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The chance of earthquake damage in Athens is about the same as Alabama average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Athens is much higher than Alabama average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #229

Athens, AL

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Athens, AL

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Tornado Index, #95

Athens, AL

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 4,710 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Athens, AL were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:14Dense Fog:0Drought:26
Dust Storm:0Flood:606Hail:1,337Heat:14Heavy Snow:5
High Surf:0Hurricane:2Ice Storm:2Landslide:0Strong Wind:13
Thunderstorm Winds:2,366Tropical Storm:6Wildfire:0Winter Storm:11Winter Weather:11

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Athens, AL.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Athens, AL.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Athens, AL.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 148 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Athens, AL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.91997-05-02234°46'N / 87°00'W34°48'N / 86°58'W3.20 Miles75 Yards0122.3M50KLimestone
 Brief Description: A tornado, rated at F2 on the Fujita scale, struck the southern and eastern sections of Athens in Limestone County. The tornado path began about 2 miles south-southwest of Athens near the intersection of Sanderfer Road and County Road 45. The tornado moved northeasterly crossing through southern and eastern sections of Athens. It crossed the intersection of State Road 127 and US 72 where several businesses were damaged. Some damage was caused at Athens Middle School. The tornado continued northeast dissipating near the intersection of Proyr Street and US 31 near Athens High School. According to EMA officals, siz homes were destroyed, 14 homes sustained major damage, and an additional 14 homes had minor damage. Three apartment buildings, each with eight units, were damaged, 13 businesses had major damage, and two businesses reported minor damage. Of the 12 injuries, two were described as serious.
2.01974-04-03534°42'N / 87°03'W34°50'N / 86°47'W17.70 Miles500 Yards11800K0Limestone
3.11974-04-03534°41'N / 87°04'W34°48'N / 86°46'W18.80 Miles500 Yards5410K0Limestone
3.71963-03-11234°46'N / 87°10'W34°53'N / 86°48'W22.20 Miles33 Yards132.5M0Limestone
5.51958-04-05234°48'N / 87°00'W34°55'N / 86°53'W10.50 Miles50 Yards00250K0Limestone
6.72000-12-16234°51'N / 87°03'W34°52'N / 86°59'W4.80 Miles60 Yards00150K0KLimestone
 Brief Description: A second tornado began 5.1 miles west-northwest of Athens just south of O'Neal. The tornado travelled in a northeasterly direction crossing SR 99 where several houses were damaged heavily. Continuing northeast the tornado crossed CR 63 and damaged several houses and destroyed three mobile homes just south of Cross Key. The tornado then crossed CR 26 and SR 127 before dissipating about 5.0 miles north of Athens. The tornado was rated an F2 with no known injuries reported. The total tornado path was 4.8 miles long and about 60 yards wide. The tornado began at 12:38 PM and dissipated at 12:44 PM. Beginning: 34 50.326/87 03.032 Ending: 34 52.552/86 58.748
10.21985-08-16334°42'N / 87°05'W35°01'N / 87°07'W23.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Limestone
10.41958-05-25234°38'N / 87°00'W0125K0Morgan
10.72009-05-06234°40'N / 86°49'W34°42'N / 86°47'W2.00 Miles75 Yards0040K0KLimestone
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down along Segers Road in eastern Limestone county, snapping and uprooting numerous large trees. A tree fell on a mobile home on Hardiman Road and split it in half. Peak wind speed was estimated at 115 mph with a path width of 75 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Strong thunderstorms erupted around Midnight on the 6th in northwest Alabama and tracked across portions of north Alabama. The storms produced one to three inches of rainfall in parts of Lawrence, Morgan, Cullman and Marshall Counties resulting in a few instances of flash flooding. Following this first round of thunderstorms, a vigorous quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) advanced eastward from northern Mississippi into northwest Alabama before sunrise. This system strengthened as it encountered increasing instability. Given high amounts of low level wind shear, a break in the line resulted as a strong comma head / mesocyclone developed. This storm evolved into its own miniature supercell spawning three tornadoes along its track from eastern Lawrence through Morgan, Limestone and Madison Counties. The tornado in Limestone and Madison County produced up to EF2 damage along its 10.9 mile track, narrowly missing an elementary school, high school, and two churches in Madison. Other reports of thunderstorm wind damage were received with these storms.
11.21974-04-03534°39'N / 87°07'W34°41'N / 87°04'W4.10 Miles500 Yards0560K0Morgan
12.11952-03-22434°36'N / 87°00'W34°41'N / 86°38'W21.60 Miles100 Yards45025K0Morgan
12.51974-04-03534°48'N / 86°46'W34°50'N / 86°42'W4.70 Miles500 Yards91100K0Madison
13.81985-08-16234°41'N / 86°42'W34°49'N / 86°43'W13.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Madison
14.22001-11-24234°36'N / 87°06'W34°37'N / 87°05'W1.80 Miles300 Yards00250K0KMorgan
 Brief Description: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the tornado in Haleyville produced another tornado near the Lawrence-Morgan county line. The tornado began at 12:10 pm 1 mile southwest of Caddo near CR 214. The tornado moved northeast through Caddo and into Morgan County. The tornado ended at 12:15 pm near North Mountain Road in Trinity. Emergency Management officials estimated that around 25 homes sustained varying degrees of damage including 3 homes that were totally destroyed, one mobile home demolished, and 2 homes received significant damage. Additional damage was reported to several businesses and one church. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted and numerous outbuildings were destroyed. Two minor injuries were reported in Caddo. The tornado path was 4.9 miles long and 300 yards wide at its widest point. Beg: 34 33.765/87 09.104 End: 34 35.979/87 04.963
15.31958-04-05234°42'N / 87°24'W34°55'N / 87°02'W25.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lawrence
15.71974-04-03334°34'N / 86°50'W34°36'N / 86°47'W3.80 Miles700 Yards002.5M0Limestone
16.02001-11-24234°33'N / 87°03'W34°33'N / 86°57'W3.10 Miles300 Yards02250K0KLawrence
 Brief Description: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the tornado in Haleyville produced another tornado near the Lawrence-Morgan county line. The tornado began at 12:10 pm 1 mile southwest of Caddo near CR 214. The tornado moved northeast through Caddo and into Morgan County. The tornado ended at 12:15 pm near North Mountain Road in Trinity. Emergency Management officials estimated that around 25 homes sustained varying degrees of damage including 3 homes that were totally destroyed, one mobile home demolished, and 2 homes received significant damage. Additional damage was reported to several businesses and one church. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted and numerous outbuildings were destroyed. Two minor injuries were reported in Caddo. The tornado path was 4.9 miles long and 300 yards wide at its widest point. Beg: 34 33.765/87 09.104 End: 34 35.979/87 04.963
16.51974-04-03334°32'N / 86°54'W34°34'N / 86°50'W4.50 Miles700 Yards002.5M0Morgan
16.91973-11-27334°38'N / 86°47'W34°44'N / 86°34'W14.10 Miles200 Yards0422.5M0Madison
17.41974-04-01334°42'N / 86°43'W34°45'N / 86°35'W8.40 Miles800 Yards162.5M0Madison
17.71995-05-18434°50'N / 87°02'W34°48'N / 86°15'W39.00 Miles1300 Yards1555.0M0Limestone
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm produced a violent tornado that began 3 miles northwest of Athens in Limestone County and moved on a path just slightly north of east completely across Madison County before ending in northwestern Jackson County about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro. The tornado path varied from very narrow at the beginning and end to about three-quarters of a mile wide at the widest location in Madison County. Intensity varied from F0 intensity near both ends of the track to F4 at the strongest in several locations in Madison County. Damage along the track was primarily in the F2 and F3 category. Evidence in the damage as seen through an aerial survey indicated that the tornado was probably a multiple vortex with indications of at least two vortices within the main tornado funnel. The tornado began at 1633 CST in Limestone County crossing Interstate 65 and Highway 251 where the mobile home park was destroyed. It reached the Limestone/Madison county line at 1650 CST. The trek across Madison County saw the tornado move near the communities of Harvest, Meridianville, Buckhorn, and Fannings Crossing before moving into the rugged terrain of eastern Madison County. The tornado crossed the Madison/Jackson county line at 1721 CST. The tornado track was much weaker in Jackson County as it moved through rugged terrain affecting very few structures. The track ended about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro or a few miles west of the community of Hytop. Damage was the heaviest at a mobile home park about three miles northeast of Athens along Highway 251. The only fatality that occurred in this tornado occurred at this mobile home park, and the person died later from injuries received in the tornado. Twenty-six mobile homes were destroyed in Limestone County, 13 in the Oakdale Mobile Home Park. Another 35 buildings were damaged or destroyed in Limestone County where damage was estimated to be $1.5 million. About 9,500 electric customers were without electricity. A cow was also killed when a large tree fell on and crushed it. Another especially hard hit area was Anderson Hills subdivision in Madison County with houses ranging in price from $175,000 to $400,000. This area of well-constructed dwellings was one of the locations where F4 damage was evident as well as indications of a multiple vortex structure. In Anderson Hills, 21 houses were destroyed and 39 sustained major damage. Damage across the rest of Madison County was less concentrated than in this one subdivision. Over 10,000 Huntsville Utility Company customers were without power. M30M
18.11980-06-29235°01'N / 86°49'W1.00 Mile40 Yards0025K0Lincoln
18.42008-02-06234°31'N / 87°06'W34°33'N / 87°03'W3.00 Miles200 Yards000K0KMorgan
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Representatives from the National Weather Service conducted a storm survey of damage in Morgan County, Alabama that occurred early on February 6th, 2008. The tornado continued its destructive path from Lawrence into Morgan County about 5 miles southwest of Decatur. The tornado tracked another 2.7 miles into Morgan County lifting near the Trinity community west of Decatur around 3:20 AM CST. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The WFO Huntsville County Warning Area experienced the worst tornado outbreak in 19 years on February 6, 2008. While the number of observed tornadoes was low (4), the area experienced two EF-4 tornadoes, the first time the area has witnessed more than one devastating tornado on the same day since 1974. This event was part of a large tornado outbreak which spanned both February 5th (Super Tuesday) and 6th (Wednesday). A series of tornadic supercell thunderstorms swept across the Mid-South and Southeast states ahead of a potent cold front.
