Confirmed Tornado Reports – 10 p.m. Saturday

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
953 PM CDT SAT APR 30 2011

…UPDATED FOR LAKE MARTIN TORNADO…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WILL CONTINUE THE ASSESSMENT OF STORM DAMAGE FROM A TRAGICALLY HISTORIC DAY OF TORNADIC ACTIVITY AND SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 27TH. A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STORM DAMAGE EXPERT WILL CONTINUE ASSISTING US IN EXAMINING THE LOCATIONS OF THE MOST EXTREME DAMAGE TO ENSURE WE PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THIS EVENT AS POSSIBLE.

…SURVEY RESULTS TO DATE WITH 11 TOTAL CONFIRMED TORNADOES…

…EVENT OVERVIEW…

THERE WERE TWO WAVES OF WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER. THE FIRST MOVED THROUGH DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA PRODUCING WIDESPREAD DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. THE SECOND WAVE INVOLVED NUMEROUS SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS AND PRODUCED LONG LIVED…STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES
ACROSS THE NORTHERN TWO-THIRDS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA…WITH WIDESPREAD AND CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS. AT THIS TIME ALL RATINGS ARE PRELIMINARY.

TORNADO 1…COALING TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA/JEFFERSON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 155
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.163/-87.3716 AT 517 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.296/-87.0594 AT 535 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 18.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS
NOTE:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS EASTERN TUSCALOOSA AND FAR SOUTHWEST JEFFERSON COUNTIES FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 155 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTHWEST OF COALING OFF STAGHORNE DRIVE. TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST PARALLEL TO INTERSTATE 20/59 WHERE SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND A FEW WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. TORNADO DAMAGE HERE WAS CONSISTENT WITH EF-3 DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST WHERE THE MERCEDES PLANT SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND POWER POLES WERE BLOWN DOWN…ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES SNAPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO SNAP TREES AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST INTO FAR
SOUTHWEST JEFFERSON COUNTY WHERE IT ENDED AT OLD TUSCALOOSA HIGHWAY AND LOWETOWN ROAD.

TORNADO 2…CAHABA HEIGHTS TORNADO (JEFFERSON COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4367/-86.7622 AT 554 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.498/-86.6493 AT 600 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 7.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS
NOTE:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTHEAST JEFFERSON COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MOUNTAIN BROOK/VESTAVIA HILLS AREA. FROM THERE IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS U.S. HIGHWAY 280 INTO CAHABA HEIGHTS…EVENTUALLY CROSSING INTERSTATE 459 BEFORE LIFTING NEAR GRANTS MILL ROAD JUST EAST OF THE LIBERTY PARK AREA. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED…MANY OF THEM LANDING ON HOMES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE WAS IN CAHABA HEIGHTS JUST WEST OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 280…WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM FALLEN TREES.

TORNADO 3…ODENVILLE TORNADO (ST. CLAIR COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6473/-86.4153 AT 614 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6848/-86.3661 AT 618 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 3.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS
NOTE:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THE DAMAGE ACROSS ST. CLAIR COUNTY WEDNESDAY MORNING WAS ATTRIBUTED TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS…IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT IN A SMALL AREA NEAR ODENVILLE THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A FIELD JUST SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 174 AND ISBELL ROAD. FROM THERE IT QUICKLY STRENGTHENED TO EF-2
INTENSITY AND STRUCK TWO MULTI-STORY BRICK HOMES. ONE HOUSE LOST A LARGE PORTION OF ITS ROOF DECK MATERIAL. THE WELL BUILT DETACHED GARAGE OF THE OTHER HOUSE WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS FOUNDATION…WITH THE INTACT ROOF LANDING AND SQUASHING THE REMAINING STRUCTURE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD AND CEDAR ROAD WHERE A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN.

