Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage… Updated Monday at 9:30pm

These pictures were taken by Tina Whitley of the Tuscaloosa Tornado Damage.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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4 More Tornadoes Added to the Survey… Monday Night Update at 9 PM

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
857 PM CDT MON APR 18 2011

…UPDATED SURVEY INFORMATION FOR PERRY…GREENE…HALE…BIBB
TORNADOES…

…HAMBURG TORNADO (PERRY COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5666/-87.2943 AT 627 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5761/-87.2863 AT 629 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1 MILE
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 500

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE JUST  NORTH OF HAMBURG VIA HELICOPTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE  DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 115  MPH…AND THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY SEVERAL PEOPLE AND STORM  SPOTTERS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2.7 MILES NORTH OF HAMBURG  JUST WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 45. THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF A  BARN AND SEVERAL DOZEN HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES UPROOTED AND SNAPPED.  THE TORNADO CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 45 WHERE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF  HARDWOOD TREES WERE ALSO UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. THE TORNADO LIFTED  ABOUT 0.5 MILES WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 45. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS  1 MILE LONG AND WAS 500 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…FORKLAND TORNADO (GREENE AND HALE COUNTIES)…

PRELIMINARY DATA… EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011 EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 130 INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6426/-87.8456 AT 444 PM  EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8445/-87.5088 AT 522 PM DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 24 MILES DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE THAT  BEGINS EAST OF FORKLAND AND TRAVELS NORTHEAST ALMOST TO THE  BIBB/HALE COUNTY LINE. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE  DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 130  MPH…AND THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY SEVERAL DOZEN PEOPLE AND  STORM SPOTTERS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2.2 MILES EAST OF  FORKLAND ALONG COUNTY ROAD 20. THE TORNADO MAINLY TRAVELED IN FOREST  LAND SNAPPING AND UPROOTING THOUSANDS OF TREES.  JUST NORTH OF  GREENSBORO THE TORNADO SEVERELY DAMAGED THREE MOBILE HOMES ALONG  COUNTY ROAD 21.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CLOSE TO THE  TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST…WHERE MORE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND  UPROOTED.  THE TORNADO LIFTED NORTH OF STATE HIGHWAY 25…2.4 MILES  WEST OF THE BIBB COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 24 MILES  LONG AND WAS 0.5 MILES WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…GREENSBORO TORNADO (HALE COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.7285/-87.6276 AT 331 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.7566/-87.6097 AT 337 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.2 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 700

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE THAT  BEGINS 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF GREENSBORO AND TRAVELS NORTHEAST TO  3.7 MILES NORTH OF THE CITY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE  DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 115  MPH…AND THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY SEVERAL DOZEN PEOPLE AND  STORM SPOTTERS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR STATE HIGHWAY 14 AND  LIFTED NEAR STATE HIGHWAY 69. THERE WERE NO KNOWN INJURIES…BUT ONE
PERSON WAS TRAPPED IN AN OVERTURNED MOBILE HOME FOR SEVERAL HOURS.   THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO WINDOWS AND THE ROOF OF A CHURCH AND  MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE OCCURED TO SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES. SEVERAL HUNDRED TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE TORNADO
DAMAGE PATH WAS 2.2 MILES LONG AND WAS 700 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST  POINT.

…WEST BLOCTON (BIBB COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 105
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.9040/-87.3625 AT 359 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1092/-87.0773 AT 434 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 21.8 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE THAT  BEGINS 13.4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CENTREVILLE…TRAVELING NORTHEAST TO  2.8 MILES EAST OF WEST BLOCTON. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE  DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 105  MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 25…3 MILES WEST  OF COUNTY ROAD 16…WHERE THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND  UPROOTED ALONG THE PATH.  MOST OF THE DAMAGE CONSISTED OF  TREES…HOWEVER…THERE WAS SOME STRUCTURE DAMAGE AS THE TORNADO  CROSSED HIGHWAY 5 SOUTH OF WEST BLOCTON.  THERE WAS MODERATE ROOF  DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND TREES ON A MOBILE HOME. SIDING WAS ALSO  BLOWN OFF OF ONE SIDE OF A HOUSE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST  LIFTING ALONG COUNTY ROAD 24…3 MILES EAST OF WEST BLOCTON. THE  TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 21.8 MILES LONG AND WAS AROUND 0.5 MILES WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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Geiger Tornado Rated EF-3…1 Mile Wide Tornado! Updated Monday at 4:47 PM

