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Eight tornadoes confirmed in north-central, west Alabama

Posted on: May 13, 2009

Stelter/Birmingham News – B.J. Sandlin of Maloy Automotive in Jasper was in the front office when a funnel cloud passed low over the business Wednesday morning. He estimated it was about 150 feet off the ground. He and a colleague ran out of the front offices just before the windows blew in.
At least eight tornadoes passed through north-central and west Alabama on Wednesday, National Weather Service storm survey teams confirmed today.

Three of those were in Walker County, including an EF-0 tornado with winds of 70 to 80 mph in Jasper. It damaged five buildings, including a Colonial Bank drive-through, and totaled 40 cars at two car dealerships. Numerous trees were uprooted.

In the Cordova community of Walker County, an EF-1 tornado brought 90 mph winds and left a path of damage 1 mile long and 300 yards wide. It snapped or uprooted several trees and damaged at least 15 homes. One tree damaged some train cars.

A third tornado, which swept Powellville with 85 mph winds, downed trees, destroyed a carport and carried a trampoline 200 yards.

Storm survey teams also confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in both Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties, plus another in Blount County.

The EF-0 Blount County tornado, with 70-80 mph winds, uprooted several trees, but caused little, if any, structural damage.

The strongest tornado of the day was a twister with 115 mph winds in Madison, according to the Huntsville office of the NWS.

That tornado downed trees, split a mobile home in half, and damaged the roofs and windows of other homes along a 10-mile path.

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