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Brookwood EF-1 Tornado (Tuscaloosa County)
  March 17, 2021


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
3.51 miles
Maximum Path Width:
650 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
1 NW East Brookwood
at 3:25 pm CDT
Approximate End Point/Time:
4 N East Brookwood
at 3:34 pm CDT


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage in East Central Tuscaloosa County and determined it was the result of an EF-1 tornado.

NWS survey teams found a third tornado track from the same parent supercell in Tuscaloosa County (responsible for the Moundville and Lake Wildwood tornadoes), just north of East Brookwood. The tornado touched down along Lock 17 Road near Warrior Met Coal. Traveling generally north-northeasterly, the tornado went on to cause areas of significant timber damage, like its preceding tornadoes at times. Damage was also sustained to a metal warehouse on Davis Road where siding and roofing material was lofted east to west into the tree line. Downstream, a long corridor of significant timber damage was observed along with minor damage at a communications tower near the intersection of Hannah Creek Road and Searles Road with bent antennas. Further significant timber damage was observed downstream of here. The tornado continued north-northeast across a mostly inaccessible wooded area where the last point of observable damage occurred at the end of Alabama Junction. It is believed the circulation occluded and dissipated at this point. The tornado damage path was 3.51 miles long and was 650 yards at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated at 100 mph. 


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation during the time of the tornado.
Images are from KBMX at 3:28 pm CDT.


Damage Photo
  Snapped & Uprooted Trees

Damage Photo

  Bent Antennas on Tower

Damage Photo
  Siding & Roofing Material Damage




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