18.51985-08-16334°22'N / 87°05'W34°42'N / 87°05'W22.00 Miles100 Yards022.5M0Morgan
19.91970-04-24234°45'N / 86°36'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Madison
20.41976-03-20234°55'N / 87°16'W1.00 Mile30 Yards0225K0Lauderdale
20.62010-01-21234°42'N / 86°38'W34°45'N / 86°33'W7.00 Miles150 Yards000K0KMadison
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado first touched down in a residential development on the Redstone Arsenal, just 2 miles south of the National Weather Service office located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A narrow tornado path uprooted a large tree, then moved into a residential area along Magnolia Circle. Here, the tornado tore shingles off of roofs and ripped siding off several homes. The tornado then lifted briefly before touching down again near the intersection of Triana Blvd and 9th Ave in Huntsville. It then proceeded northeast another 4.4 miles, through the Old Town and Five Points communities, before lifting near the intersection of Gaboury Lane and Rosalie Ridge road near Chapman Mountain. Along it's path, many hardwood/softwood trees and utility poles were snapped. Multiple well-built single family homes sustained substantial roof damage. Winds were estimated to reach peak speeds of 115 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated classic supercells developed in northern Alabama during the late afternoon hours ahead of a cold front and low pressure system moving through the Tennessee Valley. One of the storms produced an EF-2 tornado in the northeast side of Huntsville. Several photographs and videos documented this tornado from various locations throughout the city of Huntsville and at many locations in Madison County.
20.71967-12-18234°33'N / 86°42'W34°35'N / 86°41'W2.70 Miles300 Yards202.5M0Morgan
20.91967-12-18234°35'N / 86°41'W34°50'N / 86°30'W20.20 Miles300 Yards0272.5M0Madison
21.11988-11-04334°44'N / 87°24'W34°44'N / 87°14'W13.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Lawrence
21.51977-07-17234°42'N / 86°35'W0.20 Mile77 Yards00250K0Madison
21.61974-04-03534°50'N / 86°47'W35°00'N / 86°26'W22.90 Miles33 Yards51100K0Madison
21.71963-04-29235°02'N / 87°13'W35°02'N / 87°08'W5.10 Miles50 Yards0025K0Giles
21.81997-05-02234°52'N / 86°35'W34°53'N / 86°35'W1.30 Miles70 Yards01600K0KMadison
 Brief Description: A short but powerful tornado struck the area northwest of Meridianville destroying four homes along with major damage to two otehrs and minor damage to twelve more. The tornado path began in an hope area just southwest of the Colonial Golf Course. The torndo moved through a small subdivision on the north and east sides of the golf course and moved into an open area again as it dissipated.
22.31978-04-18234°41'N / 87°23'W34°41'N / 87°16'W6.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Lawrence
22.41974-04-03534°26'N / 87°07'W34°30'N / 87°00'W8.00 Miles500 Yards000K0Morgan
22.81963-03-11234°53'N / 86°48'W34°57'N / 86°22'W25.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Madison
23.31958-04-05234°46'N / 87°26'W34°51'N / 87°17'W10.30 Miles100 Yards00250K0Lawrence
23.31974-04-03334°36'N / 86°47'W34°48'N / 86°19'W29.90 Miles700 Yards232.5M0Madison
23.31989-05-22235°03'N / 87°09'W35°09'N / 87°00'W9.00 Miles100 Yards12250K0Giles
23.71964-03-09334°51'N / 87°23'W34°54'N / 87°19'W5.20 Miles33 Yards22250K0Lauderdale
23.91989-11-15434°39'N / 86°39'W34°44'N / 86°26'W12.50 Miles880 Yards21463250.0M0Madison
24.01965-03-17334°50'N / 87°30'W34°57'N / 87°12'W18.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Lauderdale
24.41967-11-24234°43'N / 86°35'W34°40'N / 86°29'W6.60 Miles83 Yards07250K0Madison
24.61976-03-20234°46'N / 86°31'W0.50 Mile20 Yards00250K0Madison
25.01974-04-03534°28'N / 87°29'W34°39'N / 87°07'W24.40 Miles500 Yards14600K0Lawrence
25.12008-05-08234°46'N / 87°25'W34°48'N / 87°22'W4.00 Miles250 Yards00250K0KLawrence
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado continued its track from Fosters Mill in Colbert County into the far northern tip of Lawrence County. The tornado struck the Doublehead Resort and Lodge producing significant structural damage. A 2-story house was completely lifted off its foundation and moved nearly 20 feet. The entire west-facing side of this house was ripped off along with significant roof damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) produced no less than five tornadoes and damaging thunderstorm winds across northern Alabama during the late morning through mid afternoon hours.
