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November 18, 2003 Oakman-Parrish Tornado

Leaves push over fence
Concentrated winds funneled these leaves into fence and knocked it over. This was near the end of the tornado path as the tornado weakened.
Damage to mobile home.
This mobile home, near Providence, was pushed off its foundation and sustained roof damage.
Mobile home damage.
Same mobile home near Providence.

A line of showers and a few thunderstorms, moved across Central Alabama Tuesday afternoon, November 18 , 2003. A very small circulation developed on the north side of a small bowing segment. This brief circulation produced the tornado in Walker County. These storms were very unique in that little to no lightning was produced.

National Weather Service Meteorologists surveyed the damage area from the small tornado which touched down in south central Walker County. Below is the storm summary of the damage area. Click on the graphics to get a larger image.

Tree and home damage.
This large tree was splintered by the tornado. The home sustained major rooof damage from the fallen tree. The tree pushed through the roof, narrowly missing a few people in a bunk bed.
Tree Damage
Large trees uprooted and splintered along the path. These fallen trees caused minor roof damage.
More tree damage.
Trees snapped off.

At 1207 pm CST, an F1 tornado touched down near the intersection of Fruit Jar Road and CR 20 .

Click on the image to enlarge damage path map.

The tornado tracked northeastward affecting areas between the Providence and Kings Mill communities. The tornado ended at 1214 pm CST near the intersection of SR 269 and Parrish Loop, north of Parrish. The tornado path was 6.3 miles long and 100 yards wide at its widest point. Approximately 15 homes and mobile homes sustained varying degrees of damage. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down along the path and several barns and outbuildings were also damaged. No injuries were reported.

Here are a few Birmingham Doppler Radar images when the tornado was on the ground.

Reflectivity Image at 1208 pm Storm Relative Velocity at 1208 pm