NWS Huntsville, Al. Reports A Tornado Touched Down in Dekalb County on March 31, 2021

The National Weather Service in Huntsville, Al. surveyed storm damage from March 31, 2021, 5 miles ESE of Sylvania, Al. and reported that an EF-1 Tornado touched down at 05:44 AM CDT. The Tornado had peak winds of 86 mph, the path length was 3.17 miles long, and a maximum path width of 50 yards. This Tornado impacted the Lakewood Community in Dekalb county.

Below is the official statement from the NWS:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL

330 PM CDT THU APR 1 2021

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/31/2021 TORNADO EVENT…

…LAKEWOOD TORNADO…

RATING:                 EF1

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    86 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.1651 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50.0 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             03/31/2021

START TIME:             05:44 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         5 ESE SYLVANIA / DEKALB COUNTY / AL

START LAT/LON:          34.5247 / -85.7278

END DATE:               03/31/2021

END TIME:               05:52 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           3 SW VALLEY HEAD / DEKALB COUNTY / AL

END LAT/LON:            34.524 / -85.6731

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 486 NEAR COUNTY

ROAD 603 WHERE A FEW LARGE LIMBS WERE BROKEN AND A HOUSE SUFFERED

MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. FROM THERE, THE TORNADO TRAVELED EASTWARD WHERE

A ROW OF CHICKEN HOUSES HAD PART OF THEIR ROOFS REMOVED. IN THIS

LOCATION, ALONG COUNTY ROAD 698, A WELL ANCHORED PORCH WAS REMOVED

FROM A MANUFACTURED HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS EASTWARD PATH

TOWARD COUNTY ROAD 952 WHERE THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED.

HERE, DOZENS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, AND ONE HOME SUSTAINED

MINOR DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF 68TH STREET NORTHWEST.   

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 200MPH

EF5…VIOLENT…>200MPH

NOTE:

THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO

CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN

NWS STORM DATA.

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