National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Rating EF-4 Peak Wind 170 MPH
Path Length 6 Miles Peak Path Width 0.25 Miles
Starting Point 33.867092, -86.992250 Ending Point 33.896752, -86.92622
Starting Time 5:06 PM  Ending Time 5:24 PM
Complete Tornado Track Map 

 Complete Tornado Track across Cullman County in Google Earth.

Click on the image above to display an experimental contoured map created by Suheiley Lopez (UPRM) dipicting the strength of damage indicators seen along the track during NWS storm surveys.



        A large tornado tracked into the Huntsville County Warning Area (CWA) across the very southern tip of Cullman County, from about 3 miles southwest of Arkadelphia to just over 2 miles ESE of Arkadelphia. This tornado then tracked out of the Huntsville CWA into Blount County. In Cullman County, a wide swath of pine and hardwood trees was found snapped at the bases or splintered several feet off the ground, with some debarking of trees. South of Hwy 91 along Washington Loop, several homes were damaged or destroyed. A mobile home was obliterated and the frame was found at least 200 yards to the east up a hill. A cinder block home was wiped out, with the contents landing across the road, while the cars nearby were tossed. A truck landed in a nearby hollow at least 50 yards away while a sedan was smashed as it landed about 130 yards away. Farming equipment in a barn was displaced into the hollow, including a hay baler and a tractor. The storm shelter by the residence was partially lifted and damaged. The person inside received minor injuries. Additional homes and buildings nearby were destroyed and only a few trees were left standing or not debarked. The main damage path was fairly well confined, as a well built home just at the edge of the track only sustained minor roof damage. 

Radar Data

Birmingham, AL Radar (BMX) Reflectivity (click to loop) Birmingham, AL Radar (BMX) Storm Relative Velocity (click to loop)
BMX 0.5 degree reflectivity loop of the EF-5 tornado track -- 5:01 PM PM to 5:33 PM CDT April 27 2011 BMX 0.5 degree storm relative velocity  loop of the EF-5 tornado track -- 5:01 PM to 5:33 PM CDT April 27 2011


Tornado Damage Photos

This home was completely wiped off of it's foundation.   
This home was reduced to rubble and almost completely wiped clean of its foundation. 
It is hard to recognize this car, as it was thrown over 130 yards before coming to rest on this large uprooted tree. 
It is hard to recognize this car, as it was thrown over 130 yards before coming to rest on this large uprooted tree.
 The tornado leveled a large area of trees. You can see the rototation in this photo due to the random nature of how they lie after being blown down. 
The tornado leveled large areas of trees along its path. You can see the obvious track of the storm as trees were snapped just a few feet off the ground.
South of Arkadelphia, this is another view of the home that was demolished down to its foundation. Trees in the background are stripped of their bark. The car shown above was thrown from the driveway in front of this home.
Farm equipment in the barn near the destroyed home was displaced into this nearby hollow.
 Numerous trees were snapped off near their base or stripped of their bark near the storm shelter that was damaged.

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