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Oswall Creek EF-0 Tornado (Tuscaloosa County)
  March 14, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
60 mph
Damage Path Length:
1.24 miles
Maximum Path Width:
50 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
5 S Bankhead Lock & Dam
at 525 pm 
Approximate End Point/Time:
5 WSW Bull City
at 528 pm 


The survey team was unable to access the area where the tornado began. Based on RADAR velocity, reflectivity, and dual-pol data, the tornado was estimated to have started in a forested area about one-third of a mile southwest of Humphries Drive. This point is located west of County Road 59/Lock 17 Road and east of the Black Warrior River, due north of the Brookwood community. The tornado traveled northeast crossing Humphries Drive and lifted along Antioch Community Road. Damage primarily consisted of downed trees, but one mobile home sustained very minor damage to the underpinning. 

Special thanks to Tuscaloosa County EMA for their help with the survey.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the very brief tornado.
Images are from KBMX at 525 pm.


Damage Photo
 Tree Damage
Photo courtesy of Tuscaloosa County EMA