes occurred on the 6th.  Two EF4 tornadoes crossed through parts of Northern AL.  This summary looks at the EF4 in Lawrence and Morgan Counties.  

Per the NWS Huntsville Survey, max winds were estimated at 170 mph.  This occurred in Lawrence County.  The tornado developed near the Pinhook Community, north of Bankhead National Forest) just after 3am CST.  The tornado tracked 16.7 miles.  It ended 3 miles SSE of Caddo in Morgan County at 3:20am CST.

Numerous homes received significant damage.  A 2300 square foot/2-story brick house was nearly leveled off its foundation.  Large trees with diameters up to 4 feet were snapped and uprooted. Fence posts embedded in concrete were ripped out of the ground and tossed 50-100 feet.  A truck was thrown over a distance of more than 100 yards into an open field. 

The Storm Data Entries do not list any injuries.  The SPC database has 23 injuries reported.  There were 4 fatalities all in Lawrence County.  An article found in the Moulton Advertiser from March 18, 2009 states that  Greg and Becky Coleman and their 19 year-old son, Gereck were killed at their homes in Aldridge Grove.   In the Fairfield Community, 86-year-old Faye Nell Long McCulloch was thrown from her mobile home. She died at the hospital later that night.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.40 / -87.29   End:  34.56 / -87.06      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Radar and Damage Photos via NWS Huntsville Summary

The Hytop, AL radar (KHTX) shows the mesocyclone spawning an EF-4 tornado near the Pinhook community around 3 AM on February 7, 2008

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the February 2008 Storm Data Publication and the NWS Huntsville Summaries and found the following differences:

Injury Count:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 23 injuries.
  • Storm Data lists 0 injuries.

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