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Crawford Tornado - Russell County - April 10, 2009


Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
6.0 mile
Maximum Path Width:
150 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
32.4621/-85.2669 at 804 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
32.4467/-85.1671 at 813 pm

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Russell County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 95 mph.

An EF-1 tornado touched in far northern Russell County near the intersection of County Road 83 and Thomas Road. The tornado traveled east southeast and lifted near the intersection of County Road 41 and State Highway 169. The tornado snapped off or uprooted numerous trees along the path. The tornado damage path was six miles long and was 150 yards wide at its widest point.





Damage Path

Damage Path

The top image is a KMXX 0.5 degree reflectivity loop. The bottom image is a KMXX 0.5 degree storm relative velocity loop. The green indicates wind blowing toward the radar while red indicates wind blowing away from the radar. This storm exhibited rotation and evolved throughout its life cycle.