An EF2 Tornado Touched Down in Barbour County Tuesday

An EF2 tornado with estimated top winds of 130 mph touched down in Barbour County late Tuesday morning just after 11:30am CDT. Below are the official survey results from the National Weather Service in Birmingham. Although not in our viewing area, we have also included the results from the survey done on the Pike County tornadoes.

 

NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/31/20 TORNADO EVENT

 

OVERVIEW

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE CAUSED A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE TO

FROM ALONG A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT AND MOVE EASTWARD ALONG THE

HIGHWAY 80 AND INTERSTATE 85 CORRIDORS. THIS ALLOWED A WARM FRONT TO

LIFT NORTHWARD ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.

NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT, A LINE OF SHOWERS WITH SPORADIC LIGHTNING

STRIKES ALONG AN INVERTED TROUGH WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS

DESPITE A COOL AND STABLE AIR MASS AT THE SURFACE, KNOCKING DOWN

NUMEROUS TREES FROM TUSCALOOSA COUNTY TO RANDOLPH COUNTY DURING THE

FIRST PART OF THE MORNING. A QLCS AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT MOVED

EASTWARD LATER IN THE MORNING FROM LOWNDES COUNTY TO BARBOUR COUNTY,

PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS. ADDITIONALLY, A BOOKEND VORTEX AND EMBEDDED

SUPERCELL STRUCTURES CAUSED A COUPLE OF WEAK TORNADOS IN PIKE COUNTY

AND A STRONG TORNADO NEAR EUFAULA.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ARE ONGOING FOR ADDITIONAL POTENTIAL TORNADO

TRACKS.

 

TORNADO #3 EUFAULA TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)

RATING:                 EF-2

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH

PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  7.85 MILES

PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   350 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAR 31 2020

START TIME:             11:34 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         3 ENE BAKER HILL

START LAT/LON:          31.8016 / -85.2636

END DATE:               MAR 31 2020

END TIME:               11:46 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           5 S EUFAULA

END LAT/LON:            31.8173 / -85.1313

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE TORNADO FORMED IN A WOODED AREA WEST OF LEE PARKER LANE, JUST

NORTH OF HIGHWAY 131 AND TO THE NORTHEAST OF BAKER HILL. IT MOVED

NORTHEASTWARD DOWNING TREES AND CAUSING MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO TWO

RESIDENCES ALONG FIVE MILE ROAD AND REMOVING THE ROOF FROM AN

OUTBUILDING. IT CONTINUED TO SNAP NUMEROUS TREES AS IT MOVED THROUGH

A WOODED AREA. IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 131 NEAR LEROY ROAD WHERE TWO

RESIDENCES AND A MOBILE HOME SUFFERED MINOR DAMAGE AS THE TORNADO

TURNED EASTWARD. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 431,

WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRING IN THE COUNTRY CLUB OF

ALABAMA NEIGHBORHOOD ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF PEBBLE BEACH DRIVE.

LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOFS WERE REMOVED FROM A FEW WELL BUILT

RESIDENCES WITH COLLAPSE OF SOME EXTERIOR WALLS. THE TORNADO CROSSED

THE WALTER F. GEORGE RESERVOIR ALONG THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND

CONTINUED INTO QUITMAN COUNTY IN GEORGIA.

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TORNADO #1 TROY AIRPORT TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)…

RATING:                 EF-0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH

PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  1.61 MILES

PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   80 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAR 31 2020

START TIME:             10:34 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         1 WSW TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

START LAT/LON:          31.8539 / -86.0307

END DATE:               MAR 31 2020

END TIME:               10:36 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           1 SE TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

END LAT/LON:            31.8580 / -86.0037

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE TORNADO FORMED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LAKE ROAD AND OAK GROVE

ROAD JUST SOUTHWEST OF TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. BRANCHES AND A COUPLE

TREES WERE DOWNED ALONG OAK GROVE ROAD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-

NORTHEASTWARD, REMOVING THE ROOF FROM A BARN AND DOWNING A COUPLE

MORE TREES, BEFORE CROSSING THE NORTH-SOUTH RUNWAYS AT THE AIRPORT.

THE TORNADO PASSED SOUTH OF THE TERMINAL AND THE KTOI ASOS. WINDS

BACKED FROM 200 DEGREES TO 170 DEGREES AND THEN VEERED TO 260 DEGREES

WHILE GUSTING TO 47 MPH, SUGGESTING THAT THE ASOS REMAINED OUTSIDE

OF THE TORNADO. THE TORNADO DOWNED A COUPLE MORE TREES BEFORE

DISSIPATING WEST OF HIGHWAY 231. THE TORNADO WAS OBSERVED ON VIDEO

FROM THE AIRPORT.

 

TORNADO #2 SANDFIELD TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)…

RATING:                 EF-0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH

PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  0.83 MILES

PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   180 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAR 31 2020

START TIME:             10:51 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         1 S SANDFIELD

START LAT/LON:          31.9011  / -85.8111

END DATE:               MAR 31 2020

END TIME:               10:52 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           1 ESE SANDFIELD

END LAT/LON:            31.9025 / -85.7972

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE TORNADO FORMED IN A WOODED RURAL AREA SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 223 AND

THE SANDFIELD COMMUNITY. SEVERAL TREES WERE DOWNED AS IT CROSSED AN

UNNAMED DIRT ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 6615. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO

DISSIPATE PRIOR TO REACHING THE BULLOCK COUNTY LINE. A BRIEF TORNADO

DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS ALSO OBSERVED VIA KMXX RADAR.

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