SPC Stats

Path length: 44 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Coffee, Dale, Barbour

There was one tornado on November 25, 1986.  It was an F3 that had a long path of 44 miles through parts of Coffee, Dale and Barbour Counties in Alabama.  The twister developed in the New Brockton area and per Storm Data had an intermittent path to the northeast down Ariton, Elamville, Clio and then Clayton where the tornado dissipated.  

There were 3 injuries in New Brockton and 1 church, 3 homes and 2 other buildings were destroyed.  Near Ariton, an injury occurred in a mobile home. A total of 2 mobile homes were destroyed.  Four homes, a business building, 6 mobile homes and several outbuildings were destroyed near Elamville.

Storm Data Entry

A tornado first touched down in the New Brockton area of Coffee County and followed an intermittent path NE near Alabama Highway 51 to Ariton, in Dale County, and Elamville, Clio and Clayton in Barbour County.  In the New Brocton area, three people were reported to have been injured and damage included one church destroyed and one damaged, three houses destroyed and 17 damaged, and two other buildings destroyed.  Near Ariton, in Dale County, one person was reported to have been injured in a mobile home.  Damage included two mobile homes destroyed and four damaged.  The next major damage was in the Elamville area of SW Barbour County where four houses, a business building, six mobile homes and numerous outbuildings were destroyed, and at least four houses and one mobile home were damaged.  Damage elsewhere along the path consisted mainly of downed trees and powerlines. 

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.38 / -85.93      End: 31.88 / -85.45

Also plotted intermittent county coordinates provided by NCDC Database

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

Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

November 1986 Storm Data Publication


Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1277.

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