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Friendship EF-1 Tornado (St. Clair County)
  March 14, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
4.71 miles
Maximum Path Width:
530 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 SE St. Clair Springs
at 554 pm 
Approximate End Point/Time:
3 N Wattsville
at 603 pm 


NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage in central St. Clair County northeast of Odenville and determined it was the result of a tornado.

The tornado touched down just west of St. Clair Road, just west of US Highway 411. This location is about 6 miles south of the intersection of US Highway 231 and US Highway 431. The damage path was fairly wide and damaged some chicken houses and caused tree damage at its onset. The tornado traveled northeast and produced widespread damage around Friendship Lane and Friendship Mountain Road. Hundreds of trees were snapped off and were uprooted, a few homes suffered rood damage and other damage from fallen trees. Several outbuildings were destroyed and several roads were blocked by downed trees. The tornado moved east northeast over the mountain and produced widespread damage along County Road 22. Hundreds of trees were downed, a few structures were damaged from fallen trees, and outbuildings were damaged. The tornado continued east southeast and lifted near US Highway 231.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado just before it crossed US Hwy 411.
Images are from KBMX at 556 pm.


Damage Photo
 Roof Damage
Damage Photo
  Tree Damage

Security Camera Footage
Courtesy of Andrew & Kimberly Jackson