National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Guin/Brilliant EF-1 Tornado (Marion Co)
  November 30, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in southern Marion County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. The same storm that produced the Lamar County Airport Tornado continued to move northeast, and eventually caused a tornado in Marion County. This tornado touched down about a mile south of the city of Guin on County Road 69. From there, the tornado quickly widened as it moved to the northeast. As the tornado crossed US Highway 43, it caused significant damage to the roof of a restaurant, and snapped and uprooted several large trees. The tornado then crossed County Roads 27 and 164, and Alabama Highway 253, causing damage to numerous trees and several outbuildings. As the tornado approached and crossed Interstate 22, the damage path narrowed and the damage was barely discernible. The damage path slowly widened again as passed to the northwest of the Brilliant Community, damaging many more trees. A wooden barn structure was significantly damaged on County Road 36 northwest of Brilliant. From there, the path continued northeast over mostly rural farmland, producing more tree damage on Alabama Highway 129, County Roads 46, 171, and 70, and Alabama Highway 233. From there, the tornado began to narrow once again, and it finally lifted near Crooked Creek Road, just south of US Highway 278. The tornado was 16.85 miles long and was 900 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds around 90 mph.






Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
16.85 miles
Maximum Path Width:
900 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 1201 am
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 1224 am


GIS Data



Velocity (left) and reflectivity (right) shortly after the tornado touched down.
Images are from KGWX at 1206 am.


 Roof damage

Barn damage