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


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.53 miles
Maximum Path Width:
150 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
Lake Wildwood
at 3:09 pm CDT
Approximate End Point/Time:
Lake Wildwood
at 3:11 pm CDT


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage in Southeast Tuscaloosa County and determined it was the result of a brief EF-1 tornado.

A tornado touched down near Lake Wildwood, east of Cottondale. The tornado was only on the ground for a couple of minutes. However, it still managed to produce timber and minor structural damage that was consistent with EF-1 strength. The tornado dissipated near Lawton Road. The tornado damage path was 0.53 miles long and was 150 yards wide. The maximum winds were estimated around 90 mph. 


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation during the time of the tornado.
Images are from KGWX at 3:09 pm CDT.



Damage Photo

  Carport & Tree Damage


Damage Photo

  Roofing & Tree Damage


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