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Henry County, AL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/27/1882 930 pm F2 n/a n/a 1 1 n/a G

Moved E, passing north of Abbeville. A farmer was killed north of town, and his wife may have died later from her injuries. Several farms were hit, and cotton gins and many homes were destroyed.

3/15/1912 300 am F3 30 n/a 8 50 n/a G

Moved NE from near Hartford, passing Wicksburg, and through Headland. The worst damage occurred at Headland, where 92 buildings, including 25 homes, were damaged or destroyed, and five people were killed. One person was killed and 26 were injured at Hartford.

1/11/1918 200 pm F2 n/a n/a 0 2 n/a G

One home was destroyed 5m S of Abbeville at Hardwicksburg.

1/11/1918 230 pm F2 5 n/a 1 8 n/a G

A boy was killed and several homes were destroyed SE of Haleburg.

3/19/1930 900 pm F2 5 150 0 1 n/a G

Moved NE, destroying a home 3m SW of Headland. Buildings were damaged at the Agricultural Station on the SE edge of town.

2/14/1936 330 pm F2 16 300 0 4 n/a G

Moved NE, passing across the edge of "Lawrenceville," 8m N of Abbeville. Large homes were unroofed, and a family of four was injured in one of several small homes that were destroyed.

12/6/1953 700 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD
12/6/1953 800 am F2 2 33 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/29/1954 230 pm F2 2.5 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just south of Highway 90 west of Ponce DeLeon and intermittently tracked to Leonia. Two buildings were damaged along with trees and power lines down near Ponce DeLeon and 200-300 pine trees were downed near Leonia.

5/10/1957 745 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/5/1962 1030 pm F2 4 n/a 0 0 $750,000 SD

Moved NE from west of Kinsey to west of Headland. Four homes were damaged and barns were destroyed near Kinsey. Tenant homes and bars were wrecked on the outskirts of Headland.

1/13/1972 200 am F3 8 200 0 2 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from 2m E of Clopton to north of Edwin. Three homes were destroyed. Three other homes were unroofed, and six more were damaged. Many other barns and sheds were destroyed.

12/29/1973 640 pm F3 15 70 0 2 $800,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from west of Headland, to south of Bethlehem, to near the Georgia line. Ten homes and a church were destroyed, and 46 other homes and businesses sustained damage.

4/8/1974 325 pm F2 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/4/1992 312 am F1 5 50 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
11/7/1995 1205 pm F0 0.1 40 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A tornado downed about 30 trees blocking County Roads 65 and 97.

1/5/1997 655 am F2 6 100 0 0 $180,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down north of Newville, knocking a small wood frame house off its blocks. Two miles further east the tornado caused extensive damage to a home and destroyed another unoccupied home. A barn was destroyed and several vehicles were damaged. The tornado then damaged a house two miles further east. Finally, another two miles east it damaged a house.

9/28/1998 700 pm F0 0.5 40 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

An F0 tornado damaged a barn and residence off CR 173 in Newville.

12/16/2000 1130 am F1 10 150 0 0 $2,900,000 SD, SPC

The F2 tornado continued its intermittent track northeast from eastern Dale County into western Henry County, but had weakened to an F1 tornado. Just north of Murphy Station along Highway 27 and a quarter mile west of U.S. Highway 431, the tornado completely destroyed the Murphy Feed & Seed warehouse, numerous peanut trailers and two sheds. Before the tornado dissipated, it severely damaged the West Point Stevens Textile plant. Numerous vehicles were damaged. Henry County was declared a federal disaster area. Reported by the Henry County EMA.

11/5/2002 535 pm F2 6 200 1 20 $3,000,000 SD, SPC

The supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornado in Dale County, produced another tornado which touched down just west of U.S. Highway 431, and tore through the center of Abbeville. It destroyed several single-family homes and mobile homes, and severely damaged numerous other homes and businesses, including the high school. Uprooted trees and power lines littered city streets, with nearly 2,000 residents without electricity. Twenty people were injured, with a half of those hospitalized. A man died when the tornado destroyed his home on Rock Hill Circle. Henry County was declared a state disaster area. Reported by the Henry County EMA. M54PH

12/24/2002 645 am F1 18 150 0 8 $2,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down in Headland, north of County Road 99 and U.S. Highway 431. The tornado caused extensive roof damage to several homes, businesses, and a school. It damaged six planes and a hanger at the Headland Airport. The tornado raced east-northeast, and destroyed a few barns and damaged a few mobile homes in the Tumbleton/Camp Springs area. The worst damage occurred in Haleburg where several mobile homes and barns were destroyed, with damage to a local church. Eight persons were injured, with six of them hospitalized. The tornado crossed the Chattahoochee River into Georgia. Reported by the Henry County EMA.

