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Goodwater Tornado - February 17, 2008


Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Path Length:
10.7 miles
Maximum Path Width:
100 yards
32.9988/-86.0854 at 142 PM
33.1035/-85.9480 at 153 PM

A National Weather Service Assessment team surveyed the storm damage in Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties. It has been determined that the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 95 mph. The tornado damage path was 10.7 miles long and was 100 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down along US Highway 280 near the Bradford Community. The tornado moved northeastward and crossed State Highway 9, County Roads 77/83/85, Goodwater Road, State Highway 63. The tornado lifted near the Tallapoosa and Clay County line northeast of State Highway 63. A large majority of the damage was EF-0 and limited to broken limbs and snapped softwood trees. The most significant damage occurred near County Road 77 and State Highway 9. At least 6 homes suffered varying degrees of damage along the path. At least three automobiles were majorly damaged by fallen trees. Numerous outbuildings and barns were either damaged or destroyed along the path. The tornado was on the ground from approximately 142 pm until 153 pm.


Map of Damage Path
Tornado Damage Path