TORNADO 4…HACKLEBURG TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-5 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 200
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 25 FATALITIES. NUMEROUS INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0880/-88.1328 AT 305 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3109/-87.7858 AT 328 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 25.2 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS MARION COUNTY IMPACTING THE HACKLEBURG AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 200 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO TOUCHDOWN SOUTHWEST OF HAMILTON NEAR HIGHWAY 19 AND COUNTY ROAD 22. TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO WIDENED CONSIDERABLY AND BECAME DEADLY AS IT MOVED ALONG HIGHWAY 43 SOUTHWEST OF HACKLEBURG. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO HACKLEBURG WHERE SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS WERE DESTROYED. THE HACKLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL AND THE WRANGLER PLANT WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND GENERALLY PARALLELED HIGHWAY 43 AND MOVED TOWARD PHIL CAMPBELL WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE CONTINUED. ALONG
THE DAMAGE PATH, THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE DOWNED…SEVERAL HUNDRED STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED, AT LEAST 100 OF THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS MANY HOMES WERE LEVELED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS…ALONG WITH THE FOREMOST EXPERT IN STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REVIEWED THE DAMAGE IN HACKLEBURG IN MARION COUNTY.  THE MAIN INDICATORS OF HACKLEBURG HAVING EF-5 DAMAGE IS THE TOSSING OF VEHICLES UPWARDS OF 150-200 YARDS…ONE WELL BUILT HOME WITH 4 SIDES BRICK WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED AND THE DEBRIS FROM THE HOME WAS TOSSED TO THE NORTH OVER 40 YARDS…AND THERE WAS LARGE AMOUNTS OF WIND ROWING…THE STREWING OF BUILDING MATERIALS IN STRAIGHT LINES…AROUND THE CITY OF HACKLEBURG.

TORNADO 5…SHOTSVILLE TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN EF-3 TORNADO (FURTHER
EVALUATION UNDERWAY)
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 6 FATALITIES, SEVERAL INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.1579/-88.1847 AT 357 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3129/-87.9231 AT 420 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 19.1 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: STARTED IN MISSISSIPPI AND CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED ACROSS MARION COUNTY IMPACTING THE SHOTSVILLE AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 140 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOMEWHERE IN MISSISSIPPI AND WILL NEED TO BE DETERMINED BY THE NWS IN MEMPHIS, TN. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO MARION COUNTY NEAR COUNTY ROAD 93 AND DRY CREEK ROAD. A FEW STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND UPROOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 78/I-22 WEST OF HAMILTON NEAR THE BEXAR COMMUNITY. THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED TO EF3 INTENSITY AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 19 AND COUNTY ROAD 20 WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND AT LEAST 6 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ACROSS HIGHWAY 187 NEAR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY LINE.  ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH…
HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE DOWNED…AT LEAST 25 HOMES, MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. AT LEAST FIVE OF THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY OBLITERATED. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER EVALUATION DONE ON THE WORST DAMAGE POINTS THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO DETERMINE IF THE RATING NEEDS TO BE INCREASED. THE DAMAGE PATH IN MARION COUNTY WAS 19.1 MILES LONG AND WAS 3/4 OF MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO 6…PRELIMINARY TUSCALOOSA/BIRMINGHAM TORNADO TRACK…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: AT LEAST EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AT LEAST 165
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 65 FATALITIES. OVER 1000 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0297/-87.935 AT 443 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6311/-86.7436 AT 614 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): APPROXIMATELY 80.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1.5 MILES CROSSING I-65

