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Tropical  depression Harvey moved northeast from Louisiana through northern Mississippi and into central Tennessee Thursday (August 29th) into Friday (August 31st). It continued its trend of producing flooding rainfall and severe thunderstorms including some tornadoes across these areas. Some heavy rainfall between 2 and 3 inches was seen in northwestern Alabama Thursday night.  Also, some severe storms also occurred. One of these storms producing a EF2 tornado in Marshall and Cullman counties further east in north-central Alabama. 

Tropical Depression Harvey Track 24 Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7 AM on Friday
Tornado Watch #476 was issued at 11:15 AM. Click the radar loop to view the storm reports.

Tornado - Holly Pond/Baileyton AL
Cullman County, AL 

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Date August 31, 2017
Time (Local) 858 PM CDT
EF Rating EF-2
Est. Peak Winds 115 mph
Path Length 13.5 miles
Max Width 300 yards
Injuries/Deaths 0


A tornado developed just south of Holly Pond,
Alabama near the intersection of Highway 91 
and CR 695 where a couple of trees were uprooted.
As the tornado moved northeast it crossed Highway
278 where more trees were snapped and uprooted,
and then struck 10 chicken houses. It destroyed 
nearly all of the chicken houses producing damage
consistent with a low end EF-2. Metal roofing from
these chicken houses was spread across a large area
several hundred yards in width. Additional roof 
shingle damage also occurred to a family residence
along with several snapped and uprooted trees just
to the northeast of these chicken houses along CR 

As this tornado continued to move northeast more
trees were snapped and uprooted before 3 more 
chicken houses were destroyed on CR 1716.

After proceeding northeast a few miles the tornado
strengthened to its maximum intensity snapping and
destroying multiple trees and power poles near the
intersection of Red Hill Road and CR 1810.

More trees were uprooted and power lines were 
down occurred further northeast on Harris Road just
west of Joppa. The tornado crossed into Marshall
County where it dissipated near the intersection
of Mat Morrow Road and Midfield Road.


Track Map



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Upper Air Charts


250mb Chart at 7am August 31st

500mb Chart at 7am August 31st

850mb Chart at 7am August 31st

250mb Chart at 7pm August 31st

500mb Chart at 7pm August 31st

850mb Chart at 7pm August 31st

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Surface/Mesoscale Anaylsis

10am August 31st

1pm August 31st

4pm August 31st


7pm August 31st

10pm August 31st

1am September 1st

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SPC Outlooks

Day 3 Outlook 
Issued  am August 29th


Day 2 Outlook 
Issued  am August 30th

Day 1 Outlook
Issued  am August 31

Day 1 Tornado Probability
Issued am August 31st

Day 1 Wind Probability
Issued am August 31st

Day 1 Hail Probability
Issued am August 31st

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Event Images

Trees uprooted in Holly Pond area.

Tree trunks snapped off and fence damaged occurred at this location.

Some of the 10 chicken houses heavily damaged in Holly Pond.

House awning/roof damaged and metal from chicken houses nearby strewn in yard.

Tree trunks were snapped and trees damaged at this location.

Damage near hwy 1763 -  power pole pole collapsed.

A barn near the chicken houses was destroyed.

Images of damage coming soon!!
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