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
354 PM CDT MON APR 18 2011

…UPDATED SURVEY INFORMATION OF GEIGER TORNADO…
…CORRECTED WIND SPEED OF BOONES CHAPEL TORNADO…

…GEIGER TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140-150
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8472/-88.3569 AT 145 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8917/-88.1835 AT 204 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 10.5
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 1 MILE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR GEIGER VIA HELICOPTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 140-150 MPH…AND THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY DOZENS OF PEOPLE AND STORM SPOTTERS. THE TORNADO WAS A CONTINUATION OF AN EF-3 TORNADO MOVING EAST OUT OF KEMPER COUNTY MISSISSIPPI. IT CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA STATE LINE 1.5 MILES NORTH OF MISSISSIPPI 16 AND SUMTER COUNTY ROAD 30. SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES WEST OF GEIGER SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST WHERE THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.  THE TORNADO EVENTUALLY LIFTED NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER AT THE SUMTER AND GREEN COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 10.5 MILES LONG AND WAS 1 MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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Wallcloud/Tornado Video from Marengo County – Updated Monday at 4:32 PM

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Here’s some video of the wall cloud and tornado over Marengo County on Friday. This storm produced a tornado.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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More Severe Weather Pictures from West AL… Updated Monday at 4:30 PM

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Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 3:38pm Update

A good Monday to you! After a very long Friday, the National Weather Service is still looking at damage and tornado paths. Keep it right here on WVUA’s weather blog for the latest on the tornado surveys.

Our forecast will go mild over the next few days, with highs in the middle 80s each day this week. Lows at night will continue to be in the middle 60s through this week as well. With a very moist and warm airmass in place, skies will remain partly cloudy through the weekend. A ridge of high pressure will be blocking a strong storm system from moving into the deep south on Wednesday and Thursday. A major tornado outbreak is expected on Tuesday northwest ofAlabama, but the ridge will block the energy from reachingAlabama. As the cold front sags into the state, showers and storms will break out on Wednesday and Thursday, with the best chance of rain happening north ofGreensboro. The front will then stall and lift back northward on Friday, so we should return to full sunshine. Temperatures will try to reach the upper 80s.

It’s going to feel muggy each day this week, with high humidity. Heat index values could exceed 90 degrees during the afternoon hours. A stray shower or two becomes possible again on Saturday and Sunday, with scattered afternoon stuff. Rain chances look rather low at this point.

Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 for the very latest. Also, if you have any weather picture, send them to weather@wvuatv.com

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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New Tornadoes Confirmed – Monday Update at 3pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
753 AM CDT MON APR 18 2011

…CORRECTED DATE OF WILSONVILLE TORNADO……CORRECTED WIND SPEED OF BOONES CHAPEL TORNADO…
…REARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY TO IMPROVE READABILITY…

…GEIGER TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 135
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.86/-88.33 AT 148 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.90/-88.19 AT 204 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 8.6
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 1 MILE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR GEIGER VIA HELICOPTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 135 MPH…AND THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY DOZENS OF PEOPLE AND STORM SPOTTERS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1 MILE WEST OF GEIGER WHERE SEVERAL HOMES= AND BUSINESSES SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST WHERE THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.  THE TORNADO EVENTUALLY LIFTED NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER AT THE SUMTER AND GREEN COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 8.6 MILES LONG AND WAS 1 MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. ADDITIONAL GROUND SURVEYS WILL LIKELY BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF A HIGHER EF RATING IS NECESSARY.

…CUBA TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4359/-88.3288 AT 358 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4839/-88.1868 AT 410 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 8.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHIEF REED VAUGHAN AND MEMBERS OF THE CUBA FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO SURVEYED THE DAMAGE EAST OF CUBA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 115 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR US HIGHWAY 80 AT MILE MARKER 3 WHERE SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING ALABAMA HIGHWAY 17 WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED TO TWO RESIDENCES AND TWO OUTBUILDINGS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED.  FURTHER NORTHEAST…THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT NEAR COUNTY ROAD 13 ABOUT 7 MILES SOUTH OF LIVINGSTON. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 8.9 MILES LONG AND 200 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…ALABASTER TORNADO (SHELBY COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 70
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2380/-86.8363 AT 459 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2449/-86.8141 AT 502 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.36
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN ALABASTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 70 MPH. THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY SEVERAL RESIDENTS INCLUDING POLICE OFFICERS. A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN ALABASTER JUST BEHIND THE EVANGEL CHURCH ON THOMPSON ROAD. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND LIFTED NEAR HIGHWAY 31 AT THE ALABASTER CITY HALL. THE MOST CONCENTRATED DAMAGE OCCURED ALONG 8TH STREET SW AND 6TH STREET SW. IN THIS LOCATION, SEVERAL TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND SEVERAL LANDED ON HOMES. MUCH OF THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS MUCH WEAKER DAMAGE AND WAS GENERALLY LIMITED TO BROKEN TREE LIMBS. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 1.36 MILES LONG AND WAS 50 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…WILSONVILLE TORNADO (SHELBY COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85-90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2477/-86.5256 AT 545 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2680/-86.4537 AT 550 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.25
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR WILSONVILLE. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 85 AND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF WILSONVILLE ON LARGIN ROAD. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF OR WERE UPROOTED IN THIS LOCATION. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD MOVING JUST NORTH OF WILSONVILLE. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 25 NEAR THE LAY LAKE INLET. THE MOST CONCENTRATE DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE VERY END OF THE DAMAGE PATH NEAR COUNTY ROAD 441. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF OR WERE UPROOTED FROM COUNTY ROAD 441 TO THE END POINT. ADDITIONALLY, ONE HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE AND ONE HORSE TRAILER WAS THROWN AT LEAST 100 YARDS. MUCH OF THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS MUCH WEAKER DAMAGE AND WAS GENERALLY LIMITED TO BROKEN TREE LIMBS. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 4.25 MILES LONG AND WAS 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6004/-87.0091 AT 705 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6013/-87.0079 AT 707 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.1 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 75

