Feb. 29th Tornado Traveled Over 7 Miles
March 9, 2012 Share

Feb. 29th Tornado Traveled Over 7 Miles

The latest report by Severe Weather Expert & Meteorologist Joe Sullivan says last week’s tornado reached winds of 130 m.p.h. and was on the ground for 7.2 miles, quite a distance longer than a preliminary estimate of just over four miles. The average “path width” of the tornado was 150 yards with 250 yards being its widest.

According to Sullivan’s report, only tree damage and minor “small outbuilding” damage occurred to the west of U.S. 127 in Russell County. The bulk of the EF2 damage was in a 1.5 mile long stretch of the damage path from Highway 76, east over Oak Grove Road to Pattie Ridge Road.

On Highway 76….two mobile homes were totally destroyed and a modular home rotated 30-80 feet counter-clockwise off its foundation with one-quarter of the home blown away. Two residents survived in an underground tornado shelter, where they took refuge, after hearing of the warning via sirens and phone calls 3 to 5 minutes before the tornado destroyed their homes.

Residents were not home at the time of the tornado at the other homes destroyed along its path.

Damage estimates have climbed to between $250,000 and $500,000.