NWS: Storm damage in Boldo caused by tornado
by Elane Jones
May 08, 2014 | 1181 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage caused by last week’s severe weather in northeastern Walker County and have determined that the damage is consistent with an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

The NWS survey indicates the tornado touched down just south of Richardson Road in the Boldo community where a few trees were uprooted. It then traveled to the northeast where it uprooted several more trees as it crossed Golf Course Road and South Pine Drive.

The tornado strengthened as it crossed Boldo Road where several trees were snapped and uprooted and minor shingle damage occurred to a house. It then crossed Alabama Highway 69 North where it uprooted a couple of trees and caused minor damage to a church.

The tornado continued on a path toward the northeast, uprooting more trees and causing minor shingle damage to another home before it lifted along Robinson Road, just north of Alabama Highway 69.

According to the NWS survey report, the tornado was on the ground for approximately three minutes (from 8:40 until 8:43 p.m.), leaving behind a damage path that was estimated to be 4.9 miles long with a maximum width of 150 yards.

The tornado that hit Boldo is one of the 18 confirmed tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 28-29.

No injuries or fatalities were reported as a result of the storm, but a total of 40 people were injured across the state during the outbreak.

Siren testing rescheduled

A scheduled test of the county's weather warning sirens was postponed Wednesday morning because of assessment tests being administered in local schools. The sirens will be tested next Wednesday at 10 a.m. and every first Wednesday of the month at the same time, weather permitting.