National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Barbour Creek Road EF-0 Tornado (Russell Co)
  April 7, 2016


Event Summary

NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage in southern Russell County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 75 mph.

The tornado touched down in rural, southern Russell County just inside the county line and moved eastward and crossed Corbett Creek.  Two pivot irrigation systems were flipped on a local farm, and a small metal shed was destroyed.  The tornado then continued eastward and crossed Barbour Creek Road, where numerous  small pine trees were snapped or uprooted along a short portion of the road, completely blocking the roadway. The tornado lifted just east of Barbour Creek Rd.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Damage Path Length:
1.32 miles
Maximum Path Width:
75 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 1222 am
Approximate End Point/Time:

at 1225 am




Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) as the tornado formed.
Images are from KEOX at 1223 am.


  Tree damage


Tree damage



  Irrigation system damage


Shed destroyed