National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Buncomb Creek EF-1 Tornado (Pickens Co)
  November 29, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in northern Pickens County just northeast of Ethelsville and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado.

The tornado touched down about 5 miles northeast of Ethelsville on County Road 35. A few trees were snapped off around this location but the initial damage was rather minor. The tornado continued northeast and crossed Antiach Church Road where it continued snapping off and uprooting trees. The tornado then approached County Road 34 where the tornado was at its maximum intensity. Numerous trees were snapped off and were uprooted on both sides of the tornado path. Several outbuildings were either damaged or destroyed. The tornado continued northeast where it crossed Shawtone Road, Woodard Road, and Miller Road. The tornado lifted just before it crossed County Road 27. The tornado was 5.3 miles long and was 600 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds around 95 mph. An additional note, there were sporadic trees blown down within one mile on the southern side path. This damage was due to strong inflow winds into the storm.





Estimated Maximum Wind:
95 mph
Damage Path Length:
5.30 miles
Maximum Path Width:
600 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 715 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 725 pm


GIS Data



Velocity (left) and reflectivity (right) as the tornado just after it crossed CR 34.
Images are from KGWX at 721 pm.


  Home damaged

Tree damage