TITUS, AL (WSFA) - Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service indicate parts of Elmore, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Autauga and Dallas Counties were hit by a tornado during Thursday's storms.
According to Elmore County EMA Director Eric Jones, the majority of the storm damage was in the northern part of Elmore County near the Titus area. The heaviest hit area was in Coosa County.
Jones said the part of the tornado that went through Elmore County was classified as an EF-0. The Coosa County section of the tornado was an EF-1. The National Weather Service says the trail from the storm stretched 24.9 miles and was classified as an EF-1 due to the estimated 90-100 mph winds.
From the National Weather Service:
"A NON-CONTINUOUS TRACK TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM EF1 WINDS OF 90-100 MPH MOVED ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ELMORE...EASTERN COOSA...AND LIFTED JUST EAST OF THE TALLAPOOSA COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON GREY FERRY ROAD RESULTING IN 50 SNAPPED TREES. SPORADIC DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THE PATH WITH TWO DISTINCT AREAS REACHING EF1 STRENGTH. THE FIRST AREA OF EF1 DAMAGE OCCURED ON COUNTY ROAD 14 JUST EAST OF HWY 231 IN COOSA COUNTY. HERE HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED WITH A DAMAGE WIDTH OF 200 YARDS. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED ON A NORTHEAST TRACK CROSSING HWY 231 AND COUNTY ROAD 22. THIS IS WHERE THE TORNADO REACHED ITS MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 300 YARDS NEAR HISSOP IN COOSA COUNTY. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND REGAINED ITS EF1 STRENGTH ON COUNTY ROAD 89 NEAR HWY 280 IN KELLYTON. HERE A LARGE METAL BUILDING WAS DESTROYED AND A LARGE 100 YEAR OLD OAK WAS UPROOTED. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTHEAST OF HWY 280 ON HIX ROAD IN TALLAPOOSA COUNTY. TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS 24.9 MILES. ALONG ITS PATH, 1 BUILDING WAS DESTROYED AND 1 HOME WAS DAMAGED. IN TOTAL...APPROXIMATELY 400 TO 500 TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED IN TOTAL."
Reports also indicate an EF-0 tornado touched down northwest of Selma. That tornado had a 2.4 mile long damage path and reached winds up to 85 mph:
"THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES WEST OF SELMA ALONG COUNTY ROAD 306 WHERE MINOR TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED, ALONG WITH ROOF DAMAGE TO TWO MOBILE HOMES. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED FURTHER NORTHEAST TO GARDNER AND HARVILLE ROADS WHERE SEVERAL SOFT AND HARDWOOD TREES WERE DAMAGED OR SNAPPED. THERE WAS ALSO SOME STRUCTURE DAMAGE, WITH ONE OUTBUILDING DESTROYED AND ON ONE MOBILE HOME THAT WAS SHIFTED OFF OF THE FOUNDATION BLOCKS. THE TORNADO LIFTED SHORTLY AFTER NEAR RIVER RD, EVIDENCE BY SOME ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE."
And the storm that destroyed a mobile home in northern Autauga County was ruled an EF-0 tornado with a 10 mile long damage path and winds peaking at 85 mph: