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Coffee County, AL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
4/5/1907 400 pm F2 15 n/a 1 20 n/a G

Moved NE through "Central City," 5m S of Enterprise, destroying most of the village, and passing north of Clayhatchee.

4/30/1908 200 am F3 n/a n/a 0 10 n/a G

Moved NNE 7m S of Tarentum, passing 4m E of Brundidge. Three farms houses were among the 25 buildings that were destroyed.

3/5/1919 100 pm F2 47 n/a 1 10 n/a G

Moved NE from north of Andalusia, passing 6m S of Brantley and ending near Brundidge.

2/5/1922 300 am F2 2 100 1 12 $40,000 G

About 40 families were left homeless as a tornado swept along the SE edge of Enterprise. One boy was killed.

2/4/1924 900 am F2 10 n/a 0 0 n/a G

Moved NE from near "Searight," about 10m NE of Elba. The tornado passed east of Jack, and ended near Tarentum. Five buildings were destroyed and one home was unroofed.

1/10/1925 800 am F2 2 n/a 0 3 $10,000 G

Barns and two tenant homes were destroyed 3m S of Enterprise.

1/10/1925 1200 pm F2 n/a n/a 0 1 $10,000 G

One home was destroyed near West Elba.

3/31/1931 1145 am F2 7 150 1 5 n/a G

Moved NE, passing 3m S of Elba, tearing apart a large home and destroying smaller ones on the same farm. In the larger home, a young girl was crushed by the chimney, and her mother was seriously injured. Furnishings from smaller homes were found in trees over a half mile away.

4/16/1954 800 am F2 17 100 0 1 $20,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped NE from Enterprise to Ozark. The tornado touched down briefly 2m E of Enterprise and 3m E of Ozark. One large and three small barns were destroyed. Two of the barns were "blasted" from their foundations, and one was "leveled."

10/16/1955 604 pm F0 17 166 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
10/16/1955 615 pm F1 10 166 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped E from near Elba to New Brockton, NE of Enterprise, and south of Ozark. Two barns were destroyed NE of Enterprise. Two homes were unroofed 3m S of Ozark.

10/16/1955 640 pm F2 16 100 0 5 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
3/21/1959 800 pm F2 2.7 150 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC
4/9/1961 930 am F1 4 10 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
1/20/1963 300 pm F2 14 10 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE from 13m WSW of Enterprise to the SW section of of town. Five tenant homes were destroyed. Other homes were unroofed and barns were destroyed.

9/17/1971 1234 am F3 0.3 100 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

One home was destroyed in a brief touchdown near Danley.

1/13/1972 100 am F2 6 100 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from 3m E of Enterprise, to Fort Rucker, and Lake Tholocco. Striking two trailer parks near the fort, this tornado destroyed 68 trailers, 15 cars, and damaged other trailers and cars as well. All deaths and injuries were army dependents. Touching down again at Fort Rucker, it damaged two buildings and 15 helicopters.

4/18/1973 500 pm F2 1 100 0 14 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
12/29/1973 425 pm F3 6 67 0 11 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE from west of Enterprise, north of Coppinville, to Fort Rucker. A subdivision and trailer park were struck in the Enterprise area. Eight homes were totally destroyed and 23 others received lesser damage. Seven trailers and a gas station were also damaged or destroyed.

10/17/1975 530 am F0 0.1 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
3/16/1976 725 am F0 0.5 50 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
3/21/1976 530 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
4/18/1978 831 pm F0 0.2 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/20/1980 230 am F1 15 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/16/1983 310 am F3 1.5 150 0 1 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from the NW side of New Brockton, down the main street. One house was destroyed and seven more were damaged. The Masonic lodge, three trailers, eight businesses, and two churches were damaged. One of the churches was almost leveled, and the top floor of a brick building was demolished. A man was trapped in debris when his home was unroofed.

3/5/1984 1245 pm F2 1 50 0 4 $250,000 SD, SPC
11/25/1986 919 pm F3 14 200 0 3 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE at New Brockton, Ariton, Elamville, Clio, and Clayton. In the New Brockton area, a church, three houses, and two other buildings were destroyed and another church and 17 more homes were damaged.

11/26/1986 140 am F1 8 150 0 2 $250,000 SD, SPC
3/9/1994 555 pm F2 3 100 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down about two miles east of Frisco in the New Hope Community causing extensive damage. Five homes and two mobile homes were damaged, one chicken house was destroyed and five others were damaged. Two houses had the roofs blown completely off.

12/6/1995 1030 pm F2 0.4 50 0 1 $30,000 SD, SPC

A tornado flipped a mobile home and scattered debris 350 yards into nearby trees. A woman inside received a cut, while her two children escaped unharmed.

1/11/1996 634 pm F1 1 75 0 0 $100,000 SD, SPC

A tornado destroyed 4 house trailers that were unoccupied. Debris was scattered for about 1 mile, according to county emergency management.

5/3/1998 430 pm F0 0.3 10 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

Tornado downed trees and power lines at intersection of State Highways 233 and 167 near New Brockton. A funnel cloud was sighted earlier near Elba.

9/29/1998 140 am F1 1 75 0 0 $1,500,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado touched down on CR 725 near Enterprise. One residence suffered roof damage. Camp Wiregrass sustained moderate to severe damage with several buildings crumpled, trees and power lines down, and scattered debris. Numerous customers in Enterprise were without electric service. A semi was blown over at Con Agra.

