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Hopewell Church Road EF-1 Tornado (Bibb County)
August 31, 2017

Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.56 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards 
Approximate Start Point/Time:
4 WSW West Blocton 33.1008/-87.1718 at   728 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
3 WSW West Blocton  33.1068/-87.1654 at     730 pm

A damage survey by National Weather Service meteorologists determined that a brief EF-1 tornado occurred to the southwest of West Blocton in Bibb County. The tornado spun up along a hunting road south of Hopewell Church Road, where a couple of trees were downed. It paralleled Hopewell Church Road and reached its greatest intensity near a pond.  Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted on both sides of the pond.  The tornado dissipated north of the pond, prior to reaching Hopewell Church Road.

 Radar Data & Damage Pictures
Radar Image  

This is an image of the 0.5 degree reflectivity (right) and velocity (left) data from KBMX at 728 pm near when the tornado touched down.



Damage Image Damage Image

Several pine trees snapped, uprooted

Uprooted pine trees

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