18 Tornadoes Tracks Confirmed in Central AL…. #alwx @wvua23

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Here’s the latest on the confirmed tornado paths from this past weekend severe weather outbreak. 18 tornadoes have now been confirmed…

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
309 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2017

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS THURSDAY 1/19 THROUGH SUNDAY 1/22…
…CONFIRMED NUMBER OF TORNADOES NOW UP TO 17 IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
…UPDATED FOR AUTAUGA COUNTY SURVEY…
…CORRECTIONS TO DATA ON TRACK NUMBERS: 7.

A team went down to Autauga County. No tornado damage was found from
this event. Only isolated straight line wind damage was noted. No
additional surveys are anticipated.

No additional storm surveys are planned at this time.

.#1 TREASURE ISLAND TORNADO (ST. CLAIR) Thursday 1/19…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.70 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   175 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 19 2017
Start Time:             558 pm CST
Start Location:         2 ENE Coosa Island
Start Lat/Lon:          33.4785 / -86.3045

End Date:               Jan 19 2017
End Time:               600 pm CST
End Location:           5 SSW Pell City
End Lat/Lon:            33.4877 / -86.3025

Survey Summary:

A persistent mesocyclone spun up a brief weak tornado within a
line of thunderstorms as it passed through St Clair County.  The
tornado touched down on Logan Martin Lake just south of the
eastern shore of Treasure Island.  The tornado tracked northward
parallel to and just off the shores of the island, with the initial
damage pointing largely offshore.  Four boathouses were destroyed
and a few trees were snapped or uprooted here, but the path of the
tornado was far enough offshore so as not to cause any structural
damage to the homes another 50 to 100 feet further inland.  As the
tornado continued northward across a large cove, it remained
completely over water. As it approached the northeastern tip of
the island, which jutted out into the lake, the tornado came ashore
again and peeled metal roofing off a well-built boathouse.  The
tornado reached maximum strength here, with 10 large hardwood trees
uprooted in a concentrated area in a convergent pattern.  The
tornado passed offshore again and dissipated before reaching the
opposite point on the lake. A special thanks to the St. Clair County
Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

.#2 PUTNAM TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length (Statute):  5.50 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   800 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             529 am CST
Start Location:         3 WSW Putnam
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0081 / -88.0885

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               537 am CST
End Location:           1 E Putnam
End Lat/Lon:            32.0237 / -88.0173

Survey Summary:

This tornado continued from Choctaw County where EF2 damage
occurred. The tornado crossed into Marengo County near the Slater
Community on Blue Rock Road. The tornado moved northeast and
generally parallel Blue Rock Road into the Putnam Community. The
tornado crossed State Highway 69 and lifted east of Putnam on CR
4. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. At
least one mobile home was destroyed and several homes sustained
roof damage.

.#3 WAYNE TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.20 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   900 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             555 am CST
Start Location:         1 ESE Wayne
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0988 / -87.7823

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               601 am CST
End Location:           1 E Miller
End Lat/Lon:            32.1570 / -87.7634

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along US Highway 43 near Sweetwater
Creek and Wayne Road. The tornado tracked north northeast and
downed several trees along the path. A few outbuildings were
damaged. The tornado lifted north of Pillie Road and Diamond Road,
east of US Highway 43.

.#4 WETUMPKA TORNADO (ELMORE) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.54 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   450 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             755 am CST
Start Location:         1 SW Wetumpka
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5299 / -86.2179

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               758 am CST
End Location:           1 NW Wetumpka
End Lat/Lon:            32.5504 / -86.2081

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down on the north side of the Coosa River,
south of South Boundary Street. The tornado tracked north
northeast right into Wetumpka. Just after crossing South Boundary
Street, the tornado began snapping and uprooting trees. The
strongest winds appeared to be between West Bridge Street and West
Tuskeena Street where several large trees were down and a church was
damaged. The tornado continued north northeast where several more
trees were downed and several structures received minor roof damage.
The tornado lifted near Wetumpka City Park and North Bridge Street.

.#5 WILLOW SPRINGS RD TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.68 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             755 am CST
Start Location:         2 SSE Blue Ridge
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4692 / -86.1733

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               756 am CST
End Location:           1.5 SE Blue Ridge
End Lat/Lon:            32.4785 / -86.1697

Survey Summary:

A tornado touched down briefly just south of Willow Springs
Road and moved north northeast, parallel to Harwell Mill Creek,
knocking down a dozen trees. One tree fell on and destroyed an
outbuilding. The tornado lifted quickly just north of Willow
Springs Road and east of Ross Ridge Lane.

