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Glencoe EF-1 Tornado (Etowah County)
  April 14, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
3.76 miles
Maximum Path Width:
95 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
1 NNE Glencoe
at 628 am
Approximate End Point/Time:
1.5 NNE Hokes Bluff
at 633 am


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage in southeastern Etowah County and determined it was the result of a tornado with maximum sustained winds of 95 mph.

This tornado began near Taylor Road where a large tree was uprooted and light trim damage was done to a house. Damage intensity rapidly increased as the tornado crossed Rabbittown Road. One residence had significant damage done to its roof and an exterior wall, along with broken windows. A car was also picked up/shifted. A second residence, which appeared to have very little/no anchoring, was greatly shifted from its foundation with heavy roof damage and broken windows. Across the street, a third residence had significant roof and wall damage, along with broken windows. The pattern of fallen trees in this vicinity indicated a cyclonic wind pattern, helping to confirm tornadic winds despite the storm`s presentation on radar.

The tornado continued northeastward, knocking down additional trees as it neared and crossed Highway 278. Several outbuildings were destroyed and tossed downwind at a residence located along Tidmore Bend Road. The tornado then crossed the Coosa River and caused light roof damage to a dock as well as knocked down some trees before dissipating just before Alford Bend Road.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just after the tornado touched down.
Images are from KHTX at 629 am.


Damage Photo
  Home Damaged
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  Home Damaged
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  Structure Damage