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Sprott EF-1 Tornado (Perry County)
  April 12, 2020


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
2.42 miles
Maximum Path Width:
350 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
5 ESE Heiberger
at 1014 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
6 E Heiberger
at 1018 pm


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

A tornado formed along County Road 9 about four miles north of the Sprott community in northern Perry County. The tornado moved northeast and caused extensive tree damage along County Road 2, where the tornado strengthened to a maximum intensity of 100 mph. The Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church had a portion of its roof removed, and the adjacent fellowship hall was destroyed. A short distance to the northeast, the tornado dissipated near Hodgens Road. The tornado damage path was 2.42 miles long and was 350 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 100 mph.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just as the tornado touched down.
Images are from KBMX at 1014 pm.


Damage Photo
  Tree Damage
Damage Photo
  Church Damaged