Path length: 13.48 miles
Width: 206 yards
County: Jackson, DeKalb
Just after midnight on November 30, 2016, an EF3 tornado crossed through parts of Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Alabama. This was one of 39, during a 2-day outbreak. There was significant damage in the towns of Rosalie and Ider. Sadly, 4 people were killed.
Along CR-71, the Rosalie Plaza Grocery was destroyed. Not far from this area, several mobile homes were demolished. In one of these homes, Justin Wright, his sister April and his girlfriend Jessica Fleming, were killed. Here is an article from WHNT News 19 about those killed.
The strongest winds were recorded in DeKalb County along CR-117 and CR-159 near Ider. A one-story day care center were completely destroyed and blown off its foundation. Per Storm Data, “The damage assessment team noted the structure was bolted to the foundation, however the floor plates connecting to the foundation were observed to have some degree of degradation. This led to a preliminary assessment of a tornado of EF-3 strength with winds approximately 145 mph.”
There were 10 injuries at this location. On February 8, 2017, one of those individuals passed away.
Storm Data Entry
Sporadic damage was first observed along CR-71, north of Pisgah with much more widespread tree and structure damage observed CR-71 and CR-60, entering into Rosalie, where the tornado was suspected to touch down. Numerous hardwood and pine softwood trees were observed to be uprooted or snapped along with several wooden power line poles snapped. As the tornado moved east-northeast, nearly on top of CR-71, roof damage was reported to a brick church. Additionally, a large two story wooden structure (used for church related receptions) was heavily damaged. Damage indicators for that structure were related to a small barn. EF-1 damage was recorded for the area around the church with winds approximately 100 mph.
EF-2 damage was observed nearly one quarter mile further ENE along CR-71. A long, one story strip mall was destroyed (Rosalie Plaza Grocery). The assessment team noted that the roof was not strapped down and that cinder blocks were only held together by mortar. It was determined that the tornado likely blew the roof off the structure which quickly led to the block walls to collapse. Winds of 125 mph were estimated.
Additional EF-2 damage was reported one quarter to one third mile further ENE along CR-71. Several mobile homes, with at least one mobile home noted to have been tied down, were completely destroyed. Three fatalities were reported from this section of damage. Additionally, numerous softwood trees were either uprooted or snapped along with several wooden power poles snapped.
The assessment team was able to connect the previous Rosalie track to the Ider track after observing significant roof damage to single family home with complete destruction to a barn on the property near the intersection of CR-345 and CR-78. Additional points were added along CR-330 to CR-117 (DeKalb Co.) after the team recorded snapped softwood and hardwood trees and damage to a large anchored shed.
Significant damage was observed from the tornado along CR-117 and CR-159. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were either uprooted or snapped at the trunk along CR-117 leading up to CR-159. The strongest winds of this tornado were recorded near this location. A one story day care center was completely destroyed and blown off its foundation. Preliminary info recorded 10 injuries at this location.
The damage assessment team noted the structure was bolted the foundation, however the floor plates connecting to the foundation were observed to have some degree of degradation. This led to a preliminary assessment of a tornado of EF-3 strength with winds approximately 145 mph.
*Update: of the 10 injuries, one individual has since passed away on 2/8/17.
Between CR-117 and AL-75 in DeKalb County, numerous chicken farms were completely destroyed along. Several homes in the area sustained significant roof damage and two anchored mobiles homes were observed to have rolled. One unanchored mobile home was completely destroyed with scattered debris.
Finally, the team traveled along CR-792 in the Deer Head Cove area (near the AL/GA state line) and observed complete destruction to a well anchored and large metal shed. Winds were estimated to be 111 MPH at this location. Numerous soft wood pine trees were snapped or uprooted up to the AL/GA state line. The team traveled into nearby Dade County, observed minor debris, but no damage.
Radar and Damage Photos via NWS Huntsville
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