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Old 11-30-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: FL
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Considering a move to the southeast bammy area - Elba or New Brockton. TOTALLY tornado phobic!
Currently in Suwannee county FL. Supposedly we get them here too - but feels safe here.
Anyone living in those areas (Elba and or New Brockton) please give the real story! I can read stats the same as anyone - I want to hear it from someone who lives there and KNOWS! (wondering the same about some GA areas - will post there too...) Thanks all!
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Considering a move to the southeast bammy area - Elba or New Brockton. TOTALLY tornado phobic!
Currently in Suwannee county FL. Supposedly we get them here too - but feels safe here.
Anyone living in those areas (Elba and or New Brockton) please give the real story! I can read stats the same as anyone - I want to hear it from someone who lives there and KNOWS! (wondering the same about some GA areas - will post there too...) Thanks all!
Tornado History Project: Maps and Statistics
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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"bammy" ???
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: FL
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I've actually seen that Tornado History Project...
The one for Suwannee county looks like this:
Tornado History Project: Maps and Statistics
So I guess it's safe to say that the Elba/New Brockton area is relatively safe from tornadoes as well?
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Tornadoes are fairly rare in the lower 1/3 of the state, although they CAN happen (just like anywhere in FL). When they do happen they usually aren't nearly as strong as the ones that hit north AL.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Coffee County, Alabama
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I've been living about 10 miles south of Elba since 2006 and haven't seen a single tornado since I've been here. The ones that I remember reading about were like 40-50 miles north of Elba. I dunno, it feels safe around here to me.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:40 AM
 
Location: FL
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Thank you all!
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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i haven't seen a single tornado since I've been here. http://www.uklv.info/g.gif
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: 31.32' North
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In Alabama, the northern third of the state is the most tornado prone. Specifically, the area west of I-65 and north of I-59/20. (As evidenced by the historic outbreak last April that killed so many people).

South Alabama is certainly susceptible to severe weather, but seemingly not so much as our neighbors to the north and/or west. Most of the really nasty spring supercells that form over West Alabama have lost their punch by the time they reach the SE Alabama region.

I don't know of any major tornadoes that have ever hit Elba or New Brockton, but just a few miles to the south, the March 1, 2007 Enterprise tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 9 people. That day was the last time the area was put under a "High risk" of tornadoes by the National Weather Service, so high risk days are rare.

All in all, I would say that while Alabama is by no means as safe as Maine or Idaho when it comes to tornadoes, as a general rule of thumb, the farther southeast you go in the state, the safer you will probably be.

I hope this helps!
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Troy, Alabama
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Tornadoes do happen in Southeast Alabama, but not nearly a frequent as the northern part of the state.

I wouldn't be too concerned about it moving here. Fact is this is America tornadoes can happen most places.
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