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE BEGUN SURVEYING THE MASSIVE DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LONG TRACK TORNADO…BY GROUND AND AIR. THE START POINT IS BASED ON AERIAL SURVEY…WHILE THE END LOCATION WAS DETERMINED BY A GROUND CREW. THUS FAR…DETAILED DAMAGE INSPECTION HAS REVEALED A MAXIMUM OF EF-4 DAMAGE IN THE PLEASANT GROVE. CASUALTY INFORMATION IS BASED ON THE LATEST OFFICIAL RELEASES
FROM THE ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.  THIS TORNADO WAS PRODUCED BY A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM THAT BEGAN IN NEWTON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI AT 254 PM CDT…FINALLY DISSIPATING IN MACON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA AT APPROXIMATELY 1018 PM CDT.  SO…THIS SUPERCELL EXISTED FOR ABOUT 7 HOURS AND 24 MINUTES…TRAVELING APPROXIMATELY 380 MILES PRODUCING SEVERAL STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES ALONG THE WAY. ADDITIONAL EVALUATION OF THE DAMAGE IN TUSCALOOSA AND JEFFERSON COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TODAY TO DETERMINE IF THE RATING NEEDS TO BE INCREASED. RESULTS WILL BE UPDATED WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

TORNADO 7…HALEYVILLE (MARION/WINSTON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN EF-3 TORNADO (FURTHER
EVALUATION UNDERWAY)
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 10 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0289/-87.9421 AT 510 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3057/-87.4973 AT 551 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 31.8 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: MAY HAVE CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS MARION AND WINSTON COUNTIES IMPACTING THE PEA RIDGE, WHITEHOUSE, THORNHILL AND HALEYVILLE AREAS. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 140 MPH WITH ADDITIONAL EVALUATION UNDERWAY. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO
TOUCHDOWN SOUTH OF HAMILTON NEAR HIGHWAY 278, COUNTY ROAD 2 AND PHILADELPHIA ROAD WHERE TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND STRENGTHENED NEAR THE PEA RIDGE AND WHITEHOUSE COMMUNITIES. SEVERAL HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED. THE TORNADO PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE INTO THE THORNHILL COMMUNITY AND SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF HALEYVILLE
THE WINSTON FURNITURE COMPANY AND FONTAINE TRAILER COMPANY SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. MANY HOMES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED OR WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO PRODUCE TREE DAMAGE AS IT ENTERED THE FOREST AREA IN NORTHERN WINSTON COUNTY. IT APPEARED THE TORNADO MAY HAVE CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY.

TORNADO 8…SAWYERVILLE/EOLINE TORNADO (GREENE/HALE/BIBB COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 145
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 7 FATALITIES, 50 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6211/-88.0462 AT 530 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1443/-86.9998 AT 655 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 71.3 MILES
WIDTH: 1 MILE
NOTE: STARTED NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER IN SOUTHWEST GREENE COUNTY AND CONTINUED INTO NORTHEAST BIBB COUNTY. THIS TRACK MAY NEED TO EXTENDED INTO SHELBY COUNTY AFTER FURTHER SURVEYS ARE COMPLETED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED MULTIPLE TRACKS ACROSS GREENE…HALE AND BIBB COUNTIES. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN FAR SOUTHWEST GREENE COUNTY NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER JUST WEST OF TISHABEE ON COUNTY ROAD 69 NEAR HEAD DRIVE…AND HEADED NORTHEAST
ACROSS RURAL GREENE COUNTY NORTH OF FORKLAND. AT LEAST 4 MOBILE HOMES…3 OUTBUILDING…AND 2 CHURCHES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES. 2 MINOR INJURIES WERE NOTED IN GREENE COUNTY. THE TRACK STARTED AS AN EF-1 BUT INCREASED TO AN EF-2 RATING WHILE IN GREENE COUNTY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER AND MOVED INTO HALE COUNTY PASSING THROUGH SAWYERVILLE AND
NORTHEAST INTO THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST. NUMEROUS MOBILE HOMES AND SINGLE FAMILY HOMES…1 CHURCH…AND COUNTLESS TREES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THERE WERE 40 INJURIES AND 6 FATALITIES ACROSS HALE COUNTY. THE TRACK INCREASED FROM AN EF-2 TO AN EF-3 WHILE IN HALE COUNTY JUST NORTHEAST OF SAWYERVILLE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED INTO SOUTHWEST BIBB COUNTY IN THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST AND
MOVED NORTHEAST TO EOLINE AND ENDED IN MARVEL. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES AND SINGLE FAMILY HOMES…1 BUSINESS…AS WELL AS THE EOLINE FIRE STATION…AND COUNTLESS TREES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THERE WERE 8 INJURIES AND 1 FATALITY IN BIBB COUNTY. EF-3 AND EF-2 DAMAGE WERE NOTED FOR THE MOST PART IN EOLINE AND CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY THEN DECREASED IN INTENSITY AS IT MOVED INTO NORTHEAST RURAL BIBB COUNTY TOWARD MARVEL. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 145 MPH AND WAS 1 MILE
WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT IN CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY.

