Monday, March 5, 2012

The Tornado Chronicles: Meridianville, AL Tornado (#2) of 3-2-12...

A second tornado struck the Meridianville, AL area on the morning of March 2, 2013. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) survey, this tornado touched down just South of the Meridianville/Madison County Executive Airport off of Meridianville Bottom Rd. at approximately 10:06 am CST.  It traveled approximately 7.3 miles to the East/Northeast before lifting at approximately 10:15 am CST in a cottonfield to the East of Winchester Road (yellow track line on the image below):

This tornado was rated EF-2 intensity with maximum winds estimated at 130 mph.  The maximum width of the damage path was 250 yards.

The following damage photos were taken by the NWS survey team:

Buckhorn High School

Buckhorn High School

Morning Mist Drive

Winchester Road (across from High School)

The tornado's maximum path width of 220 yards took place on Morning Mist Drive, then narrowed to 50-100 yards as it crossed Rube Robinson Road.

Another photo of some of the damage at the Buckhorn High School showed the concrete block soccer press box pretty well destroyed:

Students and teachers had taken cover in the hallways of the school and no one was seriously injured.  Numerous windows were blown out and there was extensive damage to the roof of the school.  Many cars in the parking lot were also either damaged or destroyed.

This was the shorter lived and weaker of two tornadoes that struck portions of Meridianville within an hour on the same day.  For details on the first tornado, please see this post.

If you are interested in this particular tornado event, please bookmark the post and check back for updated information, photos and videos in the coming days...

This tornado was just one of many associated with the outbreak that took place across the Midwest, Ohio and Tennessee Valley region on Friday, March 2, 2012.  Please see this post for a "Table of Contents" index listing of the other Tornado Chronicles posts associated with the outbreak. 

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