National Weather Service Confirms An EF-1 Tornado in Rainsville

The Huntsville, Alabama National Weather Service surveyed damage in Rainsville, Al. from Wednesday, December 29, 2021 storms and determined that an EF-1 Tornado touched down causing damage in a 6 mile path. The Tornado had estimated maximum winds of 104 mph.

The Tornado initially touched down near the Powell Community, just east of County Road 120, and moved in an easterly direction causing damage along its 6 mile path and causing damage to BlueScope Steel, before lifting just west of Highway 75.

See full NWS report below.


NOUS44 KHUN 302221



Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

421 PM CST Thu Dec 30 2021


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    104 mph

Path Length /statute/:  6.025 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   285.0 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0

Start Date:             12/29/2021

Start Time:             08:21 PM CST

Start Location:         3 WSW Powell / DeKalb County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.5167 / -85.9429

End Date:               12/29/2021

End Time:               08:29 PM CST

End Location:           1 NNE Rainsville / DeKalb County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.5115 / -85.8375

Survey Summary:

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in the

Powell community and determined the damage to be from a tornado,

with maximum winds of 104 mph. The tornado touched down just east

of County Road 120, where a small outbuilding was destroyed. The

tornado moved in an easterly direction, uprooting several trees

as it crossed S. Broad Street. As the tornado neared Kirk Road

SW, it intensified to its highest strength, snapping or uprooting

dozens of trees and causing minor roof damage to several homes.

The tornado continued to the east, uprooting more trees along its

path as it crossed Highway 35. It began to weaken as it neared

Rainbow Road, uprooting a few more trees and destroying a couple

of carports. The tornado eventually crossed Church Street where

roof damage occurred at BlueScope Steel, before lifting just west

of Highway 75.

Special thanks to the Dekalb County EMA and Dekalb County

Sheriffs Office for their assistance with this survey.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:

EF0…Weak……65 to 85 mph

EF1…Weak……86 to 110 mph

EF2…Strong….111 to 135 mph

EF3…Strong….136 to 165 mph

EF4…Violent…166 to 200 mph

EF5…Violent…>200 mph


The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to

change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS

Storm Data.