1/13/2006 1245 pm F0 0.2 50 0 0 $100,000 SD, SPC

A severe thunderstorm spawned a weak tornado which damaged a church parsonage, several barns and farm equipment. It blew down a road sign and a few trees and power lines near the intersection of County Roads 45 and 13. Also, five homes were damaged. Reported by the Henry County EMA.

11/15/2006 238 pm F1 3.6 100 0 0 $150,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just south of Newville and crossed U.S. Highway 431 where it heavily damaged a yeast facility. A nearby building materials warehouse and service station sustained some damage. The tornado then weakened but downed numerous trees along its path before it dissipated.

3/1/2007 152 pm EF1 23 150 0 2 $11,000,000 SD, SPC

After the EF1 tornado crossed into western Henry County, it traveled northeast causing sporadic tree damage along County Roads 7 and 40. It then tore through the Bethlehem community, and damaged 51 mobile homes and destroyed 28 others. Two persons were injured when the tornado damaged their mobile home. The tornado overturned a semi on State Road 10 before lifting. The tornado then descended two miles southwest of the community of Otho along County Road 97. It destroyed 14 homes and damaged 27 others in Otho. Numerous trees and utility poles were also blown down there and in the Stonebridge subdivision. The tornado exited the northeast part of the county at Lake Eufaula. Henry County was declared a federal disaster area.

10/8/2008 1233 pm EF0 0.4 75 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

The supercell responsible for the Coffee and Dale county tornadoes spawned its last tornado near the Dale-Henry County line north of State Road 27. It damaged a home. The carport attached to the home was destroyed, with debris scattered over several acres. The tornado lifted a few minutes later. The tornado was rated an EF0 with winds estimated at 85 mph.

2/1/2011 806 pm EF0 1.59 40 0 0 $150,000 SD, SPC

Although much of the damage in Henry county was consistent with straight line winds associated with a line of thunderstorms, a small segment was determined to be associated with an EF0 tornado. This tornado began about one mile southwest of the intersection of Alabama State Highway 10 and County Road 57. The tornado continued intermittently for around 2 miles and ended to the north of Alabama State Highway 10 about 5 miles east of Abbeville. Damage with this tornado was limited primarily to numerous downed trees and roof damage to barns and outbuildings. This is consistent with DI 1 (Damage Indicator) and DOD 1 and 2 (Degree of Damage) on the EF (Enhanced Fujita) scale. The damage to personal property was estimated to be around $95,000 according to the Emergency Manager with total damage expected to exceed $150,000 including utility restoration. No injuries were reported.

1/4/2015 725 am EF0 0.56 50 0 0 $0 SD

A brief EF0 tornado touched down in eastern Henry county in a rural area about 1.8 miles NNW of Hayes. No structural damage was reported, but trees were blown down and dual-pol radar revealed a small tornadic debris signature (TDS).

4/19/2015 746 am EF1 2.10 300 0 0 $1,000,000 SD

A short EF1 tornado track was surveyed just southwest of Abbeville, AL with max winds estimated at 110 mph. Eight railroad cars were flipped off their tracks along Alabama Highway 173 just south of a pulpwood plant. Otherwise, damage was confined to trees on the remainder of the path. A media article reported that it would cost around $1 million to turn the railroad cars upright again.

2/23/2016 1038 pm EF1 1.09 300 0 0 $50,000 SD

This tornado was the fifth tornado to be spawned by the same parent thunderstorm in southeast Alabama, this time in Henry county. The tornado initially developed near CR-83 and the city limits of Headland, where large trees were uprooted. The tornado crossed a wooded area near a creek and then ended near Knowles Road and CR-16 where a house had roof damage, an RV was overturned, a shed was destroyed, and some large trees were uprooted. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated near 100 mph. Damage cost was estimated.

2/23/2016 1054 pm EF0 0.40 100 0 0 $0 SD

A short tornado track was determined along CR-53 just north of its intersection with CR-26. This was a concentrated area of damage with large trees uprooted and snapped near a residence. One of the trees had a small amount of debarking with large limbs removed. This tornado was rated EF0 with max winds estimated at 85 mph.

2/23/2016 1102 pm EF1 0.50 150 0 0 $0 SD

A short tornado path was observed along CR-65 just to the east of its intersection with Highway 95. Many large trees were snapped or uprooted along this short path. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated around 105 mph.

*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, 1950-2016: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database