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Houston County, AL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
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 140 pm F3 13 200 10 120 $100,000 G

Moved ENE, then NE from 3m S of Dothan to beyond Webb. Between Dothan and Cowarts, the tornado leveled a rural school, killing the teacher and seven of the 40 children in the building. Further to the NE, virtually every building in Webb was damaged. One man was killed in the collapse of his store, and about 70 people were hurt at Webb. A woman was killed in her home 2m NE of Webb.

2/21/1932 1000 pm F3 5 400 0 5 n/a G

Moved NE near Cowarts. Several homes, including a large one, were destroyed along with acres of timber. All injuries were in the larger home, which had only one room intact.

10/31/1932 1130 am F2 4 350 1 16 $30,000 G

Moved NE at the north edge of Cowarts. A young girl was killed in one of six homes that were destroyed. About 400 acres of timber were flattened.

3/6/1935 300 pm F2 1 20 0 22 $10,000 G

Moved ESE, destroying a school and a nearby barn at Hodgesville. Five people were injured in the home. At the school, 16 students and a teacher were injured. They were leaving the building to hide in a ditch when the school was unroofed and collapsed around them.

1/18/1936 600 pm F2 10 400 1 6 n/a G

Moved NE from NE of Campbellton to near Ashford. No damage was reported in the short path in Florida. In Alabama, six homes were destroyed and 15 more were damaged between Cottonwood and Grangeburg. A two-year-old boy was killed in a home near Ashford.

4/24/1937 230 pm F2 10 100 1 25 n/a G

Moved SE from the south edge of Dothan, where a woman was killed in a small home, to Cottonwood, where 25 small homes were damaged or destroyed. The injuries were at Cottonwood.

12/27/1940 1150 am F2 11 50 0 2 n/a G

Skipped NE, hitting the SE edge of Dothan. Small homes, a lumberyard, and a cotton compress were destroyed. Another home was destroyed 2m W of Webb. Final damage was near Headland.

4/11/1944 800 pm F2 1 n/a 0 0 n/a G

Five homes were unroofed and barns were destroyed south of Webb.

2/1/1957 800 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
6/2/1958 400 pm F1 0.3 200 0 0 $2,500 G, SPC
6/20/1961 130 pm F2 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Two homes were unroofed in the SW part of Cowarts.

1/5/1962 1030 pm F2 5 33 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

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

7/20/1966 445 pm F1 1 33 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE near Kinsey. Several barns were destroyed.

3/1/1971 415 pm F2 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD
1/28/1974 1030 am F2 0.3 30 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
2/6/1974 445 pm F1 1 800 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/4/1974 500 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
10/17/1975 140 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
7/5/1979 330 pm F0 0.2 17 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
3/8/1980 1145 am F2 16 40 0 5 $250,000 SD, SPC

Moved E from Wicksburg to the SW part of Dothan. A small but strong tornado overturned a trailer in the Wicksburg area, injuring the woman inside. In the Lavier Hills subdivision of Dothan, a $60,000 home was torn apart and four children were hurt.

9/10/1980 830 pm F1 4 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
2/10/1981 545 pm F1 7.4 77 0 5 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
1/7/1982 200 pm F1 1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/20/1984 1130 am F1 0.1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/3/1984 810 am F1 0.5 400 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/18/1988 545 pm F0 1 50 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
10/1/1989 635 am F1 5 43 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
11/8/1989 450 am F1 1 40 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
11/8/1989 950 am F0 0.3 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/12/1992 245 pm F0 0.5 23 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
10/27/1995 220 pm F1 0.2 50 0 2 $90,000 SD, SPC

A tornado downed trees and damaged two businesses. A person was injured at each business. (Length and width are estimated.)

11/11/1995 900 am F0 0.1 10 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

A small tornado downed trees and power lines and overturned a travel trailer.

10/25/1997 550 pm F1 1.5 150 0 2 $250,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado damaged approximately 12 homes. Numerous trees and power lines down. A van was overturned by high winds. Both occupants suffered minor injuries.

10/26/1997 1000 am F1 2 150 0 0 $150,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado moved across Houston County Road 85. Two homes sustained extensive roof damage. A semitractor trailer was overturned. Numerous trees and power lines down in Ashford and Gordon.

12/24/1997 717 am F1 3 300 0 5 $500,000 SD, SPC

Tornado skipped through a mobile home park along County Road 9 and Market Street. Two mobile homes destroyed with more than a dozen damaged. Large power poles and trees toppled. Winds overturned small airplane off County Road 81 near Harmon School. A large tree blown onto a house on County Road 75. Residence destroyed on Alabama Highway 84 West in Wicksburg.

