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Alabama Tornado Database

1953 Summary

 

1953 Tornado Occurrences (23) () Indicates Total Path Data Multi-State
Tornado # of Year Year Month Day Time (CST) County Damage Scale Path Length (Miles) Maximum Path Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Location
23 1953 12 6 0800 Henry F2 2.0 10 0 1 Headland
At least 15 homes were destroyed.
Start: 31.34/-85.35
End: 31.36/-85.33
22 1953 12 6 0700 Henry F1 0.1 10 0 4 NW Headland
Brief touchdown occurred in the Napier Field vicinity about 10 miles north of Dothan. No damage reported.
Start: 31.38/-85.40
End: 31.38/-85.40
21 1953 5 4 1900 Jefferson F0 0.1  10 0 0 Near Bessemer
Spotters observed tornado touchdown in a rural area along the Warrior River. Little or no damage reported.
Start: 33.40/-86.97
End: 33.40/-86.97
20 1953 5 4 1830 Marion F1 0.2 67  0 2 Near Winfield
1 home and 5 other buildings were destroyed.
Start: 33.92/-87.82
End: 33.92/-87.82
19 1953 5 1 2000 Choctaw

Storm Information
F4 10.0 200 2 3 1 S Riderwood-2 N Lisman
2 homes were disintegrated at Yantley. Debris was thrown over a half mile.
Start: 32.10/-88.33
End: 32.32/-88.28
18 1953 5 1 2000 Jefferson

Storm Information
F1 0.1  10 0 0 Trussville
5 homes were destroyed, 1 other building destroyed, and 1 other building damaged.
Start: 33.62/-86.62
End: 33.62/-86.62
17 1953 5 1 1930 Clay

Storm Information
F4 12.1  440 7 12 N Millerville-S Lineville
19 homes destroyed and 50 homes damaged. 36 other buildings were destroyed and 57 other buildings were damaged. Numerous chickens were killed and stripped of their feathers.
Start: 33.22/-85.93
End: 33.30/-85.75
16 1953 5 1 1715 Chilton

Storm Information
F2 1.5 100 0 2 4 S Calera - Minooka
3 homes and 6 barns were destroyed. 5 homes were damaged. The damage occurred in and near the Minooka Community.
Start: 33.05/-86.77
End: 33.05/-86.75
15 1953 4 18 1700 Lee-Russell

Continued into Georgia
F3
(F3)
34.7
(39.8)
200
(400)
6
(8)
195
(495)
Near Loachapoka - Phenix City
At least 50 homes were destroyed. 4 people died near Smiths in a small home. One person died near Phenix City.
Start: 32.60/-85.58
End: 32.50/-85.00
14 1953 4 18 1700 Shelby

Storm Report

Storm Information
F3 16.51 400 8 495 Siluria (Alabaster)
A large tornado moved through central Shelby County. Specific information on the tornado path was estimated from damage description. The tornado destroyed the Buck Creek Cotoon Mill in Siluria. Numerous homes were destroyed and many trees were mowed down. Damage was extensive.

Start: 33.2288/-86.8831
End: 33.2532/-86.5985
13 1953 4 12 0340 Blount F1 0.5 100 0 0 2 SSW Hayden
Damaged occurred in a rural area. One building was destroyed and 2 were damaged.
Start: 33.85/-86.77
End: 33.85/-86.77
12 1953 4 6 1545 Jefferson F3 0.5 37  0 12 Bessemer
2 outbuildings destroyed and a few others damaged in McAdory.
Start: 33.32/-87.00
End: 33.32/-87.00
11 1953 3 22 1900 Lauderdale F2 1.0 200 0 0 6 W Florence
One church was destroyed and several buildings were damaged. A few hangars were damaged and 2 light aircraft were damaged at the Sky Harbor Airport.
Start: 34.85/-87.62
End: 34.85/-87.62
10 1953 3 18 1422 Mobile F2 0.1 10 0 2 Mobile
At least 7 homes were damaged on the south side of Mobile in the Crichton area.
Start: 30.70/-88.12
End: 30.70/-88.12
9 1953 2 20 1900 Franklin F2 7.1 220  0 6 Vina-N Dempsey
6 Homes were unroofed and an additional 75 buildings were either damaged or destroyed.
Start: 34.38/87.07
End: 34.42/-87.95
8 1953 2 20 1645 Walker F2 0.7 100  0 1 Macedonia
5 homes and 27 buildings were destroyed. 2 homes and 3 buildings damaged. This occurred in the Macedonia Community NNW of Jasper.
Start: 33.93/-87.37
End: 33.93
/-87.37
7 1953 2 20 1630 Marion F2 0.5 300  0 2 Near Winfield
7 homes were destroyed and 5 were damaged. 11 other buildings were  destroyed and 2 others were damaged.
Start: 33.95/-87.80
End: 33.95/-87.80
6 1953 2 20 1610 Colbert F3 0.1 20 1 Wheeler Mountain - SW Tuscumbia
The tornado moved northeast SW of Tuscumbia. A woman was killed and her husband and 6 children were injured in a farm house. The farm house was thrown over 100 feet. 6 additional homes were damaged.
Start: 34.70/-87.70
End: 34.70/-87.70
5 1953 1 23 0500 Washington-Clarke F3 6.5 300  0 1 St. Stephens-Jackson
3 homes were destroyed near the Warrior-Tombigbee Locks. 9 barns and outbuildings were also destroyed.
Start: 31.53/-88.00
End: 31.57/-87.90
4 1953 1 20 1630 Blount F0 0.1  10 0 1 ENE Blountsville
No details of the tornado damage were available.
Start: 34.10/-86.50
End: 34.10/-86.50
3 1953 1 20 1500 Walker F3 1.5 50 0 0 Near Cordova
Several homes were severely damaged. Several outbuildings and barns were destroyed.
Start: 33.80/-87.24
End: 33.82/-87.22
2 1953 1 8 0710 Talladega F2 3.0 867  0 0 Talladega
Roofs on 23 structures were damaged. Trees were blown across telephone and power lines. The storm crossed Talladega from southwest to northeast.
Start: 33.42/-86.12
End: 33.45/-86.08
1 1953 1 8 0630 Dallas F1 0.5 167  0 0 12 N Selma
1 home was destroyed and 1 home was damaged in the Valley Creek Community near Paul Grist State Park. 1 garage collapsed on an automobile.
Start: 32.62/-86.98
End: 32.62/-86.98