Five tornadoes occurred in North Alabama during the afternoon hours of March 12, 1986, killing two people and injuring five.
2:15 Pickens County F3. This was the worst tornado of the day. Anna Hale, 59, and her father, Guy Roland, 82, were killed when their home in the Big Creek community collapsed. They were reported dead on the scene with head and chest injuries. At least 5 homes were destroyed and 40 others were damaged. The tornado was on the ground for approximately 16 miles from northwest of Aliceville to west of Reform. The damage path was 700 feet wide at its widest point. Pickens county was under a tornado warning issued by the NWS in Birmingham from 1:25 until 3:30.
2:58 Lamar County F3. This tornado was on the ground for approximately 6 miles from southeast of Millport to north-nothwest of kennedy. A school was damaged, a car was blown off the road, a railroad car was overturned, and a lumber yard was destroyed. Lamar County was under a tornado warning from 2:30-3:30.
3:25 Marion County F3. This tornado was on the ground for 2.5 miles in the town of Winfield. Several trees were blown down and one home was destroyed. Several other structures were damaged. Marion County was under a tornado warning from 3:08-4:15.
3:35 Marion County F2. On the ground for 7.5 miles, this tornado travelled from near Winfield to 7.6 miles nortwest of Brilliant. Several trees were blown down and minor to moderate structural damage occurred. Marion County remained under a tornado warning as mentioned above.
8:20 Cullman-Marshall County F2. Five people were injured in this tornado that was on the ground for 7 miles near Arab. Among the injured was a woman and her daughters who were injured when their car was flipped several times. Six mobile homes and five site-built homes were damaged. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down. Cullman County was under a tornado warning from 7:40-8:30.
I have been posting about Alabama weather on this blog since April 2006. Here you will find my observations, information provided by the NWS, links to quality weather information from other sources, and historical weather data. Please "follow" me on Twitter and join my "fan" page on Facebook. Twitter and Facebook posts are usually more current/breaking news. I appreciate your visit. Enjoy and come back soon. Thank you!