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Sipsey Tornado - Walker County - December 10th, 2008


Estimated Maximum Wind:
Around 130 mph
Damage Path Length:
4.6 miles
Maximum Path Width:
400 yards
Approximate Start Point:
33.8221/-87.1446 at 101AM
Approximate End Point:
33.8667/87.0838 at 107AM
KML/KMZ File :

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Walker County near Sipsey. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 130 mph.

The tornado touched down near the intersection of Snow Drive and Old Pineywoods Road, just north of US Highway 78. The tornado traveled northeastward and crossed County Road 77 and lifted shortly thereafter. One mobile home was totally destroyed and rolled approximately 50 feet. At least two additional mobile homes suffered significant damage. Two chicken houses were damaged. A few hundred trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the path.



Destroyed Mobile Home



Roof Damage

Damage Path Map
Damage Path