Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF4
-- Length 10.33 Miles
-- Width 500 Yards
State ALABAMA
County/Area COFFEE
WFO TAE
Begin Date 03/01/2007 13:08:00 CST-6
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth SW
Begin Location ENTERPRISE MUNI ARPT
Begin Lat/Lon 31.28/-85.92
End Date 03/01/2007 13:18:00 CST-6
End Range 6
End Azimuth NE
End Location ENTERPRISE
End Lat/Lon 31.38/-85.78
Deaths Direct/Indirect 9/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 50/0
Property Damage 250.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Severe thunderstorms developed ahead of a warm front over the Florida Panhandle and moved northeast across southeast Alabama and into extreme southwest Georgia during the afternoon hours of March 1. The strongest tornado, classified an EF-4, killed nine and injured 50 in Enterprise, Alabama.
Event Narrative A tornado touched down just southwest of the Enterprise Municipal Airport. It caused minor damage to some houses. Four chicken houses were destroyed. The tornado then traveled northeast and quickly intensified as it moved into the Enterprise city limits. It severely damaged the high school just north of the downtown. Eight students were killed as walls collapsed on them while they took shelter in the interior hallways. Fifty more were injured. The football stadium was destroyed. Many vehicles surrounding the schools were overturned or tossed about. Several state roads were impassible due to debris and fallen utility poles and lines. The ninth fatality occurred where an elderly woman was standing behind a living room window of her home as the glass shattered. A nearby elementary school was heavily damaged with no deaths or injuries reported there. Damage near the high school and in northeast Enterprise reached low end EF-4. Damage assessments indicated 239 homes destroyed, 374 homes with major damage, 529 homes with minor damage, and 251 homes affected. Coffee County was declared a federal disaster area, with preliminary FEMA individual assistance figures totalling over $1 million.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 16 Male School
Death 16 Male School
Death 17 Female School
Death 16 Female School
Death 17 Male School
Death 16 Female School
Death 16 Male School
Death 17 Male School
Death 83 Female Permanent Home


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 9 56 263.527M 0.00K
ENTERPRISE MUNI ARPT COFFEE CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:08 CST-6 Tornado EF4 9 50 250.000M 0.00K
OZARK DALE CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:15 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEWTON DALE CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:35 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ECHO DALE CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:48 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 4 2.500M 0.00K
ABBEVILLE HENRY CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:52 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 2 11.000M 0.00K
ABBEVILLE HENRY CO. AL 03/01/2007 13:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
ABBEVILLE HENRY CO. AL 03/01/2007 21:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 9 56 263.527M 0.00K