Damage in Moulton & Decatur was confirmed to have been caused by an EF-1 Tornado that occurred on Thursday Morning.
The Tornado Started in Western Lawrence County eventually moving into Moulton – Causing Damage to Lawrence Medical Center
Roof Damage was also done to the Relax Inn at the intersection of HWY 157/HWY 24
The Tornado also knocked out power for a big part of central Lawrence County
The storm continued Northeast, moving into Decatur where it caused damage along HWY 20, flipping camper trailers at the Jay’s Landing area & 18-wheelers over, as well as turning over a lighthouse at Ingalls Harbor. There were also several roofs damaged near Ingalls harbor. The tornado continued into Limestone County, where it lifted.
Below is the official Public Information Statement on the Survey from NWS Huntsville:
000 NOUS44 KHUN 130036 PNSHUN ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-131245- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 636 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2023 ...NWS Damage Survey for 01/12/2023 Tornado Event... .Highway 24 Tornado... Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 104 mph Path Length /statute/: 30.4 miles Path Width /maximum/: 325 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 1 Start Date: 01/12/2023 Start Time: 8:09 AM CST Start Location: 5 WSW Moulton / Lawrence County / AL Start Lat/Lon: 34.4494 / -87.3637 End Date: 01/12/2023 End Time: 8:45 AM CST End Location: 3 NNW Mooresville / Limestone County / AL End Lat/Lon: 34.662 / -86.8991 Survey Summary: A National Weather Service survey team, assisted by Lawrence County, Morgan County, and Limestone County EMAs, determined the multi- county damage in North Central Alabama was attributed to an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 104 mph. An isolated severe thunderstorm moving across the Mississippi/Alabama border on the morning of January 12 quickly organized into a supercell as it crossed into western Lawrence County. The supercell produced a tornado as it traversed a ridge just west of CR 101. Numerous large branches and trees uprooted were observed in this location. As the tornado tracked east of CR 101 toward CR 117, a large number of softwood trees were snapped. The tornado crossed CR 117, snapping and uprooting more trees, and causing minor roof damage to several residences. What was likely the center of the vortex, a single-family home was observed to have minor roof damage and near destruction of a large metal workshop behind the property. As it tracked east of CR 117, numerous softwood trees were snapped or uprooted heading toward downtown Moulton. Damage indicators along and near CR 117 were the focus of this tornado and produced the peak wind estimate of 104 mph. Moving northeast at this point, the tornado likely briefly lifted before causing isolated damage in downtown Moulton. Minor damage was observed at the high school baseball fields and roof damage at Lawrence Medical Center. The tornado eventually crossed Highway 24 and caused roof damage to a motel near the Highway 24 and CR 157 intersection. From this point, the tornado caused sporadic tree damage as the tornado was likely lifting and descending through Trinity, AL in western Morgan County. Crossing into western Morgan Co., the tornado was likely cycling and lifting at times between Trinity and Beltline Rd. Power lines and occasionally limb damage were noted. Moving toward highway 20, minor mobile home roof damage was recorded at Kimberly Pines. Further east, as the tornado crossed Highway 20, a tractor-trailer was blown off the road and tipped over. The tornado approached Jay`s Landing and caused several large campers to flip or be displaced. Near this location, an injury was reported at a recycling facility. The tornado approached Ingalls Harbor. Damage to the law enforcement marina was noted near the shoreline while several large trees were uprooted along Highway 20 in this area. The tornado crossed the Tennessee River and continued to move toward the northeast. Tree damage was noted on the campus of Calhoun Community College, with minor damage to the baseball complex as well. Cedar Trees were uprooted east of Pryor Field on Garrett Rd. The final damage point was along Fennel Rd and Fennel Ln, with large branches downed. The tornado lifted in this location.