25.61973-05-19234°57'N / 86°33'W2.00 Miles500 Yards010250K0Madison
26.02008-02-06434°24'N / 87°17'W34°31'N / 87°06'W14.00 Miles880 Yards4230K0KLawrence
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Representatives from the National Weather Service and the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency conducted a storm survey of damage that occurred in Lawrence County, Alabama early in the morning of February 6, 2008. The damage was determined to originate from a strong tornado, which at its peak had winds of approximately 170 MPH, giving it a rating of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Based on reports and an aerial survey conducted by the Lawrence County EMA, the tornado is believed to have originally touched down near the Pinhook community in south-central Lawrence County (just north of the Bankhead National Forest) around 3:02 AM CST. The tornado remained on the ground for approximately 16.7 miles; the first 14 miles of the track occurred in Lawrence County, tracking through the Aldridge Grove, Fairfield, Five Points, Midway, and Caddo communities. The tornado exited Lawrence County about 3 miles south southeast of Caddo around 3:20 AM CST. The most significant damage occurred in two main areas. The first occurred just south of the Pinhook community, near the intersection of County Road 92 and 188. The second occurred north of Aldridge Grove near the intersection of County Road 94 and 183, where three fatalities occurred. Numerous homes received significant structural damage, including a 2300 square foot/2-story brick house that was nearly leveled off its foundation. Large trees, with diameters up to 4 feet, were completely snapped, with many uprooted. Fence posts embedded in concrete were ripped out of the ground and vaulted 50 to 100 feet in several different directions. A truck was thrown over a distance of more than 100 yards into an open field. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The WFO Huntsville County Warning Area experienced the worst tornado outbreak in 19 years on February 6, 2008. While the number of observed tornadoes was low (4), the area experienced two EF-4 tornadoes, the first time the area has witnessed more than one devastating tornado on the same day since 1974. This event was part of a large tornado outbreak which spanned both February 5th (Super Tuesday) and 6th (Wednesday). A series of tornadic supercell thunderstorms swept across the Mid-South and Southeast states ahead of a potent cold front.
26.31953-02-20234°23'N / 87°04'W34°25'N / 86°57'W7.10 Miles220 Yards0625K0Franklin
27.61967-10-24334°44'N / 87°27'W34°44'N / 87°25'W1.90 Miles33 Yards03250K0Lawrence
27.81985-08-16334°21'N / 86°45'W34°30'N / 86°41'W14.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Morgan
28.02008-05-08234°44'N / 87°28'W34°46'N / 87°25'W13.00 Miles250 Yards00300K0KColbert
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A surveillance camera from an equipment company northeast of Leighton captured a tornado on video picking up at least 2 cars and throwing them nearly 40 feet. A home was destroyed and another heavily damaged along River Road and Second Street. Large trees were snapped and uprooted near Fosters Mill at the intersection County Road 40. An 18 wheeler was reported to be overturned in this area as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) produced no less than five tornadoes and damaging thunderstorm winds across northern Alabama during the late morning through mid afternoon hours.
28.41997-01-24235°08'N / 86°47'W35°11'N / 86°44'W4.20 Miles200 Yards00250K0Lincoln
 Brief Description: Hot Rock area was hardest hit. 3 homes were totally destroyed and 9 more were damaged by the tornado. 14 outbuildings and one house trailer were damaged. Tornado path width and length are approximations.
28.41985-08-16235°06'N / 86°43'W35°12'N / 86°45'W7.00 Miles70 Yards003K0Lincoln
29.01955-04-24434°21'N / 87°03'W34°22'N / 86°54'W8.60 Miles200 Yards5202.5M0Morgan
29.51956-02-17335°09'N / 87°18'W35°09'N / 87°07'W10.40 Miles1760 Yards0025K0Lawrence
30.61958-04-05234°40'N / 87°32'W34°46'N / 87°26'W8.90 Miles100 Yards11250K0Colbert
30.61951-11-14235°13'N / 87°02'W0.20 Mile7 Yards0025K0Giles
30.71957-04-08334°19'N / 86°59'W34°27'N / 86°25'W33.60 Miles200 Yards2900K0Morgan
30.91957-11-08235°12'N / 87°01'W35°15'N / 86°58'W4.70 Miles133 Yards003K0Giles
31.21958-04-05234°18'N / 86°54'W34°22'N / 86°49'W6.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Cullman
31.21989-11-15434°44'N / 86°26'W34°47'N / 86°22'W6.00 Miles880 Yards00250.0M0Madison
31.31999-02-27234°54'N / 87°29'W34°56'N / 87°28'W1.70 Miles150 Yards00145K0KLauderdale
 Brief Description: A tornado occurred around 5:55 pm about 4 miles northeast of Killen in northern Lauderdale County. A mobile home was destroyed, several houses were heavily damaged, numerous trees were downed and uprooted, and several other structures sustained damage. The damage area was along CR 71 in the Antioch area.
32.01951-06-08234°58'N / 86°26'W023K0Madison
32.21983-05-19234°18'N / 87°02'W34°20'N / 87°02'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Morgan
32.71974-04-03534°18'N / 87°21'W34°26'N / 87°07'W16.20 Miles500 Yards000K0Lawrence
32.81973-11-27234°19'N / 86°49'W34°20'N / 86°44'W5.10 Miles33 Yards03250K0Morgan
33.01952-02-29435°09'N / 86°35'W2.00 Miles300 Yards21502.5M0Lincoln
33.52001-11-24234°27'N / 86°31'W34°27'N / 86°31'W2.00 Miles300 Yards07400K0KMarshall
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm produced a tornado in the Union Grove area. The tornado began at 1:41 pm, 5.3 miles northwest of Union Grove, near Shumate Mountain. The tornado moved northeast crossing CR 240 and ending at 1:44 pm near the base of Benton Round Mountain. The heaviest damage occurred southwest of CR 240. Ten to 15 mobile homes were destroyed, 5 homes suffered varying degrees of damage, several outbuildings and barns were destroyed, an ultra-lite hangar was destroyed, 2 hunting cabins were destroyed, and 7 people received minor injuries. Beg: 34 26.213/86 31.892 End: 34 27.381/86 30.407
33.72001-11-24234°30'N / 86°27'W34°33'N / 86°26'W2.60 Miles300 Yards00500K0KMadison
 Brief Description: The same storm that spawned the Union Grove Tornado moved northeast across the Tennessee River and produced another tornado in southeastern Madison County. This tornado, rated an F2 on the Fujita scale, touched down around 1:50 pm about 3.6 miles west-southwest of the city of New Hope near the base of Lemley Mountain where it downed trees and produced light damage to some homes. The tornado then strengthened as it moved northeast through a mobile home community where several mobile homes were thrown and demolished. After crossing US 431 and damaging several businesses, the tornado lifted about three-quarters of a mile northeast of the US 431/Old US 431 intersection around 1:54 pm. Despite damage to at least 21 homes, including eight that were completely demolished, there were no known injuries. In the mobile home community where the greatest damage occurred, residents stated they heard the Tornado Warning on televison and through NOAA Weather Radio and took cover in underground storm shelters. Beg: 34 31.445/86 26.951 End: 34 33.250/86 25.254
34.21968-05-29234°29'N / 87°26'W2.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Lawrence
34.61983-05-19234°16'N / 87°03'W34°18'N / 87°02'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Cullman
34.71995-05-18435°00'N / 87°29'W35°21'N / 87°10'W29.00 Miles1000 Yards3324.6M0Lawrence And Giles
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down near the Lawrence/Wayne County line near Deerfield and lifted near Campbellsville in Giles County. Two people were killed while outside their trailer in the extreme western part of Lawrence County and a third person was killed while inside a house near Deerfield. Thirty-four houses, 16 mobile homes and one business were destroyed. Ninety-eight houses, three mobile homes and two other buildings were damaged. The tornado pulled corn stalks that were two feet tall out fo the ground and destroyed 6 TVA steel high-tension-wire towers. Three of these towers were never found. A cancelled check from Etheridge was found in Cannon County, some 90 miles away. Seventy-five to 100 people were evacuated in Ethridge because of downed power lines. (F48H,M65H,M67H)
35.01967-10-24334°40'N / 87°40'W34°44'N / 87°27'W13.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Colbert
36.01965-03-17334°45'N / 87°40'W34°50'N / 87°30'W11.00 Miles33 Yards022250K0Colbert
36.01988-06-18235°05'N / 86°27'W35°00'N / 86°21'W7.00 Miles73 Yards0025K0Lincoln
36.21966-11-10234°14'N / 86°56'W34°17'N / 86°49'W7.60 Miles33 Yards01250K0Cullman
36.21974-04-03435°00'N / 86°30'W35°07'N / 86°19'W13.10 Miles800 Yards61002.5M0Lincoln
36.51985-04-05334°16'N / 86°45'W34°18'N / 86°42'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Cullman
36.61992-11-22234°32'N / 86°24'W34°36'N / 86°19'W6.00 Miles100 Yards052.5M0Madison
37.01964-04-07234°15'N / 86°45'W34°16'N / 86°50'W5.10 Miles50 Yards00250K0Cullman
37.21963-03-11235°07'N / 87°36'W35°12'N / 87°14'W21.40 Miles100 Yards010K0Lawrence
37.51961-03-07334°15'N / 86°44'W34°20'N / 86°35'W10.40 Miles200 Yards00250K0Cullman
37.61961-03-07334°20'N / 86°35'W34°24'N / 86°27'W8.90 Miles200 Yards08250K0Marshall
37.81974-04-03435°00'N / 86°26'W35°07'N / 86°19'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Lincoln
38.11973-05-27235°00'N / 86°20'W00250K0Lincoln
38.11953-03-22234°51'N / 87°37'W1.00 Mile200 Yards003K0Lauderdale
38.21965-03-17235°14'N / 87°20'W2.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Lawrence
38.21972-04-21335°08'N / 87°32'W35°17'N / 87°13'W20.60 Miles200 Yards06250K0Lawrence
38.31952-02-13335°13'N / 86°36'W35°13'N / 86°28'W7.40 Miles350 Yards02250K0Lincoln
38.51985-08-16335°14'N / 87°01'W35°26'N / 87°01'W12.00 Miles500 Yards01250K0Giles
38.91973-05-27234°18'N / 86°37'W34°35'N / 86°11'W31.50 Miles500 Yards03250K0Marshall
39.01972-04-21335°17'N / 87°13'W35°22'N / 87°02'W11.70 Miles200 Yards040K0Giles
39.11959-01-21234°15'N / 86°42'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Cullman
39.21975-02-23234°13'N / 87°03'W2.00 Miles200 Yards01250K0Cullman
39.41957-04-08334°27'N / 86°25'W34°28'N / 86°20'W5.20 Miles200 Yards000K0Marshall
39.81974-04-03334°48'N / 86°19'W34°51'N / 86°11'W8.30 Miles700 Yards042.5M0Jackson
39.82003-05-05335°16'N / 86°35'W35°16'N / 86°34'W1.60 Miles700 Yards0250K0Lincoln
 Brief Description: The Oak Hill Baptist Church on Wiley Hollow Road was heavily damaged. The church was established in 1883. The nearby residence of the pastor had major roof damage. One of the parishioners was going to take shelter at the church. The tornado carried his truck over the roof of the church and crashed it on top of a nearby tree and utility pole. Also, a frame home on U.S Highway 231 was completely leveled in Belleville and the debris was burned on the spot. There were 2 injuries. One was due to a tree falling on a truck.
