National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Mellow Valley Tornado - February 17, 2008


Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Path Length:
1.6 miles
Maximum Path Width:
50 yards
33.1452/-85.7857 at 203 PM
33.1537/-85.7607 at 205 PM

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the damage in southeastern Clay County and it has been determined that the damage was the result of a weak tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds between 70 and 75 mph. The tornado damage path was 1.6 miles long and was 50 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado touched down near Fuller Road where minimal tree damage occurred and one home sustained roof damage. It then tracked northeast before lifting near catfish road. Red's Catfish Cabin had a small part of the roof torn off. Several trees were snapped off along the short path. One vehicle was partially lifted into the air and the roof debris was deposited underneath it. There were approximately 100 people in the catfish restaurant when the tornado hit. These people were in the basement after the owner took action when hearing the warning. No injuries were reported. The tornado touched down at approximately 203 pm and was on the ground for only about a minute. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect from 127 pm until 230 pm. A Tornado Warning was in effect from 140 pm until 215 pm.

Map of Damage Path
Tornado Damage Path