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Nixburg Rd EF-1 Tornado (Coosa County)
  February 24, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
5.01 miles
Maximum Path Width:
550 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 SE Rockford
at 154 am 
Approximate End Point/Time:
1 NNW Hwy 9 & Hwy 22
at 201 am 


NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage in Coosa County southeast of Rockford and determined it was the result of a tornado.

The tornado touched down initially in a grove of pine trees just east of County Road 40 in Coosa County, uprooting about a half dozen mature trees. It then traveled east-northeastward to Nixburg Rd, where several pines were uprooted, and a quarter of the metal roofing was peeled off a home. From there, the tornado continued across a wooded area in the Little Sam Jack Creek basin and then crossed County Road 30 and County Road 101. Numerous pines were uprooted or snapped in the area, and a few hardwoods were uprooted. The tornado path then crossed Alabama Hwy 22, where several pines and a hardwood were uprooted. One of the pines caused major damage to the corner of a manufactured home, and one uprooted hardwood grazed the front of another home causing minor damage. The tornado dissipated in the woods somewhere between Alabama Hwy 22 and Alabama Hwy 9.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado just before it crossed County Road 30.
Images are from KBMX at 157 am.


Damage Photo
  Manufactured Home Damaged
Damage Photo
  Tree Damage