Enterprise Tornado Now Rated EF4

| March 21, 2007 @ 8:32 pm | 19 Replies

I figured this would happen at some point… both Brian Peters and I believed the Enterprise tornado to be an EF4, and now the NWS is on the bandwagon… this is the updated statement from NWS Tallahassee:

…TORNADO NUMBER 1…COFFEE COUNTY ALABAMA…ENTERPRISE…
THIS TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 108 PM CST JUST SOUTHWEST OF
ENTERPRISE. THE TORNADO TRACKED THROUGH ENTERPRISE HITTING THE HIGH
SCHOOL AROUND 112 PM CST. THE TORNADO MOVED OUT OF THE TOWN OF
ENTERPRISE AND LIFTED BEFORE REACHING DALE COUNTY AT 118 PM CST. THE
APPROXIMATE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS 7 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM
DAMAGE WIDTH OF 300 YARDS. THE FINAL RATING ASSIGNED TO THIS TORNADO
IS AN EF-4 WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 170 MPH. THE EF-4 DAMAGED AREAS ARE
RIGHT AROUND THE HIGH SCHOOL AND SEVERAL HOMES ON DIXIE ROAD TO THE
NORTHEAST OF BOLL WEEVIL CIRCLE. AN EF-4 TORNADO HAS WINDS OF 166 TO
200 MPH. 9 FATALITIES WERE REPORTED IN ENTERPRISE WITH 8 OF THESE
OCCURRING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.

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