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE WEST OF THE PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHDOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 272 UPROOTING SEVERAL HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES…CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ONE MOBILE HOME. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 0.1 MILES LONG AND 75 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…MARION JUNCTION TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4700/-87.2346 AT 748 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4713/-87.2320 AT 750 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.2 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE JUST NORTH OF MARION JUNCTION. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE BRIEF TOUCHDOWN OCCURED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 58 LIFTING NORTHEAST AT COUNTY ROAD 944. A METAL WAREHOUSE SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO ITS OUTER WALLS AND ROOF. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 0.2 MILES LONG AND 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…SELMA TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3769/-87.0928 AT 812 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3879/-87.0893 AT 814 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.8 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE JUST WEST OF SELMA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 22 JUST WEST OF SUNSET STRIP RD
TRAVELING NORTHEAST TO NORTH OF WILDWOOD DR.  THIS BRIEF TOUCHDOWN UPROOTED SEVERAL HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ONE RESIDENCE NEAR WILDWOOD DR. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 0.8 MILES LONG AND WAS 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…MULBERRY TORNADO (AUTAUGA COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4567/-86.7873 AT 934 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4814/-86.7691 AT 936 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.0
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR MULBERRY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 14 JUST WEST OF MULBERRY TRAVELING NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY ROADS 101 AND 9.  THE TORNADO LIFTED ONE QUARTER MILE NORTHEAST OF COUNTY ROAD 9. THE DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH WAS LIMITED TO SEVERAL DOZEN HARDWOOD TREES BEING UPROOTED. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 2.0 MILES LONG AND 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…ADDITIONAL AUTAUGA COUNTY DATA…

THERE WERE FOUR SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS THAT TRACKED ACROSS AUTAUGA COUNTY FROM 826 PM THROUGH 1102 PM.  THE MULBERRY TORNADO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AND VERIFIED…HOWEVER…THE OTHER THREE STORMS ARE AWAITING FURTHER ASSESSMENT.  PRELIMINARY DAMAGE INDICATES THAT
POSSIBLY TWO SEPARATE WEAK TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN NEAR INDEPENDENCE AND MARBURY.  A THIRD MUCH STRONGER TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR BOONES CHAPEL AND TRAVELED EAST…WELL INTO ELMORE…COOSA…AND POSSIBLY TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES.  PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS WOULD RATE THIS TORNADO AS AN EF-3 WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 140 MPH WITH A PATH WIDTH NEAR ONE QUARTER MILE. DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL CONTINUE IN AUTAUGA…ELMORE…AND TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES.

…EVENT OVERVIEW…

A POTENT STORM SYSTEM AFFECTED A LARGE PART OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN UNITED STATES. SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRED FROM THURSDAY APRIL 14TH THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 16TH. TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN KANSAS…OKLAHOMA…TEXAS…LOUISIANA…MISSOURI… ILLINOIS…MISSISSIPPI…ALABAMA…GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS. ADDITIONALLY…DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND LARGE HAIL OCCURRED.

NUMEROUS LONG-LIVED SUPERCELLS DEVELOPED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA FRIDAY APRIL 15TH. THOUSANDS OF TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWNED AND THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.

…ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. AT THIS TIME SURVEY TEAMS WILL BE OUT IN THE FIELD AGAIN ON MONDAY AND POSSIBLE THROUGH MIDWEEK ACCESSING NUMEROUS AND WIDESPREAD DAMAGE LOCATIONS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND TREMENDOUS APPRECIATION TO THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND TROOPER WARD FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE AERIAL SURVEY.

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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-856-0758      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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