National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Tornadoes & Damaging Winds of January 11, 2020

Event Summary for Central Alabama

 

A dynamic January storm system brought severe thunderstorms to a large part of Central Alabama. A warm front moved northward and beyond Central Alabama. Anomalously high surface temperatures and moisture content was present in the developing warm sector of the storm system. A line of thunderstorms developing ahead of the cold front and moved into west central Alabama late Saturday morning January 11. The storms quickly moved through Central Alabama and exited southeastern areas around sunset.

Although not every location experienced severe weather, widespread wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph were observed. Many locations did experience severe weather with wind gusts over 58 mph. Trees were snapped off or uprooted in numerous locations. Many homes, automobiles, and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. Most likely, several locations received straight-line wind gusts of 75 to 80 mph.

**The data below is considered PRELIMINARY.**

Interactive Tornado/Storm Report Map
 
 
Location/Clickable Detailed Summary Link
Damage Rating/Estimated Maximum Wind Speeds
Injuries/Fatalities
Damage Path Length/Width
Starting Point/Time
Ending Point/Time
Settlement Road Tornado
(Pickens County)
EF-2
134 mph
3 Fatalities
7 Injuries
6.33 miles
1056 yards

2 E Pickensville
33.2379/-88.1545
11:11 am CST

7 SW Reform
33.3253/-88.1223
11:20 am CST
Threatt Road Tornado
(Barbour County)
EF-1
88 mph
None
5.80 miles
275 yards

1 SSW Bakerhill
31.7633/-85.3100
4:33 pm CST

5 ENE Bakerhill
31.8093/-85.2285
4:41 pm CST
 

Pertinent Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data from this Event

 

Severe Weather Episode Data 

250 mb
250 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 am

500 mb
500 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 am

850 mb
850 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 am

250 mb
250 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 pm

500 mb
500 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 pm

850 mb
850 mb Analysis
January 11 at 6 pm

Surface
Surface Analysis
January 11 at 6 am

Surface
Surface Analysis
January 11 at 12 pm

Surface
Surface Analysis
January 11 at 6 pm

Severe Threats
Local Severe Outlook
Issued January 9 at 415 am

Severe Threats
Local Severe Outlook
Issued January 11 at 150 am

Severe Threats
Local Severe Outlook
Issued January 11 at 145 am

KMBX Sounding
KBMX Sounding
January 11 at 6 am

KBMX Sounding
KBMX Sounding
January 11 at 9 am

Storm Reports
KBMX Sounding
January 11 at 12 pm

Storm Reports
Storm Reports
January 11