Path length: 12.1 miles
Width: 440 yards
Per the Storm Prediction Center, there were 4 tornadoes in Alabama on May 1, 1953. Two were eventually rated F2 and two rated F4. We look at one of those F4s in this summary.
This tornado traveled 12.1 miles through parts of Clay County, AL. It moved ENE from 2 miles North of Millerville, passing 3 miles South of Ashland, to 2 miles South of Lineville. (Grazulis, pg. 969). The max width was 440 yards. There were 12 injuries and 7 fatalities reported.
Per the summary in the May 1953 Climatological Data National Summary, 19 homes were destroyed and 50 damaged. 36 other buildings were destroyed and 57 damaged. Many chickens were killed, stripped of their feathers.
Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, the 7 deaths occurred in 3 of the 19 destroyed homes. A gas station was leveled as well.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the May 1953 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC has a length of 12.1 miles.
- Grazulis lists the length at 20 miles.
- CDNS has a length of 25 miles.
- SPC and CDNS have the width at 440 yards.
- Grazulis lists a 400 yard width.
May 1953 Climatological Data National Summary
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1362.
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