Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 17.7 Miles
-- Width 1320 Yards
County/Area MARSHALL
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-04-24 21:05:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 0NW NIXON CHAPEL
Begin Lat/Lon 34.2035/-86.3858
End Date 2010-04-24 21:35:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3NNE MC VILLE
End Lat/Lon 34.3181/-86.1085
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 35/0
Property Damage 14.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Four damaging tornadoes tore tracks through north central and northeast Alabama during the evening and overnight hours of the 24th. These tornadoes were part of a larger regional tornado outbreak across the lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys. The tornadoes were associated with three separate long track supercell thunderstorms that thrived upon a very unstable and high shear environment. One of the longer track tornadoes tore through several successive communities with up to EF-3 strength in Marshall and DeKalb Counties, including the towns of Albertville, Geraldine and Pine Ridge, lifting just before reaching Fort Payne. A tornado from the same storm then touched down again in the Mentone area before crossing the Georgia state line. Another supercell produced yet another tornado southwest of Collinsville, tracking just a few miles south of the earlier damaging tornado. This tornado reached EF-4 strength when it completely leveled the McNutt United Methodist Church on County Road 55. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred with these particular tornadoes, but damages were severe.
In Marshall County, total costs from the tornado had exceeded $14 million, which included 1032 homes experiencing at least some damage, and 93 homes destroyed. In DeKalb County, damage losses were still being tallied. Debris removal costs alone have exceeded $3 million.
Event Narrative A long track EF-3 tornado produced severe damage in the towns of Albertville and Geraldine. The city of Albertville was especially hard hit with severe damage to numerous residences, Albertville High School and several large retail buildings. Extensive tree damage was also observed throughout the damage path. The tornado crossed into DeKalb County just east of County Road 372.


Event Map:

Note: The tornado track is approximate based on the beginning (B) and ending (E) locations. The actual tornado path may differ from a straight line.

All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 50 21.500M 0.00K
MIDWAY CULLMAN CO. AL 04/24/2010 17:57 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NIXON CHAPEL MARSHALL CO. AL 04/24/2010 21:05 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 35 14.000M 0.00K
RODGERS DEKALB CO. AL 04/24/2010 21:35 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 10 3.000M 0.00K
BANKHEAD DEKALB CO. AL 04/24/2010 22:25 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 0 1.500M 0.00K
RODENTOWN DEKALB CO. AL 04/24/2010 23:01 CST-6 Tornado EF4 0 5 3.000M 0.00K
Totals: 0 50 21.500M 0.00K