TORNADO 9…ARGO/SHOAL CREEK/OHATCHEE/FORNEY TORNADO (JEFFERSON/ST. CLAIR/CALHOUN/ETOWAH/CHEROKEE COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN EF-3 (FURTHER EVALUATION
UNDERWAY)
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): POTENTIALLY UP TO 180
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NUMEROUS FATALITIES AND INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6792/-86.5699 AT 623 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0661/-85.420 AT 747 PM (AT GEORGIA
STATE LINE)
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 72 MILES
WIDTH: UP TO 1.25 MILES
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO GEORGIA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE PATH FROM EASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY NORTHEAST TO CHEROKEE COUNTY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR ARGO…BETWEEN DEERFOOT PARKWAY AND ADVENT ROAD…JUST NORTH OF INTERSTATE 59. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST ACROSS THE INTERSTATE INTO ST. CLAIR COUNTY. THE TORNADO CAUSED EF-0 TO EF-1 DAMAGE AS IT TRACKED NEAR MARGARET AND
NORTH OF ODENVILLE. JUST NORTHEAST OF ODENVILLE…THE TORNADO
STRENGTHENED AND WIDENED CONSIDERABLY. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST-NORTHEAST ALONG COUNTY ROAD 22…THROUGH SHOAL CREEK. DAMAGE ALL ALONG CR-22 WAS EXTENSIVE. SEVERAL HOMES HAD ALMOST ALL WALLS BLOWN OUT…AND ONE ROUGHLY 40 YEAR OLD HOME WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED. THE PATH CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST ACROSS NEELY HENRY LAKE INTO
CALHOUN COUNTY. THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE WAS DONE ON THE EASTERN SHORES OF THE LAKE…JUST NORTH OF OHATCHEE. IN THIS AREA NUMEROUS HOMES AND MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY LEVELED…INDICATIVE OF A VIOLENT TORNADO. AT LEAST ONE WELL BUILT HOME WAS NEARLY SWEPT CLEAN OF EVERYTHING ABOVE ITS BASEMENT…SAVE FOR A FEW ITEMS OF FURNITURE. WINDS HERE WERE LIKELY MORE THAN 150 MPH…PERHAPS AS HIGH AS 180 MPH. THE DAMAGE PATH AT THIS POINT REACHED ITS WIDEST… AROUND 1.25 MILES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO CAUSE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
ON AN EAST-NORTHEAST PATH ACROSS NORTHERN CALHOUN COUNTY…JUST SOUTH OF THE ETOWAH COUNTY LINE. ALL HOMES IN ITS PATH RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND MANY WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. A SMALL CHURCH ON ROCKY HOLLOW ROAD NEAR THE WEBSTER CHAPEL COMMUNITY WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED. THE TORNADO BRIEFLY WENT THROUGH SOUTHEAST ETOWAH COUNTY SOUTHEAST OF REAVES…CLIPPED A SMALL PORTION OF
CALHOUN COUNTY ONE LAST TIME…THEN MOVED INTO CHEROKEE COUNTY. THERE IT DAMAGED NUMEROUS MORE HOMES AND MOBILE HOMES AS IT MOVED EAST-NORTHEASTWARD. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO WEAKEN BRIEFLY AS IT MOVED THROUGH FROG MOUNTAIN…BUT THEN IT WIDENED AND STRENGTHENED ONCE AGAIN BEFORE IT REACHED COUNTY ROAD 45 NORTH OF ROCK RUN. ON
COUNTY ROAD 29 SOUTH OF FORNEY…AN APPARENTLY WELL BUILT FRAME HOME WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED TO THE GROUND BY WINDS THAT MAY HAVE EXCEEDED 150 MPH. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO GEORGIA AT COUNTY ROAD 28.
ALONG THE PATH…HUNDREDS OF STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED AND
DESTROYED…AND MANY THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE UPROOTED…SNAPPED… AND REDUCED TO SPIKED STUMPS.