39.91965-02-11234°50'N / 87°39'W0025K0Colbert
40.12008-04-11335°19'N / 87°12'W35°21'N / 87°07'W5.00 Miles100 Yards001.0M0KGiles
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A low end EF3 tornado hit northwest Giles County near Liberty Hill. This was part of the same storm complex that hit Lawrence County. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. Many homes had roof damage. The hardest hit area was along Rhea Branch Rd. One residential home was completely leveled. Major damage occurred to the back of the Liberty Hill Baptist Church. A newspaper article stated that 8 homes were completely destroyed, and 30 other homes had serious damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: There were six confirmed tornadoes on April 11, 2008. Large hail and straight line winds were also reported.
40.11985-08-16234°39'N / 87°38'W34°45'N / 87°40'W8.00 Miles100 Yards02250K0Colbert
40.21964-03-09334°30'N / 87°40'W34°36'N / 87°32'W10.40 Miles33 Yards01250K0Franklin
40.41985-08-16334°04'N / 86°50'W34°21'N / 86°45'W18.00 Miles100 Yards062.5M0Cullman
40.61976-03-20334°13'N / 86°44'W34°16'N / 86°35'W9.30 Miles100 Yards0172.5M0Cullman
40.71986-03-12234°19'N / 86°30'W34°23'N / 86°25'W6.00 Miles200 Yards052.5M0Marshall
40.71982-01-03234°13'N / 86°44'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Cullman
40.81957-04-08334°18'N / 86°36'W34°23'N / 86°20'W16.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cullman
40.81996-04-20235°23'N / 86°55'W35°21'N / 86°51'W1.50 Miles440 Yards0000Marshall
40.82008-04-11335°16'N / 87°24'W35°19'N / 87°13'W10.00 Miles100 Yards013.0M0KLawrence
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Many homes had roof damage especially on Coffee McGee Rd. An outbuilding was damaged on Crawfish Rd. Trees and utility poles were down along U.S. Highway 64 or Waynesboro Highway. Trees were down in Mt. Ararat Cemetery. The worst damage was a downed TVA electrical transmission tower east of U.S. Highway 43 on Hagan Rd. Metal debris was flung up and got stuck about a hundred feet above the ground in an electrical transmission tower. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. Newspaper article stated 56 homes had damage, with 12 homes being complete losses, and there were mainly mobile homes having comp;lete; There was one minor injury. EPISODE NARRATIVE: There were six confirmed tornadoes on April 11, 2008. Large hail and straight line winds were also reported.
40.91972-06-27234°19'N / 86°30'W0.30 Mile40 Yards0225K0Marshall
41.01982-01-03234°21'N / 86°27'W2.50 Miles100 Yards0125K0Marshall
41.31986-03-12234°18'N / 86°30'W34°19'N / 86°30'W1.00 Mile200 Yards002.5M0Cullman
41.61985-08-16235°20'N / 87°03'W35°25'N / 87°03'W5.00 Miles60 Yards003K0Giles
41.61988-01-19334°07'N / 86°54'W34°15'N / 86°46'W10.00 Miles440 Yards03525.0M0Cullman
41.71967-10-24334°48'N / 87°47'W34°51'N / 87°35'W11.90 Miles100 Yards01250K0Lauderdale
42.21997-05-02235°01'N / 86°16'W35°00'N / 86°15'W0.90 Mile150 Yards0060K100KFranklin
 Brief Description: A half dozen farm related buildings sustained damage. About 100 big trees were blown down in an apple orchard on White Gap Road. The trees were lying in different directions.
42.31963-03-11235°15'N / 87°26'W35°20'N / 87°17'W10.30 Miles300 Yards01250K0Lawrence
42.41996-04-20235°23'N / 87°14'W35°23'N / 86°55'W1.00 Mile440 Yards0000Giles
42.41951-11-15234°12'N / 86°42'W023K0Cullman
42.51957-12-19234°36'N / 87°40'W0725K0Colbert
42.81983-11-15334°06'N / 86°52'W34°16'N / 86°37'W17.00 Miles200 Yards0192.5M0Cullman
42.91953-02-20334°42'N / 87°42'W0.10 Mile20 Yards1825K0Colbert
44.01964-03-25334°10'N / 87°16'W34°12'N / 87°11'W5.40 Miles267 Yards07250K0Winston
44.51996-09-28234°30'N / 86°15'W34°32'N / 86°13'W2.50 Miles80 Yards00300K50KMarshall
 Brief Description: Around 1:50 am CDT a small but briefly strong tornado struck in northern Marshall County just southeast and east of Grant. The tornado path began about 2.5 miles south-southeast of Grant just off County Road 503 and extended in a northeastward direction for 2.5 miles. The damage path ended 3 miles east of Grant and just south of County Road 34. Total path length was 2.5 miles. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency reported that four houses were destroyed and five homes and four house trailers sustained damage. Six greenhouses were also totally wrecked. Fortunately, many of the destroyed houses were unoccupied at the time of the tornado with occupants away for the weekend.
