Demopolis tornado rated EF-1

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The tornado that came through Demopolis on Christmas night had top winds of 100 miles per hour and stayed on the ground for almost six miles.

Crews from the National Weather Service in Birmingham were out Wednesday morning surveying the damage.

They determined the EF-1 tornado stayed on the ground for eight minutes and covered 5.9 miles. It was 500 yards across at its widest.

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The twister touched down at 5:54 p.m. west of U.S. 43 near Marengo Farms Road. It tracked northeast across U.S. 43, where it caused damage near Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Old Springhill Road and Reed Drive.

The storm continued northeast and produced damage along Sunset Road. The tornado then paralleled U.S. 80 before it lifted at 6:02 p.m. just before crossing into Hale County.

Hundreds of trees were either snapped or uprooted along the damage path.

Two mobile homes were destroyed and a few more sustained damage. A dozen site-built homes suffered roof damage and one church had partial roof damage.

The strongest winds occurred along Sunset Road.

No injuries were reported during the storm.