2/22/1998 800 am F0 0.3 50 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

52 homes in Landview Subdivision sustained wind damage to shingles, fences, awnings, storage sheds, and porches. Some trees and power lines down. Several public sightings of a funnel cloud.

5/4/1998 1228 am F0 0.2 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

Tornado spotted by public three miles east of Ashford.

12/16/2000 1100 am F0 2 75 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

The supercell thunderstorm which spawned the F2 tornado in Geneva moved northeast across extreme western Houston County and produced an F0 tornado which caused minor roof damage to five homes, blew out windows and overturned lawn furniture. The tornado tracked northeast into southeast Dale County. Reported by the Houston County EMA.

3/22/2005 1213 pm F2 3 200 0 4 $750,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down about a half mile west of Firetower Road. As it traveled northeast, it destroyed three barns on County Road 81, and destroyed two large homes just north of Turnpike Road. Four people were injured and transported to a hospital in Dothan. Several mobile homes were damaged, with numerous trees and power lines down. The storm survey was conducted by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and SOO.

8/25/2008 626 pm EF1 0.2 50 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

A tornado briefly touched down just south of Gordon. A mobile home along East County Road 8 was destroyed when an uprooted tree crashed on top of it. There were several trees with their tops snapped off along the tornado's short path.

10/8/2008 1205 pm EF0 3.9 75 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

A fast-moving supercell spawned a tornado just north of U.S. Highway 84 near the intersection of State Road 123, where it destroyed a barn. It then moved to the northeast, and damaged a few vehicles at an auto dealership and uprooted some trees near the Dale-Houston county line. It crossed from western Houston County into southeastern Dale County, and remained on the ground for nearly a mile before lifting. The tornado was rated an EF0.

4/19/2015 850 am EF1 21.92 200 0 0 $100,000 SD

This is a continuation of the long track tornado that started in Jackson county, FL. Along the Houston county portion the track, numerous trees and power lines were blown down. One home in the Cottonwood area was damaged by a tree falling on the structure. In the Pansey area, a large metal outbuilding was destroyed with some of the debris removed from the foundation. The damage path began to widen at this point while approaching the Chattahoochee River and entering Early county, GA. The Alabama portion of the tornado track was rated EF1.

2/23/2016 1015 pm EF0 2.76 200 0 0 $50,000 SD

This was a weak tornado just north of the Houston and Geneva county border. It removed metal roofing from several barns and porches. Multiple trees were blown down. This tornado was rated EF0 with max winds estimated near 70 mph. Damage cost was estimated.

2/23/2016 1024 pm EF1 1.01 200 0 0 $0 SD

This was the second tornado to develop in northwest Houston county, spawned by the same parent thunderstorm. After initially developing in Houston county, the tornado crossed into extreme southeast Dale county before moving back into Houston county in the Murphy Mill Road area. There was a small area of EF1 damage along Murphy Mill Road where many large diameter pine trees were snapped and uprooted. This tornado likely lifted before reaching U.S. Highway 231. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated near 100 mph.

2/23/2016 1029 pm EF1 2.03 200 0 0 $0 SD

This is the second Houston county segment of the second tornado to develop in northwest Houston county, spawned by the same parent thunderstorm. After initially developing in Houston county, the tornado crossed into extreme southeast Dale county before moving back into Houston county in the Murphy Mill Road area. There was a small area of EF1 damage along Murphy Mill Road where many large diameter pine trees were snapped and uprooted. This tornado likely lifted before reaching U.S. Highway 231. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated near 100 mph.

2/23/2016 1031 pm EF1 1.63 350 0 0 $50,000 SD

This was the third tornado to develop in northwest Houston county, spawned by the same thunderstorm. Damage was focused at the athletic center of a private school and a nearby neighborhood. A concrete block baseball dugout was destroyed and several wood power poles were snapped . Multiple homes had minor roof damage. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds near 100 mph. Damage cost was estimated.

2/23/2016 1034 pm EF1 3.66 900 0 0 $75,000 SD

This was the fourth tornado to develop in northwest Houston county, spawned by the same thunderstorm. The tornado began just south of Westgate Parkway, and then quickly intensified, snapping 5 power poles near Westgate Parkway and Technology Drive . Several houses in nearby neighborhoods had some roof damage and a barn also had roof damage. The remainder of the track was mostly tree damage with the tornado ending just south of the Henry-Houston county border, still in Houston county. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated near 100 mph. Damage cost was estimated.

*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