National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Richardson Rd EF-1 Tornado (Russell Co)
  April 6-7, 2016


Event Summary

NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage across northern Russell County and determined the damage is consistent with a tornado.

The tornado touched down on Stillwell Road just to the southwest of the Crawford Community. Just to the east, the tornado quickly intensified as it reached Richardson Road. EF-1 damage occurred at this location, with numerous large hardwood trees with large root balls uprooted. Winds were estimated at 90mph due to the magnitude of the tree damage at this location. The maximum width of 200 yards also occurred along Richardson Road. The tornado then continued eastward with intensity quickly diminishing. Only sporadic tree damage was noted farther east as the tornado crossed Boswell Road and Camp Parkman Road. The tornado downed a tree along Anna Kate Drive causing roof damage to a single family home before quickly lifting.

Special thanks to the Russell County Emergency Management Agency for their help in conducting this survey.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
7.49 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 1157 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 1205 pm




Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) as the tornado formed.
Images are from KMXX at 1157 pm.


  Tree damage

Tree damage