45.11996-11-07235°03'N / 86°18'W35°08'N / 86°12'W7.90 Miles175 Yards01500K10KFranklin
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed one home and six mobile homes, damaged close to a dozen other homes and mobile homes, and heavily damaged numerous farm buildings and storage sheds during its trek through Franklin county. Storm damage was estimated to be about 1/2 million dollars. The tornado stayed generally south of U.S. Route 64. The tornado first touched down west of Huntland on McClure Cemetery Road where it destroyed a mobile home and damaged two other homes. The tornado continued east and destroyed 2 mobile homes and a storage building on Indian Creek Road. The tornado continued east and crossed Main Street in Huntland and destroyed a large hay barn. The tornado treked northeast to Old Salem and took the roof off the Old Salem Church of Christ on Bean Creek Rd. The most extensive damage was in Maxwell. 2 moble homes were destroyed. One of these mobile homes were lifted off its moorings and thrown 40 feet and then hit a tree. The occupant of the mobile home sustained a broken nose, multiple cuts and bruises. The tornado continued northeast to Belvidere where it destroyed some farm buildings. The tornado went up into the clouds, but reappeared in Decherd where it damaged a home. The tornado went back up into the clouds, but touched down briefly at Oak Grove, where it did some damage and again at Alto. The tornado destroyed a house at Alto on Rutledge Hill Rd. There were numerous trees and power lines down along the track of the tornado. Path length and width of the tornado are approximations.
45.71988-11-04334°35'N / 88°05'W34°44'N / 87°24'W45.00 Miles200 Yards0162.5M0Colbert
45.81995-02-16334°15'N / 86°35'W34°16'N / 86°19'W14.00 Miles10 Yards61305.0M5KCullman And Marshall
 Brief Description: A tornado began in the extreme northeast part of Cullman County about three miles west of Joppa in a rural area. The tornado travelled east-northeast through Joppa and across Alabama Highway 69 crossing into Marshall County just southwest of Arab at 5:06 am CST. Continuing on an east-northeast track, the tornado crossed the southern side of Arab crossing U.S. Highway 231 at 5:08 am. The tornado moved into increasing rugged terrain as it moved east of Arab, dissipating at the Browns Creek section of Guntersville Lake just north of the Diamond community. Six people were killed in the tornado, five in Marshall County and one in Cullman County. One death occurred in a house and the rest in mobile homes. There were 130 injuries though it is impossible to specify how many occurred in each county. The Joppa area of Cullman County and the Arab area of Marshall County were the most heavily populated areas affected by the tornado with some of the worst damage occurring in these areas. Officials reported that 77 dwellings and six businesses were destroyed in Cullman County while 80 dwellings and six businesses were destroyed in Marshall County. In the city of Arab, there were 30 to 35 homes destroyed or heavily damaged along with 30 to 35 mobile homes. A pregnant woman severely injured in her mobile home in the tornado was sent into labor early, but the baby died at birth. F04H, M49M, M36M, F70M, F88M, M0M
46.11970-06-21234°06'N / 86°52'W34°08'N / 86°49'W3.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cullman
46.31974-04-03433°57'N / 87°08'W34°16'N / 86°42'W33.00 Miles500 Yards13625.0M0Cullman
46.51963-03-11235°06'N / 87°44'W35°07'N / 87°36'W7.70 Miles100 Yards04250K0Wayne
46.71998-04-16535°16'N / 87°35'W35°26'N / 87°12'W22.70 Miles1760 Yards0214.0M0Lawrence
 Brief Description: Many fine homes, some even brick, were completely leveled. Trees were uprooted or blown down, power lines were down, 75 utility poles were blown down around the county. People who were at their homes went to the basement, or in a closet, or in a bathroom. The EMA report of a one ton Dodge flatbed truck, which weighs almost 5000 pounds, being hurled 20 miles, could not be confirmed. Therefore this account should be discounted. However, the EMA director verfied a sedan being carried 1/2 mile. A tree was debarked by the flying debris. A 200 yard wide path of pasture land had grass pulled out. Clumps of dirt was pulled up from the ground. Several livestock was killed.
46.71998-04-16435°25'N / 87°13'W35°27'N / 87°06'W6.90 Miles800 Yards011.0M0Giles
 Brief Description: The most extensive damage was north of Yokley. There were downed trees and power lines, a ruptured gas tank, cars overturned, and homes damaged. 5 homes and 8 mobile homes were destroyed in Giles county.
47.01996-04-20235°26'N / 87°18'W35°23'N / 87°14'W1.00 Mile440 Yards0000Lawrence
47.21952-02-13435°12'N / 86°18'W35°12'N / 86°17'W1.30 Miles100 Yards09250K0Moore
47.71971-02-04334°18'N / 87°40'W34°23'N / 87°32'W9.60 Miles750 Yards1125K0Franklin
47.81974-04-03234°20'N / 87°44'W34°25'N / 87°32'W12.80 Miles350 Yards040K0Franklin
48.02007-03-01234°04'N / 87°15'W34°09'N / 87°06'W9.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0KWinston
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of County Road 41 and County Road 62, about 2 miles north of Arley. It then tracked northeastward, crossed Smith Lake, crossed County Road 77, before it moved into Cullman County. Several homes and barns were damaged along the path. One chicken house was totally destroyed and two others sustained major damage. Numerous trees were either uprooted or snapped off. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful spring storm system brought an outbreak of tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail to Central Alabama.
