NWS confirms 2 tornadoes hit Huntsville Thursday

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit South Huntsville Thursday.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit South Huntsville Thursday.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - NWS said two separate EF-1 tornadoes touched down in the Lily Flagg and Dug Hill areas of Huntsville Thursday.

The tornado that hit the area of Lily Flagg Road and Whitesburg Drive around 4:24 p.m. had an estimated peak wind of 90 miles per hour and was 300 yards wide.

It touched down on the west side of Memorial Parkway in the 9000 block of Craigmont Drive. In this area, several large trees were snapped or uprooted with at least one falling on the back of a house.

The tornado moved northeast crossing Memorial Parkway with trees snapped along Oldfield Road. Extensive power line and power pole damage was noted at the intersection of Whitesburg Drive and Lily Flagg Road. Several wooden poles were snapped near the base and a street light was also snapped at the base. Several business signs were blown out in the area.

The NWS said the tornado then moved across several residential neighborhoods snapping and uprooting both soft and hardwood trees. Minor damage to roofs, mainly from falling trees, was also noted. A large tree fell on a house on Valley View Drive causing major damage. The people who live in the home said they heard the sirens and took cover several minutes before the tree fell through the dining room.

The tornado crossed Hickory Hill Road snapping trees and eventually causing minor tree damage in the Valley Hill Country Club area. The tornado finally lifted near Haven Street, just west of Bailey Cove Road.

The tornado in the Dug Hill area had a peak wind speed of 105 mph, was 75 yards wide and traveled about 1.3 miles.

Meteorologists say no fatalities or serious injuries were reported in either storm.

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