Trucks tossed in ponds, homes ripped in two: NWS adds details about Feb. 3 tornadoes

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One supercell thunderstorm produced three EF-2 tornadoes last Thursday in Alabama, and one of them was deadly.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has put together a page on its website detailing that tornado and the four others that stuck Alabama on Feb. 3.

A slow-moving cold front kicked off a round of severe storms that day, and the weather service issued multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings. Significant flash flooding was also reported in eastern and southwest Alabama from the storms.

The webpage shows the tracks of all five tornadoes and includes details about where they hit and the damage they caused.

The most destructive and deadly of the storms was an EF-2 tornado that tracked through Greene and Hale counties. One person was killed and eight others were injured — several seriously, according to the weather service.

The preliminary storm survey report on the Forkland-Sawyerville tornado, which was released over the weekend, contains details about that powerful storm.

It was one of three tornadoes from a supercell thunderstorm that originated in Mississippi.

The tornado had winds of 135 mph at its peak intensity — the same wind speed as a Category 4 hurricane.

It was on the ground for 25.91 miles, starting in southern Greene County and tracking into northern Hale County.

At its strongest it was 1,700 yards wide — that’s more than a mile (1,760 yards).

It was on the ground from 1:38 p.m. CST Thursday until 2:16 p.m., a total of 38 minutes.

This tornado did considerable damage and killed one person. Eight others were injured, two seriously.

The tornado destroyed several mobile and manufactured homes.

One home was rolled over and onto a car.

Another mobile home was destroyed with people inside, leading to several injuries. Another was ripped into two pieces, with one half staying anchored to its foundation and the other half appearing to roll away, the weather service said.

And another double-wide manufactured home was pulled from its anchors and thrown about 50 yards down the road, killing one person and seriously injuring two others, according to the weather service.

The tornado tossed two pickup trucks into a pond and knocked over a fish truck, spilling fish across the road, the weather service said.

It also damaged several other homes and hundreds of trees along its path.

The same storm also produced an EF-2 tornado with 120 mph winds in Sumter County and another EF-2 with 125 mph winds that went through parts of Hale, Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties.

There were two additional tornadoes, both EF-0s, in Elmore County.

See the National Weather Service’s webpage on the event here.

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