48.22009-04-10334°29'N / 86°15'W34°30'N / 86°06'W9.00 Miles440 Yards050K0KMarshall
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down approximately 2.5 miles south southeast of Grant along Campbell Mill Road. A few houses sustained minor roof damage on the southeast side of Grant. At least two mobile homes sustained major damage from falling trees. The tornado continued east crossing Old Union Road, Columbus City Road, and Cardessa Lane before descending into the Tennessee River Valley. The tornado crossed Highway 79 at approximately 307 PM CDT at the Baker Mountain Road intersection. At this point the damage path width was just below a half of a mile wide. One woman was injured when a tree fell on her car near the Waterfront Grocery store. Several houses sustained substantial damage on the east side of Highway 79 and many trees were snapped and uprooted. The roof was blown off of one home and a brick wall collapsed. The tornado crossed a small inlet onto the south side of Preston Island, wiping out several boat docks and boat houses. Several homes sustained significant damage on the island from falling trees. At least two wood homes had complete roof collapse and partial wall collapse. The tornado crossed Lake Guntersville into the South Sauty community. At least one person was injured in this area when he was caught outside during the tornado. At this point, the damage path width increased to at least a half a mile wide. Several well built homes were damaged by falling trees along Memonminee Road. At least 20 boat houses were destroyed in the community. Along Chilcotin Road a well constructed two story brick house lost its roof. Also falling trees damaged several camper trailers. One trailer was blown into Lake Guntersville. Thousands of trees were uprooted or snapped along the path of the tornado in Marshall county. The tornado crossed the CR 67 causeway and very shortly after moved into Jackson county. On CR 67, tornadic winds damaged the shoulder of the roadway as it crossed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm moving across the Mississipi Valley brought a dry line and cold front into north Alabama during the afternoon and early evening hours. Several classic supercell thunderstorms developed by early afternoon in northwest Alabama, sweeping across the remainder of north Alabama during mid to late afternoon hours. Many of the storms produced very large hail, up to baseball and softball sized, producing significant damage, especially from Decatur through Madison and northwest Huntsville. One of the supercells produced a long track tornado producing damage of up to EF-3 intensity which struck northeastern Marshall County, crossed Lake Guntersville, and moved into southern DeKalb County.
48.41951-11-15234°50'N / 87°48'W1.50 Miles177 Yards063K0Lauderdale
48.71998-04-16335°25'N / 87°04'W35°33'N / 86°54'W16.80 Miles800 Yards084.0M0Maury
 Brief Description: The heaviest damage was in the Culleola-Tice Town area. An 18 wheeler was blown over. Many homes were damaged, trees and power lines were down. Several trailers were destroyed or damaged.
48.91987-05-21234°10'N / 87°23'W0.30 Mile150 Yards1025K0Winston
49.11963-03-11234°15'N / 87°37'W34°18'N / 87°30'W7.60 Miles333 Yards000K0Winston
49.11974-04-03534°09'N / 87°38'W34°18'N / 87°21'W19.20 Miles500 Yards5220K0Winston
49.11977-04-04234°04'N / 86°46'W34°07'N / 86°41'W5.90 Miles200 Yards0325K0Cullman
49.21975-02-23234°04'N / 87°00'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Walker
49.41989-02-20234°15'N / 87°36'W34°18'N / 87°32'W5.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Winston
49.42002-11-10333°59'N / 87°07'W34°09'N / 86°36'W30.90 Miles1175 Yards081.3M0KCullman
 Brief Description: The Saragossa Tornado was the fourth tornado to occur in Alabama and the longest track of the severe weather episode. It began in Fayette County, just east of the Sipsey River about 6 miles north-northeast of the city of Fayette at 8:15 pm. The tornado moved northeast, crossing portions of State Routes 102 and 13, and then SR 102 again around Stoddards Crossroads. The tornado crossed into Walker County at 8:34 pm and traveled through sparsely populated areas of western Walker County. It crossed the interchange of US Highway 78 about 5.5 miles east-southeast of Carbon Hill, and became very strong as it traveled through the Saragossa area. It crossed State Roads 5, 195, and 257, before entering Winston County. The tornado appeared to be at its most intense during the travel from US 78/SR 118 interchange across Saragossa and the areas near SR 5 and SR 195. Seven deaths occurred in this 10 mile stretch of the tornado track, along with an estimated 40 injuries. At 9:03 pm the tornado crossed the extreme southeastern tip of Winston County, crossing a part of Smith Lake. The tornado entered Cullman County at 9:08 pm, moving across portions of Smith Lake and across CR 222. Tornado intensity remained high during the first several miles after it entered Cullman County. Continuing northeast, it crossed Interstate 65 and US 31 just south of Cullman on the southside of the Cullman Golf Course. The tornado seemed to be significantly less intense as it continued to travel northeasterly toward Holly Pond. Damage from just east of US 31 to just south of Holly Pond was not nearly as intense as it was west of Interstate 65. Traveling through mostly rural areas downing trees and powerlines, and damaging scattered structures along the way, the tornado finally ended just south-southeast of Holly Pond at 9:52 pm, This was the longest tornado of the outbreak, with a path length of 72.6 miles and a width of 1100 yards. It was the second F3 tornado of the day. Seven deaths were reported with the storm, all in Walker County, along with an estimated 45 injuries. Structural damage details are difficult to report since reporting is based primarily on county and not by individual tornadoes. Based on EMA and Red Cross data, structures damaged or destroyed were approximately 20 in Fayette County, 300 in Walker County, 5 in Winston County, and 164 in Cullman County. This is also one of the longest tornadoes tracks in recent history. At 72.6 miles in length, this becomes the fourth longest tornado in Alabama since 1950. Beg: 33 45.072/87 45.991 End: 34 09.775/86 36.403

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