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Collirene Tornado - February 17, 2008


Maximum Wind:
120 mph
10 injuries
Path Length:
Maximum Path Width:
225 yards
32.1715/-86.8239 at 224 PM
32.2836/-86.6903 at 237 PM

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the damage in Lowndes County and it has been determined that the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated on EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 120 mph. The tornado damage path was 11 miles long and was 225 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado tornado touched down in the Collirene Community, approximately 14 miles west of Hayneville. The tornado tracked northeastward and ended just north of US Highway 80. At least 11 structures were damaged with three of these being completely destroyed. Hundreds of trees were either snapped or were uprooted along the damage path. The most extensive damage occurred in and near the Collirene Community. Ten injuries were attributed to this tornado. A Tornado Warning was in effect from 145 pm until 245 pm.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency for assistance in the assessment process.



Tornado Damage Path

KBMX Storm Relative Velocity Image
near the time of tornado touch down