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Millers Hollow EF-1 Tornado (Etowah County)
  April 12, 2020


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
5.52 miles
Maximum Path Width:
525 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
1 NW Ramsey
at 608 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
1 ESE Ridgeville
at 613 pm


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage near Attalla in Etowah County and determined it was the result of an EF-1 tornado.

A tornado touched down southwest of the City of Attalla, generally in a wooded area near Lemon Hollow Road. Damage from this tornado mostly involved softwood trees that were snapped or uprooted in a northeasterly path crossing Miller Hollow Road a few times until the tornado approached Highway 77. Here, dozens of trees were snapped or uprooted, as well as minor structural damage to a farm building and a power substation north of Gray Creek Drive. The tornado crossed Highway 77 near Clear Creek and Little Sand Valley where further tree damage was observed. It then crossed US Highway 431 and tracked along the ridgetop along Simmons Lane where trees were snapped and uprooted. Farther northeast, a residence sustained minor roof and porch damage as the circulation center passed overhead, which was evident by convergent tree fall and tree debris on the property. The tornado continued northeast where additional tree damage was observed and then dissipated near Wesson Gap Road. The tornado damage path was 5.52 miles long and was 525 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 95 mph.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just as the tornado touched down.
Images are from KHTX at 608 pm.


Damage Photo
  Tree Damage
Damage Photo
  Outbuilding Damaged