WBRC Meteorologist Jill Gilardi and photojournalist Josh Rainey captured this image of a possible tornado in Pickens County on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Source: WBRC video Damage at the Lamar County Airport. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Storm damage east of Arley. Source: NWS Birmingham via Twitter


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed four tornadoes hit central Alabama on Tuesday night.

Their preliminary information shows the tornadoes were located in the following areas:

  • Pickens County north of US 82 on CR 25 – EF1
  • Winston County: Arley area – EF1
  • Winston County: Ashridge community
  • Lamar County airport area – possible EF0/EF1

EF0 tornadoes have wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph and EF1 tornadoes have wind speeds between 86 to 110 miles per hour.

In an update on Wednesday afternoon, the NWS says there are between five and 10 potential tornado tracks across Marion, Winston, Pickens, Lamar, Fayette and Walker counties.

Governor Robert Bentley declared a State of Emergency following the storms, allowing state agencies the freedom to request extra funds and resources.

An EF2 tornado killed three people Rosalie in Jackson County and six people were critically injured in a tornado in DeKalb County.

See more storm damage photos from across the state here: SLIDESHOW: NOV. 29 2016 STORM DAMAGE

Winston County tornadoes

The NWS shared photos of damage just east of Arley on County Road 12/County Road 3906 on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The tornado that hit the Arley/Helicon Fire Department area was an EF-1 with wind speeds up to 105 mph, the NWS said on Wednesday. The tornado path was 4.5 miles long and 300 yards wide.

That tornado started around 8:54 p.m. east/southeast of Arley and continue until 9 p.m. into northeast Arley.

Several trees were knocked down on Helicon Road and a couple of trucks were flipped over at a ship yard.

No serious injuries were reported in Winston County.

Pickens County tornado

The NWS says the North Pickens County tornado in the Buncomb Creek area had estimated speeds of 95 mph, a track about 5.3 miles long and 600 yards wide. There are no known injures from that tornado.

The Pickens County tornado started near Ethelsville around 7:15 p.m. and ended around Millport at 7:25 p.m.

Lamar County tornado

The Lamar County tornado caused damage at the Lamar County Airport. Winds destroyed one hangar and severely damaged another one. The storm also damaged planes that were being kept in the Hangar.

Most of the damage appears to be confined the area of Highway 17 and Beaver Creek Road just south of the city limits of Sulligent.

The tornado also destroyed a tire shop and leveled a home near the airport. A woman in the house had to be rescued on Tuesday night.

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