9/29/1998 145 am F1 1 50 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado descended near CR 732 in New Brockton damaging several chicken houses, roads, ditches, and drainage systems.

4/3/2000 730 pm F0 0 0 0 0 0 SD, SPC

Public reported a brief tornado touchdown near the Conagra plant with no damage.

11/15/2006 1153 am F1 3 150 0 2 $350,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just northeast of Elba. Most of the damage occurred along County Roads 235 and 279 and State Highway 125. Several mobile homes and sheds were destroyed. Two persons were injured when their doublewide mobile home was tossed into trees. Among the structures damaged were a collection tank and four roll-off containers at a county landfill, a home which lost its front porch and roof, and several trailers. There were numerous trees and utility poles uprooted.

11/15/2006 1212 pm F0 1 75 0 0 $1,500 SD, SPC

The same supercell which caused F1 damage northeast of Elba spun up another tornado just northwest of Roeton. The F0 tornado uprooted some trees before it crossed into Pike County, AL.

3/1/2007 108 pm EF4 10 500 9 50 $250,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just southwest of the Enterprise Municipal Airport. It caused minor damage to some houses. Four chicken houses were destroyed. The tornado then traveled northeast and quickly intensified as it moved into the Enterprise city limits. It destroyed the high school. Eight students were killed as walls collapsed on them while they took shelter in the interior hallways. Fifty more were injured. The football stadium was destroyed. Many vehicles surrounding the schools were overturned or tossed about. Several state roads were impassible due to debris and fallen utility poles and lines. The ninth fatality occurred where an elderly woman was standing behind a living room window of her home as the glass shattered. A nearby elementary school was heavily damaged with no deaths or injuries reported there. Damage near the high school and in northeast Enterprise reached low end EF4. Damage assessments indicated 239 homes destroyed, 374 homes with major damage, 529 homes with minor damage, and 251 homes affected. Coffee County was declared a federal disaster area, with preliminary FEMA individual assistance figures totalling over $1 million.

2/17/2008 217 pm EF1 1.2 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC

The parent supercell thunderstorm, which spawned the EF1 tornado, tracked across the northwest corner of Coffee County from southeast Covington County. The tornado lifted the roofs off two barns, and partially removed the roof off a single family home before entering Pike County (see Storm Data for Alabama, Central, for more information).

10/8/2008 1054 am EF1 1.9 150 0 0 $4,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just south of the Enterprise Civic Center. It moved to the east-northeast and lifted just east of Boll Weevil Circle near the Walmart. It caused extensive damage to the civic center, with several windows blown out and much of its roof removed. The winds damaged several vehicles outside the Enterprise Senior Center. A building attached to the old Bama Cotton Mill collapsed. More than a hundred homes and businesses were also damaged. Fortunately, no injuries or deaths were reported. The tornado was rated an EF1 with winds estimated from 100 to 105 mph.

12/14/2009 420 pm EF0 0.1 30 0 0 0 SD, SPC

An F0 tornado touched down briefly in an open field near the intersection of County Road 107 and State Highway 51. No damage was reported.

4/8/2010 1110 am EF0 3.0 75 0 0 0 SD, SPC

An EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Alabama highway 87. The next area of damage was reported east-northeast from the initial touch down along county road 611 where a barn was destroyed along with several trees snapped. The final area of damage was reported north of Alabama highway 134 where a roof was taken off the porch of a house along with a portion of the roof over the kitchen. The overall path width of damage was around 75 yards, with maximum winds of 80 mph or EF-0 strength.

3/2/2012 501 pm EF0 0.46 25 0 0 0 SD, SPC

Numerous reports of a sighting of a tornado were received from just west of Brooklyn. No damage was reported.

6/10/2012 1033 am EF0 0.26 50 0 0 0 SD, SPC

This is a continuation of the Geneva county tornado. This tornado was seen near the Geneva/Coffee county line by a retired police officer before dissipating. No damage was reported in Coffee county.

8/30/2012 145 am EF0 2.56 35 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

The Coffee county emergency manager reported minor damage to structures in far southwest Coffee county. This was the result of a weak tornado moving out of northwest Geneva county. The Coffee county portion of this tornado was rated EF0. Monetary damage was estimated.

12/25/2012 331 pm EF0 0.01 10 0 0 $2,000 SD, SPC

A brief tornado touchdown was reported to the county emergency management. The only damage reported was a few trees knocked down. Damage was consistent with an EF0 tornado.

12/25/2012 605 pm EF0 13.87 25 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

An intermittent damage path was evident beginning near the Wooten Chapel around the intersection of County Roads 523 and 514 and ending in the vicinity of County Road 134. Along this path, trees were blown down and a barn and outbuilding were damaged. Damage was consistent with an EF0 tornado. Monetary damage was estimated. A strong upper level trough and cold front moved through the area. There was sufficient instability and shear for a few strong to severe thunderstorms across the area, including a few tornadoes. However, all of the tornadoes were rated EF0, and the most severe weather remained just west of southeastern Alabama.

*Sources

G - Grazulis, T. P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991.  A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films, Tornado Project, St. Johsnbury, VT.
SD - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1950-2009: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database