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Northriver Yacht Club EF-1 Tornado (Tuscaloosa County)
  April 12, 2020


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
9.86 miles
Maximum Path Width:
230 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
2 N Holt
at 833 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
5 SSW Bankhead Lock & Dam
at 844 pm


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage north of Holt in Tuscaloosa County and determined it was the result of an EF-1 tornado.

A tornado began on the eastern banks of Lake Tuscaloosa, inside of the Northriver Yacht Club community. Trees were snapped and uprooted, with some residences sustaining relatively minor roofing damage, aside from anything more significant resulting from tree fall. The tornado moved northeastward and crossed the Black Warrior River, uprooting and snapping hundreds of trees along its path. The tornado ended just before the Whiteoak Creek Branch of the Black Warrior River, just prior to the Jefferson County line. The tornado damage path was 9.86 miles long and was 230 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 100 mph.

We`d like to thank the Tuscaloosa Police Department for taking us into the air to survey this damage path.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just after the tornado touched down.
Images are from KBMX at 834 pm.


Damage Photo
  Tree Damage
Damage Photo
  Tree Damage