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West Blocton (Bibb County) EF-1 Tornado
April 15, 2011

Estimated Maximum Wind:
105 mph
Damage Path Length:
21.77 miles
Maximum Path Width:
1760 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
1.1 ENE Mertz
32.9040/-87.3625  400 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
1.5 ESE West Blocton
33.1092/-87.0773  434 pm

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage that begins 13.4 miles southwest of Centreville and traveled northeast to 2.8 miles east of West Blocton. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a tornado. Winds were estimated at 105 mph. The tornado touched down along Alabama Highway 25, 3 miles west of County Road 16, where thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. Most of the damage consisted of trees, however, there was some structure damage as the tornado crossed Alabama Highway 5 south of West Blocton. There was moderate roof damage to several homes and trees on a mobile home. Siding was also blown off of one side of a house. The tornado continued northeast lifting along County Road 24, 3 miles east of West Blocton. The tornado damage path was 21.77 miles long and was around 0.5 miles wide at its widest point.

A Tornado Warning was in effect from 339 pm until 445 pm. 


Roof & Tree Damage

Tree Damage
Reflectivity Image when tornado was approaching
Alabama State Highway 5.
Storm Relative Velocity Image when tornado was
approaching Alabama State Highway 5.