Update: NWS now confirms 4 Easter Sunday tornadoes in Cullman County

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An EF-1 tornado knocked down a large number of trees along Interstate 65 near Good Hope, on its way to Johnson’s Crossing. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service (NWS) Huntsville this week posted the preliminary results of its damage survey of the Easter storms which occurred April 12, 2020. The agency initially reported three tornadoes touched down in Cullman County. It now says there were four: 

  • An EF-1 in the Cold Springs community
  • An EF-1 from near Good Hope to Johnson’s Crossing
  • An EF-2 in the Walter community
  • An EF-1 in the Welti community 

 

Cold Springs Tornado

  • Rating:                 EF1
  • Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
  • Path Length /statute/:  2.97 miles
  • Path Width /maximum/:   200.0 yards
  • Fatalities:             0
  • Injuries:               0
  • Start Date:             04/12/2020
  • Start Time:             08:51 PM CDT
  • Start Location:         5 E Wilson Bend / Cullman County / AL
  • Start Lat/Lon:          33.9984 / -87.0368
  • End Date:               04/12/2020
  • End Time:               08:56 PM CDT
  • End Location:           7 NW Colony / Cullman County / AL
  • End Lat/Lon:            34.0169 / -86.9902

Summary: The tornado touched down just southwest of County Road 94 near Coon Creek. It moved along a northeasterly track, uprooting several trees. As it crossed County Road 107 several chicken houses were completely destroyed and dozens of trees were uprooted. It continued to the northeast, snapping or uprooting trees and damaging a shed along County Road 108. After crossing County Road 108 and snapping or uprooting several more trees, the tornado lifted just southwest of County Road 222.

Johnson’s Crossing Tornado

  • Rating:                 EF1
  • Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
  • Path Length /statute/:  5.42 miles
  • Path Width /maximum/:   300.0 yards
  • Fatalities:             0
  • Injuries:               0
  • Start Date:             04/12/2020
  • Start Time:             09:00 PM CDT
  • Start Location:         2 S Good Hope / Cullman County / AL
  • Start Lat/Lon:          34.0736 / -86.8747
  • End Date:               04/12/2020
  • End Time:               09:09 PM CDT
  • End Location:           2 NW Hanceville / Cullman County / AL
  • End Lat/Lon:            34.0937 / -86.7835

Summary: The tornado touched down just west of Beech Grove Road just south of Good Hope before crossing Interstate 65 near mile marker 302 where dozens of trees were snapped or uprooted. The

tornado continued on an east-northeast track crossing County Road 490 and County Road 573 uprooting dozens more trees. As the tornado neared Highway 31 along Day Gap Road, it intensified and removed the roof from a single wide trailer and caused more concentrated tree damage. The tornado crossed Highway 31 and continued to the east-northeast causing damage to a gas station and uprooting or snapping several more trees. The tornado lifted just east of County Road 599.

Walter Tornado

  • Rating:                 EF2
  • Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph
  • Path Length /statute/:  2.5 miles
  • Path Width /maximum/:   350.0 yards
  • Fatalities:             0
  • Injuries:               0
  • Start Date:             04/12/2020
  • Start Time:             09:12 PM CDT
  • Start Location:         5 NW Chamblees Mill / Cullman County / AL
  • Start Lat/Lon:          34.1239 / -86.7087
  • End Date:               04/12/2020
  • End Time:               09:16 PM CDT
  • End Location:           4 SW Holly Pond / Cullman County / AL
  • End Lat/Lon:            34.1337 / -86.6669

Summary: The tornado touched down just east of County Road 640 near the Duck River and moved to the northeast. Along its path, it uprooted numerous trees and removed the metal roofing on a chicken house as it moved across County Road 645. The tornado intensified as it crossed County Road 703 and removed the roof of a home. Another home along County Road 781 had its roof removed. The tornado continued briefly to the northeast, uprooting more trees and removing the metal roofing of a barn. The tornado lifted just east of County Road 771 near Buzzard Branch.

Welti Tornado

  • Rating:                 EF1
  • Estimated Peak Wind:    89 mph
  • Path Length /statute/:  0.35 miles
  • Path Width /maximum/:   70.0 yards
  • Fatalities:             0
  • Injuries:               0
  • Start Date:             04/12/2020
  • Start Time:             09:11 PM CDT
  • Start Location:         5 NNE Hanceville / Cullman County / AL
  • Start Lat/Lon:          34.1329 / -86.7377
  • End Date:               04/12/2020
  • End Time:               09:12 PM CDT
  • End Location:           5 NNE Hanceville / Cullman County / AL
  • End Lat/Lon:            34.1297 / -86.733

Summary: A brief tornado touched down near the junction of County Road 749 and County Road 747 just south of the Welti community. The tornado moved to the southeast where it uprooted several trees and destroyed a small shed. It cross 747 and uprooted a few more trees before lifting east of 747 near Glasscock Creek.

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An EF-2 tornado removed the roof from this chicken house near County Road 703 in North Walter. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)
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