Storm Survey-A Report By The National Weather Service Birmingham

5 tornadoes confirmed across central Alabama April 11th

Thunderstorms produced very large hail and tornadoes across Central Alabama on Wednesday April 11th.

Thunderstorms developed across western Alabama during the early afternoon hours. These scattered thunderstorms moved across all of Central Alabama through the early evening hours…before exiting into Georgia. Some of the thunderstorms that developed were supercells. These are thunderstorms that exhibit persistent rotation and have a higher likelihood of producing very large hail and tornadoes.

National weather service meteorologists have surveyed several locations that reported potential tornado damage. Information will be updated frequently when new or additional data becomes available.

Elmore County Tornado: A brief tornado touch down occurred about 4.8 miles southeast of Wetumpka. The tornado caused minor damage to at least one home and knocked a few trees over. The damage occurred near Ridgefield drive near the new Bingham community. The tornado damage path was less than a tenth of a mile long and 25 yards wide at its widest point. Additional funnel cloud reports were received as the storm moved through southern Elmore County, but no additional damage was discovered. The tornado was on the ground at about 5:05 pm. A tornado watch was in effect for Elmore county from 1:40 pm until 800 pm. A tornado warning was in effect for Elmore County from 4:27 pm until 6:00 PM.

Bibb County and Chilton County Tornado: A tornado touched near the intersection of county road 36 and New Hope Village, just east of Randolph in far southeastern Bibb County. The tornado tracked east southeast and lifted just across the Chilton county line along county road 73. The tornado damage path was 1.5 miles long and was 200 yards wide at its widest point. Several trees were either blown down or snapped off along the short path. One home was damaged by a fallen tree and one home suffered minor shingle damage. The highest winds were estimated between 90 and 95 mph…an EF1 tornado. The tornado was on the ground from approximately 3:47 pm until 3:49 pm. A tornado watch was in effect for Bibb and Chilton counties from 1:40 pm until 8:00 pm. A tornado warning was in effect for Bibb county 2:49 pm until 4:00 pm. A tornado warning was in effect for Chilton county from 3:27 pm until 4:30 pm.

Macon County and Russell County Tornado: A tornado touched down along county road 10…approximately 6.8 miles southeast of Tuskegee or 4.4 miles northwest of Warriorstand. The tornado tracked east southeast across the remainder of eastern Macon county and crossed into russell county. The tornado lifted near the intersection of state highway 51 and Cowpen road near the Uchee community. The tornado damage path was 12.1 miles long and was 400 yards wide at its widest point. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or blown over along the path. The highest winds were Estimated around 90 mph…an EF1 tornado…although much of the damage was consistent with EFO damage. The tornado was on the ground from approximately 5:54 pm until 6:16 pm. A tornado watch was in effect for Macon and Russell counties from 3:45 pm until 10:00 pm. A tornado warning was in effect for Macon County from 5:09 pm until 7:30 pm. A tornado warning was in effect for Russell County from 5:55 PM until 7:30 pm.

Tallapoosa County Tornado: A tornado touched down at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Fulton street…on the northeast side of us highway 280 in Dadeville. The tornado tracked east southeast for about 1 mile…and lifted just past the railroad tracks and Woodyard Street. The tornado damage path was 50 yards wide at its widest point. At least three homes were damaged due to numerous uprooted trees. Spencer Lumber Company…located at the corner of Fulton Street and Oak Street…Sustained damage including roof damage to metal sheds on their property. The highest winds were estimated at 90 mph…or an EF1 tornado. The tornado was on the ground from approximately 5:18 pm until 5:20 pm CDT. A tornado watch was in effect for Tallapoosa County from 4:11 pm until 10 pm CDT. A tornado warning was in effect from 4:30 pm until 6 pm CDT.

Jefferson County Tornado: A tornado touched down on Tate Mill Road…just northwest of county Road 140 or Warrior Jasper Road. The tornado tracked east southeast and lifted on Humber Road in the Bagley community. The tornado damage path was approximately one half mile long and 40 yards wide at its widest point. Several windows were blown out of homes and automobiles. One 18-wheeler carrying a load was overturned. One office trailer was overturned. Several hardwood trees were either snapped off or uprooted. At least one of the trees fell on a home and produced damage. The tornado was witnessed by several people in the area. The highest winds were estimated between 90 and 95 mph…an EF1 tornado. The tornado was on the ground from approximately 3:14 pm until 3:16 pm. A tornado watch was in effect for Jefferson county from 1:40 pm until 8:00 pm. A tornado warning was in effect from 3:04 pm
until 3:30 pm.

Hail storms in several locations: Large hail was reported in several counties across central Alabama. The hail ranged from pea to grapefruit and softball size. Several homes and automobiles were damaged by the large hail. The hail also covered the ground in many locations.

Source: NWS

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Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

I had a great time today speaking to a wonderful group of first graders at Hunington Place Elementary School in Northport. I talked to the 1st grade “Hornets” and you could certainly tell they were all getting excited about the summer break that is just around the corner. The weather was perfect today and it felt perfect as temperatures reached the 70s. The air is dry and with the winds lessening in speed tonight, the ingredients will be in place for a cool night. It looks like we will wake up to lows in the middle 40s.

Tomorrow we will start the day on a sunny note, with a few clouds arriving in the afternoon. Highs will reach the middle 70s, with an easterly wind becoming southerly tomorrow night. A strong storm system will be moving through the state on Saturday, so that means a lot of changes will take place over the next 48 hours. Rain and thunderstorms will march in starting around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and some of the storms could grow severe. We will be watching things for you and we will keep you posted on the threat. Temperatures will be topping out in the 70s and hopefully, we won’t grow too unstable. If the sun manages to break out like it did yesterday, that will increase the potential for severe storms. Once again, stay tuned and we will let you know more details as the event draws closer.

As the rain shifts east, look for a big drop in temperatures with lows in the 40s Saturday night. Sunday as the main upper air storm center passes to the north, a cool wind will develop, with lots of clouds overhead. Highs will struggle to climb into the upper 50s, with lows in the 30s Sunday night. Nice weather will return for the start of next week. Look for sunshine on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 70s.

Wesley Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV