A look at the Saragossa F3 path four years later

A look at the Saragossa F3 path four years later

Shown here is a Google Earth photo of Saragossa, AL, from 2006, almost four years after the F3 tornado that devastated the community on November 10th, 2002. The area of lighter green that runs from the bottom left of the picture to the top right – cutting through the center – shows the tornado’s track. For convenience, I’ve highlighted the tornado track and added approximate areas of road crossings in this image . The path is still very much visible today for those who know where to look, and especially to those familiar with the area. Particularly along Highway 5, Nichols RD, and Johnsey Bridge Road, tree damage is clearly evident near the points labelled on the map; numerous large tree snags still litter the landscape, several small trees are still bent over to near the ground, and countless living trees are limited to the main trunk and a few small branches densely clustered up the trunk. The path of the Carbon Hill tornado a few miles to the NW is similarly still visible, though recent extensive logging has made it difficult to pinpoint the exact area of tornado damage amidst the clearcuts.

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