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Reece City EF-2 Tornado (Etowah County)
  April 12, 2020


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
115 mph
Damage Path Length:
12.19 miles
Maximum Path Width:
875 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
2 ESE Ridgeville
at 614 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
2 NE Keener
at 628 pm


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage along and near Hwy 11 in Etowah County and determined it was the result of an EF-2 tornado.

The tornado first touched down near Oak Hill Cemetery on the north side of Attalla along Highway 11. Here, several large trees were uprooted. The tornado tracked northeast almost paralleling Highway 11. Many homes suffered extensive structural damage due to falling and snapped trees. Numerous power poles were also snapped along its track from Attalla into Reece City. The tornado widened and strengthened as it moved into Reece City with a wide swath of hardwood trees snapped and felled along both sides of Highway 11 near Bethany Baptist Church and Clifford Drive. Here, the tornado reached its maximum intensity of 115 mph. The tornado maintained intensity as it crossed Highway 211 and widened to its maximum width of 875 yards with damage as far east as Interstate 59 and Highway 11. A barn was also significantly damaged at this location. The tornado finally began to wind down as it tracked northeast with sporadic snapped and uprooted trees noted for the next couple of miles. The tornado lifted just south of Wallace Drive. The tornado damage path was 12.19 miles long and was 875 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 115 mph.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation as the tornado moved through Reece City.
Images are from KHTX at 618 pm.


Damage Photo
  Tree Damage
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  Tree & Home Damage
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  Tree Damage
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  Tree Damage