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Nancy Clark Rd EF-0 Tornado (Pickens County)
  February 23, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Damage Path Length:
1.08 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 WSW Gainesville Lake Boat Ramp
at 544 pm 
Approximate End Point/Time:
2 WSW Gainesville Lake Boat Ramp
at 546 pm 


NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage in southwest Pickens County and determined it was the result of a tornado.

The tornado touched down over open pasture land just east of Nancy Clark Road, and first caused damage along an east-west treeline between two pastures. From there, the tornado tracked just north of east, roughly a half mile north of and parallel to Alabama HWY 32, crossing largely open pasture land which was punctuated by fence lines and thin tree lines. As it crossed Pickens CR1, the tornado snapped 5 power poles and also uprooted a few cedar trees. The tornado continued briefly to the east of CR1 and lifted before crossing a stock pond. Special thanks to Mike Dee of Dee River Ranch for his detailed damage description to match up with video accounts of the tornado.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado just after it touched down.
Images are from KGWX at 545 pm.