Five years ago, ten tornadoes left a path of destruction in the Tennessee Valley on November 29-30, 2016. These storms struck during the evening and at night, making it dangerous for those who were on it. the path of these tornadoes. Above, some photos of the damage caused by tornadoes. There were a total of three dead and thirteen injured. All three deaths and the majority of injuries occurred in an EF-3 tornado that swept through Jackson and Dekalb counties in the early morning of the 30th.
Of the ten tornadoes that affected the area, five were as strong as an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado. This means that the winds with the strongest tornadoes were between 111 and 165 mph. These have occurred in Cullman, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson and Madison counties.
Just after midnight on November 30, residents of parts of DeKalb and Jackson counties were awakened by a severe storm that would produce a tornado. The tornado made contact with the ground just outside Rosalie at 12:02 a.m. CST and caused continued damage of 13.7 miles. At 12:20 a.m. CST, the tornado arose 10 miles northwest of Ider, just before the Alabama-Georgia border.
This tornado left three dead and ten injured. Homes suffered extensive damage and a barn was completely destroyed in Jackson County. In DeKalb County, an unanchored mobile home was completely destroyed and in the Deer Head Cove area, a well-anchored metal shed was destroyed.
Tornado EF-3 that occurred in Morgan County made landfall at around 8:40 p.m. along Danville Road, just east of Isabel Mountain, and remained on the ground for eight minutes. The tornado continued to strengthen as it moved northeast, causing damage to roofs and house structures. In the Neel region, the roof of the Volunteer Fire Department was almost completely removed and large metal trusses were bent.
The tornado reached its maximum intensity as it crossed Boys Ranch Road, causing the most damage. A house in this area suffered complete roof loss and partial wall collapse, an anchored mobile home was destroyed, and a large motorcycle repair shop was almost completely cleaned out. The damage here was consistent with a low-end EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph. Fortunately, on the 6.20 mile damage path there were no fatalities or injuries.
Just after 7:00 p.m. on the 29th, a tornado made landfall near Lost Creek Road on the west side of Cedar Creek Reservoir in Franklin County. When it hit the ground, it caused extensive damage to the roof of a single-family house and an occupant of the house was injured. The tornado was the strongest in Franklin County with wind damage typical of an EF-2 tornado.
It quickly moved northeast, crossing Colbert County, where two more were injured. These people were injured when a single-width prefabricated house sustained damage to the roof and walls. In addition to the many houses that were damaged, many trees were broken or uprooted. After producing an 11 mile damage track, he rose at 1923, seven miles south / southwest of Tuscumbia.
The last tornado we’ll discuss from this outbreak was an EF-2 tornado that traveled nearly 20 miles through Madison and Jackson counties. At 9:30 p.m., this tornado made landfall just outside Monte Sano State Park, ripping and uprooting trees along the northern ridge of the mountain. More extensive damage occurred near neighboring Central Estates where at least 15 houses had roof terraces removed, some of these houses had large sections of the roof damaged.
The peak in intensity occurred near the Flint Ridge Horse Farm where the damage was consistent with force EF-2, peak winds of 125 mph. Almost all of the tin roof was removed from a large and a small horse and a merry-go-round was completely destroyed. After being on the ground for nearly thirty minutes, the tornado rose 3 miles north of the Princeton area. Fortunately, there were no deaths or injuries.
Here in the Tennessee Valley, November is known as the secondary season for severe weather. You can read more about it here.
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