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Parrish/Cordova (Walker County) EF-3 Tornado
April 27, 2011

Estimated Maximum Wind:
140 mph
20 Injuries
Damage Path Length:
18.90 miles
Maximum Path Width:
375 yards 
Approximate Start Point/Time:
33.5979/-87.3278 at 518 am
Approximate End Point/Time:
33.8176/-87.1320 at 536 am

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage across central Walker  County. It was determined that the damage was the result of a tornado. A tornado developed along a Quasi-Linear Convective System and touched down in rural southwestern Walker County, near the Fairview community. The tornado moved north northeast through Cordova before it lifted near Lynns Park. The tornado touched down southwest of CR 6 and rapidly intensified to an EF3 rating with winds of 140 mph. Along Horseshoe Bend, a home was completely leveled, where it swept the foundation clean of the structure and debris. The tornado continued north northeast through the Richardson subdivision and across Pleasantville Road. It destroyed at least two single-wide manufactured homes. The tornado crossed US Hwy 269 where it weakened to an EF2 with winds of 120 mph and moved through the Aldridge community, where several homes were damaged, large trees were uprooted, and another single-wide manufactured home was tossed and obliterated. In Cordova, the tornado caused significant roof and parapet damage to brick buildings in the downtown area. The tornado crossed Old US Hwy 78 just east of the Mulberry Fork, where it snapped and uprooted trees and caused minor structural damage. The tornado continued northeast and dissipated south of County Road 22, less than a mile north of Old US Hwy 78. A second tornado, with winds of 140 mph, tracked through Cordova during the afternoon hours and caused more significant structural damage.

The EF-4 tornado in the afternoon moved across Cordova and covered the damage path from the morning tornado. The damage pictures for Cordova will all be associated with the afternoon storm survey.

A Tornado Warning was in effect from 514 am until 545 am.