National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Forkland (Hale and Greene Counties) EF-2 Tornado
April 15, 2011

Estimated Maximum Wind:
130 mph
Damage Path Length:
24.1 miles
Maximum Path Width:
880 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
2.1 ESE Forkland   32.6426/-87.8456  444 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
2.3 W Hogglesville 32.8445/-87.5088  522 pm

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage that began east of Forkland and traveled northeast almost to the Bibb/Hale County Line. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a tornado. Winds were estimated at 130 mph and this tornado was witnessed by several dozen people and storm spotters. The tornado touched down about 2.2 miles east of Forkland along County Road 20. The tornado mainly traveled in forested land and snapped and uprooted thousands of trees along the path. Just north of Greensboro, the tornado severely damaged three mobile homes along County Road 21. The tornado continued northeast close to the Talladega National Forest, where more trees were snapped and uprooted. The tornado lifted north of Alabama Highway 25, 2.4 miles west of the Bibb County Line. The tornado damage path was 24.1 miles long and was 880 yards wide at its widest point.

A Tornado Warning was in effect from 418 pm until 515 pm. 

Reflectivity Image at time when the tormado
crossed the river.
Storm Relative Velocity Image when the tornado
crossed the river.