Sunday, March 06, 2011

3/6/67 Central Alabama Tornado Outbreak


March 7, 1967 Birmingham Post Herald


Between 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on March 6, 1967, seven tornadoes touched down in Alabama, killing two people and injuring 30.

The strongest tornado of the day was an F4 in Walker and Jefferson counties. Communities affected included Sumiton, Rocky Hollow, Dilworth, Empire, and Warrior. Two fatalities occurred and 25 were injured in this powerful tornado. According to the NWS Birmingham, 32 homes and approximately 50 barns or outbuildings were destroyed. This tornado was on the ground for 30 miles and the path was as wide as 440 feet. The two fatalities were Mrs. Marie Phillips, 27, of Empire and Dennis Wright, 16, of Rocky Hollow. J.B. Elliott of the NWS Birmingham said at the time, "When a new low pressure system started forming at the surface, we were reasonably certain that it would be an ideal situation for a significant tornado to form about 100 miles ahead of a cold front and sweep eastward across the state."

In addition to the F4 in Walker and Jefferson counties, F2 tornadoes occurred in Perry, St. Clair, and Calhoun counties. F1 tornadoes occurred in Pickens, Walker, and Chilton counties.

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