New tornado confirmed from Friday’s storms, bringing total to two

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At least two tornadoes touched down in Alabama during a round of severe weather on Friday.

The National Weather Service had already confirmed one tornado, which ran through Cullman and Winston counties and peaked as an EF-2.

But the weather service in Huntsville on Monday confirmed a second tornado and released a preliminary storm report.

The new tornado was an EF-1 with peak winds of 90 mph. It touched down in the Higdon area in Jackson County at 6:25 p.m. Friday.

It touched down just west of Alabama Highway 71, or about 1 mile northeast of Higdon. It was on the ground for 1.7 miles, according to the weather service.

The storm toppled several trees, one of which fell on a house and a truck. It brought down or damaged several other large trees and ripped a metal roof off a house.

The Higon tornado comes in addition to the Cullman-Winston tornado, which was rated an EF-2 with top winds of 130 mph.

That storm destroyed a mobile home in the Jones Chapel area of Cullman County and was blamed for three injuries.

A third storm on Friday that prompted a tornado warning was not a tornado but caused straight-line wind damage in Madison County.

by Leigh Morgan (2018, June 25)

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