Lawrence County Tornado Damage

| February 7, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | 11 Replies

Well, I hope I don’t fall asleep at the keyboard even though James Spann says that sleep is for sissies!!! But I did want to get some of the pictures I took during the Lawrence County tornado survey today posted. The tornado has been rated an EF4, though it comes in on the low end of the wind range with maximum wind around 170 mph. This was a tough one because many of the houses that were destroyed were simply not anchored. But there were a number of places where there enough evidence that the tornado achieved EF4 strength.

I continue to see new and startling things in all the destruction. You’d think that with over 40 years in the weather business that there wouldn’t be much new to see – but you would be wrong right along with me.

The pictures below all come from Lawrence County and from some of the worst damage areas since tornado rating are based on the highest level of destruction along the tornado path. A complete survey on this tornado can be found on the web site of the NWS Huntsville.

Special thanks to Tim Troutman, WCM at NWS Huntsville, for all the driving today and to Ed Weatherford, Communications Officer for Lawrence County EMA and former Moulton Police Chief, for his help in getting us into all the critical areas.

I’ve got more pictures from Hardin County, Tennessee, but those will just have to wait until tomorrow. By the way, the Harin County tornado was also classified an EF4.


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Brian Peters is one of the television meteorologists at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

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