National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

October 25, 2019 Clarke County, AL Tornado

National Weather Service Mobile/Pensacola
Tuesday October 29, 2019


A weather system impacting the local area Friday October 25th, produced severe storms which spawned a tornado in northeast Clarke Co. in southwest Alabama during the early evening. Local National Weather Service Survey Team found structural and tree damage consistent with a high end EF-1 tornado rating. The findings from the survey are provided below in the Public Information Statement. Below the statement is the track.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
1009 AM CDT Tue Oct 29 2019

...NWS Damage Survey For October 25th Clarke County Tornado Event...

.OVERVIEW...An NWS storm survey identified a tornado that impacted northeast
Clarke County, southwest of Thomasville. This was part of the same storm
system that produced other tornadoes in the region on October 25th.


Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105-110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Oct 25 2019
Start Time:             739 PM CDT
Start Location:         4 SW Thomasville
Start Lat/Lon:          31.858/-87.7695

End Date:               Oct 25 2019
End Time:               741 PM CDT
End Location:           3.5 SW Thomasville
End Lat/Lon:            31.8712/-87.7698

Survey summary: The tornado touched down on the west side of Sandflat
Road and just west of John Rivers Lane. A home suffered significant roof
damage just after the tornado developed. The tornado continued north and
caused significant roof damage to a home on Gaddy Lane. There was evidence
of at least two distinct mesovortices embedded within the larger tornado
circulation. There was also extensive tree damage in this area with the
trunks of some hardwood trees snapped. The tornado continued north and
lifted north of State Highway 154.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.