Deadly Alabama tornado down 80 miles

We learned more about the deadly and destructive long-track tornado that killed seven people and injured over a dozen others in Autauga County on January 12. The tornado was classified as an EF-3 by the National Weather Service. Peak winds were estimated to have reached 150 miles per hour based on the damage noted and the integrity of the structures affected. The tornado’s maximum width was estimated at 1,500 yards. That’s fifteen football pitches wide! Storm investigations confirmed the tornado was continuously on the ground for just over 82 miles! Coincidentally, the route began just west of US Highway 82 in central Autauga County. The violent tornado crossed I-65 before entering northeast Autauga County. From there the line traversed northwest Elmore County. In addition, the tornado moved into southern Coosa County. Added EF-3 damage was spotted here west of Equality. The intense tornado also swept through Tallapoosa County before eventually clearing in Chambers County in eastern Alabama. This makes the tornado the sixth-longest tracking tornado in state history. This tornado was the strongest of nearly a dozen tornadoes that struck Alabama on January 12, 2023. You can read more about the entire tornado outbreak in central Alabama here.

We learned more about the deadly and destructive long-range tornado that killed seven people and injured over a dozen others in Autauga County on January 12.

The tornado was rated an EF-3 by the National Weather Service. Peak winds were estimated to have reached 150 miles per hour based on the damage noted and the integrity of the structures affected. The tornado’s maximum width was estimated at 1,500 yards. That’s fifteen football pitches wide!

Storm investigations confirmed the tornado was continuously on the ground for just over 82 miles! Coincidentally, the route began just west of US Highway 82 in central Autauga County. The violent tornado crossed I-65 before entering northeast Autauga County. From there the line traversed northwest Elmore County. In addition, the tornado moved into southern Coosa County. Added EF-3 damage was spotted here west of Equality. The intense tornado also swept through Tallapoosa County before eventually clearing in Chambers County in eastern Alabama. This makes the tornado the sixth-longest tracking tornado in state history.

This tornado was the strongest of nearly a dozen tornadoes that struck Alabama on January 12, 2023.

You can read more about the entire tornado outbreak in central Alabama here.

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