National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Old Rockhouse EF-0 Tornado (Talladega Co)
  March 1, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in Extreme Southeastern Talladega County just southeast of Sylacauga and have determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 80 mph.

The tornado touched down along Settlement Road to the east of the Old Rockhouse. A few homes sustained shingle damage, and one outbuilding was destroyed, along with several uprooted trees at this location. The tornado continued northeast and knocked down trees and damaged several additional homes near Cherry and Heflin Lanes. The tornado turned to the east and tracked parallel to County Road 511. The most concentrated damaged occurred in the valley just west of the community of Overbrook, where numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado continued eastward and produced minor tree damage and lifted along County Road 511, just before the Clay County line. Six homes suffered damage and four outbuildings were damaged or destroyed.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
85 mph
Damage Path Length:
2.99 miles
Maximum Path Width:
80 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 642 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 645 pm


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Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) just before the tornado lifted.
Images are from KBMX at 645 pm.


  Tree damage

Outbuilding destroyed