Shoal Creek/Ohatchee Tornado Likely an EF4 or EF5

| April 30, 2011 @ 8:05 am | 3 Replies


Confirming our hunch, the NWS reports that it appears that the Tuscaloosa – Birmingham tornado did lift up northeast of the City of Birmingham, potentially sparing communities like Center Point, Pinson and Chalkville. They still will do further investigation to confirm this.

It touched down again north of I-59, between Deerfoot Parkway and Advent Circle and moved northeast. It caused light damage until it got to northeast of Odenville. Damage along Shoal Creek Road was extensive. The tornado crossed Neely Henry Lake and became violent north of Ohatchee (see the impressive video from spotter Lisa Spinks on the blog).

The tornado moved across northern Calhoun County, briefly edged into southern Etowah County, then moved into Cherokee County before moving into Georgia. It was on the ground for 72 miles before moving into Georgia. The survey team reports that it is likely an EF4 or EF5. A final determination will be forthcoming. Numerous fatalities and injuries were caused by this tornado.

The Weather Service also has added information on Tornado #6, the Wateroak Tornado, that moved from extreme eastern Hale County into Bibb County.

Category: Severe Weather

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