National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Independence (Autauga County) EF-1 Tornado
April 15, 2011

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
7.88 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3.3 ESE Independence
32.5095/-86.6680  848 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
2.6 NNW Poseys Crossroads
32.6037/-86.5918  859 pm 

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage near Independence. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a tornado. Winds were estimated around 90 mph. The tornado touched down approximately 2 miles southeast of Independence along County Road 13. The tornado traveled northeastward and crossed County Road 40, Highway 82, County Road 40 W and County Road 21. The tornado lifted 2 miles north of Old Kingston near County Road 161 and County Road 150. Numerous trees were snapped off or were uprooted along the damage path. Several structures suffered minor damage. The most significant damage occured in the Old Kingston community where a steeple was removed from a church and blown across the street and a mobile home sustained significant damage. The tornado damage path was 7.88 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point. A special thanks to the Autauga County Emergency Management Agency for assistance. 

A Tornado Warning was in effect from 810 pm until 9 pm.  A second Tornado Warning was issued and was in effect from 852 pm until 930 pm.