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August 17, 2018 Madison Tornado


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Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Path Length Path Width
Madison County
1 S Madison to 2 ESE Madison
5:14 PM -
5:18 PM
EF-1 Tornado
105 mph
none 1.40 miles 250 yards


Madison County EF-1 Tornado


Madison tornado track

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Track Summary

The tornado began in a small wooded area behind Saint Matthew's church on Old Canton Rd where a few large limbs were broken off. Playground equipment at the church also sustained considerable damage. A few bradford pear trees were also snapped at the entrance to the church. The tornado then crossed Old Canton Rd and onto Bruce Campbell Field. Here, two hangars and a building sustained damage. A brick facade collapsed on the exterior of one hangar and the other sustained minor damage to the sheet metal roofing and the hangar doors were blown off their tracks. Two metal support beams in the ceiling were also bent. The tornado passed just a few yards to the right of the airport's AWOS which recorded a 97 mph wind gust. The tornado continued on an ENE track passing through another wooded area strengthening before entering the Sandalwood subdivision. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped in this wooded area. The tornado reached peak intensity as it crossed Peachtree Ln, Redbud Ln, and Wintergreen Rd. Here, numerous trees were snapped and uprooted and multiple homes sustained structural damage from falling trees. A few homes also sustained minor roof damage unassociated with the trees. The tree damage in Sandalwoods was consistent with 95-105 mph winds. The tornado began to quickly weaken as it crossed Rice Rd where a few large limbs were snapped from trees. The tornado dissipated in a small wooded area east of Rice Rd and north of Village Dr.

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Estimated Maximum Wind: 105 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 1.40 miles
Maximum Path Width: 250 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

1 S Madison
5:14 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

2 ESE Madison
5:18 pm


Radar Imagery

The KDGX Brandon, MS radar was struck by lightning and went down hard shortly before the tornado occurred. A radar image of this tornado will sadly not be available.