Tornadoes cause destruction


An early morning tornado on Monday damaged property near Blountsville. -National Weather Service

An early morning tornado on Monday damaged property near Blountsville. -National Weather Service

Without an issued tornado watch, an EF-0 tornado touched down in the Hayden/Warrior area Monday morning at approximately 5:15 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed late Monday afternoon the tornado packed 85 mile-per-hour winds during its 2.2 mile track in the western part of the county.

According to Blount County EMA director Don Roybal, the tornado took down trees and power lines near Justice Road in the Warrior community, as well as Regina Road and County Highway 11, County Highway 7, and Jack Cole Road in the Hayden community.

The National Weather Service also confirmed Monday afternoon that an EF-1, with 90-mile-per-hour winds, touched down at approximately 5:44 a.m. and traveled 6.3 miles through the northern part of the county near Ala 79 and County Road 30.

Roybal confirmed there were numerous downed trees and power lines, several barns damaged or destroyed, houses damaged, and two chicken houses destroyed on County Road 30. Ala 79 was closed for a short period of time for cleanup of the debris.

Roybal said there was one known injury when a travel trailer overturned. The male victim was transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Susan Moore and Blountsville schools closed due to power outages. Other Blount County schools and Oneonta schools dismissed early due to safety concerns of school personnel and students.