Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF4
-- Length 14 Miles
-- Width 880 Yards
State ALABAMA
County/Area LAWRENCE
WFO HUN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-02-06 03:02:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 2ENE LEOLA
Begin Lat/Lon 34.4/-87.29
End Date 2008-02-06 03:20:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3SSE CADDO
End Lat/Lon 34.53/-87.11
Deaths Direct/Indirect 4/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 23/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative The WFO Huntsville County Warning Area experienced the worst tornado outbreak in 19 years on February 6, 2008. While the number of observed tornadoes was low (4), the area experienced two EF-4 tornadoes, the first time the area has witnessed more than one devastating tornado on the same day since 1974.
This event was part of a large tornado outbreak which spanned both February 5th (Super Tuesday) and 6th (Wednesday). A series of tornadic supercell thunderstorms swept across the Mid-South and Southeast states ahead of a potent cold front.
Event Narrative Representatives from the National Weather Service and the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency conducted a storm survey of damage that occurred in Lawrence County, Alabama early in the morning of February 6, 2008.
The damage was determined to originate from a strong tornado, which at its peak had winds of approximately 170 MPH, giving it a rating of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Based on reports and an aerial survey conducted by the Lawrence County EMA, the tornado is believed to have originally touched down near the Pinhook community in south-central Lawrence County (just north of the Bankhead National Forest) around 3:02 AM CST. The tornado remained on the ground for approximately 16.7 miles; the first 14 miles of the track occurred in Lawrence County, tracking through the Aldridge Grove, Fairfield, Five Points, Midway, and Caddo communities. The tornado exited Lawrence County about 3 miles south southeast of Caddo around 3:20 AM CST.
The most significant damage occurred in two main areas. The first occurred just south of the Pinhook community, near the intersection of County Road 92 and 188. The second occurred north of Aldridge Grove near the intersection of County Road 94 and 183, where three fatalities occurred. Numerous homes received significant structural damage, including a 2300 square foot/2-story brick house that was nearly leveled off its foundation. Large trees, with diameters up to 4 feet, were completely snapped, with many uprooted. Fence posts embedded in concrete were ripped out of the ground and vaulted 50 to 100 feet in several different directions. A truck was thrown over a distance of more than 100 yards into an open field.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 40 Male Permanent Home
Death 49 Female Permanent Home
Death 19 Male Permanent Home
Death 86 Female Mobile/Trailer Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 5 35 28.00K 0.00K
LEOLA LAWRENCE CO. AL 02/06/2008 03:02 CST-6 Tornado EF4 4 23 0.00K 0.00K
PUMPKIN CENTER MORGAN CO. AL 02/06/2008 03:20 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TANNER LIMESTONE CO. AL 02/06/2008 03:30 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAPSHAW LIMESTONE CO. AL 02/06/2008 03:40 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELL FACTORY MADISON CO. AL 02/06/2008 04:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LORETTO CULLMAN CO. AL 02/06/2008 04:00 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GUNTERSVILLE MUNI AR MARSHALL CO. AL 02/06/2008 04:45 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PISGAH JACKSON CO. AL 02/06/2008 05:17 CST-6 Tornado EF4 1 12 0.00K 0.00K
GUNTERSVILLE MARSHALL CO. AL 02/06/2008 05:43 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
ARAB MARSHALL CO. AL 02/06/2008 06:34 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 27.00K 0.00K
ALBERTVILLE MARSHALL CO. AL 02/06/2008 06:39 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 5 35 28.00K 0.00K