NOTE: THERE WAS NO DAMAGE OBSERVED ON DEERFOOT PARKWAY…JUST WEST OF THE STARTING COORDINATES ABOVE. THEREFORE…THERE APPEARS TO BE A SMALL BREAK IN THE DAMAGE BETWEEN THE TUSCALOOSA-BIRMINGHAM TORNADO AND THIS ONE…AS THE STORM WENT ACROSS THE PINSON AND CHALKVILLE AREAS. THIS BREAK IN THE DAMAGE MAY NEED FURTHER INVESTIGATION…TO MAKE SURE THAT IT INDEED DID OCCUR.

TORNADO 10…WATEROAK TORNADO (HALE/BIBB COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 105
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 0 FATALITIES, 0 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8522/-87.4783 AT 650 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8956/-87.401 AT 659 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.5 MILES
WIDTH: 150 YARDS
NOTE: STARTED IN FAR EASTERN HALE COUNTY AND ENDED IN SOUTHWEST BIBB
BIBB COUNTY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED MULTIPLE TRACKS ACROSS HALE AND BIBB COUNTIES. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WATEROAK IN HALE COUNTY AND PROCEEDED NORTHEAST INTO THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST ENDING IN SOUTHWEST BIBB COUNTY 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MERTZ. 1 MOBILE HOME AND 1 BUSINESS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES. THE ENTIRE TRACK CONSISTED OF EF-1 DAMAGE. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 105 MPH AND WAS 150 YARDS IN WIDTH.

TORNADO 11…LAKE MARTIN TORNADO (ELMORE/TALLAPOOSA/CHAMBERS COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN EF-3 (FURTHER EVALUATION
UNDERWAY)
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): POTENTIALLY UP TO 170
INJURIES/FATALITIES: SEVERAL INJURIES/AT LEAST 4 FATALITIES
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6174/-86.193 AT 812 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.9196/-85.523 AT 909 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 44.1 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1/2 MILE
NOTE:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE FROM CENTRAL ELMORE COUNTY…EXTENDING EASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AND THE LAKE MARTIN AREA…TO WESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO.
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE POTENTIALLY UP 170 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 209 NEAR MEADOWVIEW DRIVE WHERE A FEW SNAPPED TREES WERE NOTED. FROM THERE…THE TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST THROUGH DEXTER WIDENING AND PRODUCING EF-2 DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. FROM THERE…IT CONTINUED ACROSS HIGHWAY 9 DAMAGING SEVERAL HOMES…DESTROYING A FEW MOBILE
HOMES ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO AN AGRICULTURAL NURSERY. AS THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE MOUNT HEBRON ROAD AREA…IT INTENSIFIED TO EF-3 INTENSITY AND DESTROYING SEVERAL HOMES…BUSINESSES…AND 2 CHURCHES. FROM HERE…THE TORNADO CROSSED LAKE MARTIN…JUST SOUTH
OF THE HIGHWAY 63 BRIDGE…DOING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS HOMES AROUND THE WYNDERMERE AREA. AT THIS POINT…THE TORNADO WAS
NEAR 1/4 MILE WIDE. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO TALLAPOOSA COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 34…WIDENING TO NEAR 1/2 MILE AND STRENGTHENING TO POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN EF-3 INTENSITY. HERE THE DAMAGE WAS THE MOST WIDESPREAD AND SEVERE WITH SEVERAL WELL BUILT MULTI-STORY HOMES TOTALLY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED AT THIS
STRENGTH BUT BECAME MORE NARROW TO NEAR 400 YARDS WIDE AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 49 JUST NORTH OF JONES ROAD WHERE IT DESTROYED 2 HOMES AND
ROLLED A PICK-UP TRUCK 120 YARDS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING U.S. HIGHWAY 280 JUST EAST OF DADEVILLE PRODUCING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES. FROM HERE THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO WESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY PASSING JUST TO THE NORTH OF SIKES. ALONG COUNTY ROAD 54 NORTH OF SIKES…1 HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WEAKENED AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS COUNTY ROAD 66 AND ENDED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 51.

…ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…

A SPECIAL THANKS TO COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE FOR ALL SURVEYS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist and WVUA’s Daniel Sparkman

Bad Numbers Coming from Tuscaloosa County… Update at 4pm Friday

As of 4pm this Friday afternoon, Mayor Walt Maddox has reported 45 deaths and 990 injuries have been reported for the City of Tuscaloosa. Also, 446 people have not been accounted for. Please pray for these people and their families!

Authorities say the death toll from the devastating tornado outbreak across the South has climbed to 318,
making it the deadliest day for twisters since the Great Depression.

Below are some numbers from other bad outbreaks in the past….

 In March 1932, 332 people died, all in Alabama.
 In April 1974, a series of twisters killed 315 people in 11
states.
 The largest death toll ever in the U.S. from twisters was on
March 18, 1925 when 747 people were killed in storms that raged
through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. In that outbreak, a single,
219-mile-long tornado killed 695 people.

The tornado that moved through Tuscaloosa, may be the longest track tornado in US and even world history. Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Friday Afternoon Forecast… Updated at 3:16pm

Your forecast will remain dry through Sunday, so if you are working outside for disaster relief, you still have several dry days to go. Temperatures will get rather hot during the afternoon hours, with highs in the middle 80s. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. I spent much of Thursday working on my house and my neighbor’s houses, and before I knew it, I was getting sunburned.

Skies will remain mostly sunny through Sunday morning, but clouds will gradually spread in Sunday afternoon. Another storm system will affect Alabama on Monday and Tuesday, and so far, there are NO signs of severe weather. I know a lot of you have roof damage, so try to cover your roof by Sunday afternoon.

Sunny skies will return on Sunday and Monday, with temps backing down into the middle 70s. Lows at night will remain in the 50s.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you affected by this horrible disaster. This has been something that I hope we never see again anywhere in this town and this country.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Tornado Video from Tuscaloosa… Updated Friday at 2pm

The video above comes from storm spotter, Matt Spencer.

Above is video from WVUA-TV’s live severe weather coverage during the tornado.

Above is video from storm spotter, Kristopher Montgomery. He did a live phone interview during our severe weather coverage.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

NWS Still to Rate Tuscaloosa Tornado… Update Friday at 1:40pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1131 AM CDT FRI APR 29 2011

…TODAY’S STORM SURVEY AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT PLAN…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WILL CONTINUE THE ASSESSMENT OF STORM DAMAGE FROM A TRAGICALLY HISTORIC DAY OF TORNADIC ACTIVITY AND SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 27TH. A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STORM DAMAGE EXPERT WILL ASSIST US IN EXAMINING THE LOCATIONS OF THE MOST EXTREME DAMAGE TO ENSURE WE PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THIS EVENT AS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONALLY…WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW THE RESULTS OF YESTERDAYS SURVEYS AND WILL PUBLISH INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE REGARDING THE SUMTER TO SHELBY COUNTY SUPERCELL TRACKS.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

More Damage in Tuscaloosa… Updated at 1:30pm on Friday

These are damage pictures from Tuscaloosa County, including the city of Tuscaloosa…

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott and Daniel Sparkman Covering Tuscaloosa Tornado Live… Updated on Friday at 12:30 PM

We watched the tornado form live on our Tuscaloosa tower camera.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com