Tomorrow will mark the 12 year anniversary of a fall tornado outbreak in our state. The National Weather Service issued 58 tornado warnings for 33 counties.Two of the larger tornadoes in our area included an F-3 that impacted Fayette and Carbon Hill and an F4 in Blount/Etowah counties.
The F-3 first produced damage in Lamar county and then traveled northeast into Fayette County. Damage occurred in the western and northern portion of Fayette. At one point this tornado was 300 yards wide and traveled 38.2 miles. Two people were killed in a home just southwest of Kennedy. The top picture is a home that was damaged by the tornado in Kennedy (southern Lamar County).
The F-4 tornado first touched down southeast of Oneonta and crossed highway 231. The tornado lifted northeast along Straight Mountain and moved into Altoona. The damage survey revealed a home was destroyed as the twister crossed highway 231. Trees were snapped off at ground level as this tornado crossed between Robbins Lake and Airport Road. Two tandem wheeled dump trucks were flipped over and moved approximately 30 yards. A large bulldozer was moved 5 feet!
(Picture/Data Source: National Weather Service, Birmingham)
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt