EF1 tornado hits county

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

A large EF1 tornado struck Garvin County Wednesday evening, April 22, causing extensive damage to some homes and other structures east of Elmore City.

According to Doug Speheger, with the National Weather Service, the tornado was 600 yards wide and moved east – southeast, touching down near CR3220 near Highway 29 and dissipating shortly after crossing over Indian Meridian Road.

“We have sustained winds between 105 and 110 miles per hour, which is the top end of the EF1 scale,” Speheger told the News Star.

Speheger said the tornado touched down at 4:17 p.m. and dissipated at 4:22 p.m.

The tornado tore away almost half of John Leegard’s roof. 

“I was at work when it hit,” Leegard said. “No one else was home at the time.”

Paul Blankenship said the old Klondike Cemetery sustained quite a bit of damage.

“It really tore apart our fence and damaged some grave sites,” Blankenship said.

The largest tornado to hit Garvin County in the past 10 years was in 2016 when an EF4 tornado touched down 1.25 miles south and eight miles east of Katie.