National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Howell Rd EF-1 Tornado (Marion Co)
  February 23, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in  northern Marion County just southwest of Hackleburg and have determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 95 mph.

The tornado touched down just south of the intersection of Robert Dyer Road and Howell Road, just off of US Hwy 43 southwest of Hackleburg. From there, the tornado moved on a north-northwest path and crossed Spurgen Dyer Road and Marion County Road 41. The tornado ultimately lifted after it crossed State Rock Road, just east of CR-32. Damage along the path was largely limited to trees that were either uprooted or snapped. A garage near the start of the path had part of its tin peeled back, and one home near the intersection of CR-41 and CR-167 received minor damage to its roof.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
2.2 miles
Maximum Path Width:
300 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 601 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 605 pm


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Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado as it touched down.
Images are from KGWX at 601pm.


Roof damage

Tree damage