.#6 EMERALD MOUNTAIN TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.21 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   90 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             757 am CST
Start Location:         2 S Emerald Mountain
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4359 / -86.1064

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               757 am CST
End Location:           1 S Emerald Mountain
End Lat/Lon:            32.4388 / -86.1052

Survey Summary:

A tornado briefly touched down along Rifle Range Road near Emerald
Mountain Christian Academy, causing damage to fencing and metal
siding at the school. The tornado tracked to the northeast before
quickly lifting east of Mountain Laurel Road.

.#7 SOCIETY HILL TORNADO (MACON & LEE COUNTIES)…Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.84 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             848 am CST
Start Location:         3 N Society Hill
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4740 / -85.4557

End Date: Jan 21 2017
End Time:850 am CST
End Location: 4 SW Beauregard
End Lat/Lon:32.5090 / -85.4303

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down north of Society Hill near the intersection
of Macon CR 43 and Macon CR 24. Several trees were snapped off and
one home suffered roof damage shortly after touch down. The tornado
tracked north northeast where it produced additional tree damage.
One home along Macon CR 43 suffered roof damage. The tornado
continued on its path and eventually lifted after crossing into Lee
County near the Auburn University Fisheries.

.#8 WRIGHT CROSSROADS TORNADO (LEE COUNTY)…Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.38 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             849 am CST
Start Location:         5 S Auburn
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5267 / -85.4825

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               853 am CST
End Location:           3 SSE Auburn
End Lat/Lon:            32.5500 / -85.4523

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed along CR 23 south of Sand Hill Road where
several trees were uprooted. It crossed Sand Hill Road and Wrights
Mill Road near Wright Crossroads, and then uprooted several trees
at Springwood Drive and Old Creek Trail just inside the Auburn
city limits. The tornado then dissipated as it approached Lake
Ogletree.

.#9 TROY/LOUISVILLE TORNADO (PIKE & BARBOUR COUNTIES) Saturday
1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  37.47 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             855 am CST
Start Location:         5 N Goshen
Start Lat/Lon:          31.7870 / -86.1345

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               938 am CST
End Location:           3 E Louisville
End Lat/Lon:            31.7882 / -85.4987

Survey Summary:

A long-lived tornado touched down along CR 1107, about 5 miles
north of Goshen. The tornado traveled almost due east and produced
mostly EF0 damage to near Troy. One grove of trees sustained EF1
damage in southeast Troy while the remainder of the damage was
relatively light. The tornado continued eastward. South of Banks,
the tornado again produced EF1 damage and the strongest winds.
Just south of CR 18, a mobile home suffered significant damage.
The two occupants were uninjured as they took shelter after
hearing about the warning. The tornado proceeded east where it
downed tress and caused minor roof damage. The tornado lifted just
east of Louisville off of Carroway Road. The tornado damage width
was mainly under 100 yards except at the two higher damage
locations.

.#10 MOORES MILL ROAD TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.07 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             856 am CST
Start Location:         2 NNE Beauregard
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5626 / -85.3572

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               858 am CST
End Location:           5 SSE Opelika
End Lat/Lon:            32.5777 / -85.3529

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed along Lee Road 413 north of Beauregard just
south of Moores Mill Road, causing shingle damage and knocking
down some branches. The tornado crossed Moores Mill Road east of
SR 51. Several trees were uprooted as it crossed Lee Road 417
before dissipating.

.#11 ROBINSON CREEK TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    65 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.82 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             900 am CST
Start Location:         3 SSE Opelika
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6138 / -85.3677

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               901 am CST
End Location:           2 SSE Opelika
End Lat/Lon:            32.6240 / -85.3603

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed near the intersection of Ballard Avenue and
Edgemont Street on the south side of Opelika, just east of SR 51,
where shingle damage occurred. A pine tree was knocked down as
the tornado crossed SR 169. Several pine trees were uprooted and
more shingle damage occurred as the tornado crossed Old Columbus
Road before dissipating.

.#12 CRAWFORD TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0 Estimated
Peak Wind:              80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.13 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   50 yards
Fatalities:             0 Injuries:              0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             908 am CST
Start Location:         2 NW Crawford
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4811 / -85.2189

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               908 am CST
End Location:           2 NW Crawford
End Lat/Lon:            32.4828 / -85.2183

Survey Summary:

A brief tornado touched down in the Haley Woods subdivision
causing minor damage to several roofs and wooden fences. Damage
was confined to houses near one intersection within the
neighborhood.

.#13 SMITHS STATION TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.95 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             919 am CST
Start Location:         1 SW Smiths Station
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5294 / -85.1094

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               920 am CST
End Location:           Smiths Station
End Lat/Lon:            32.5377 / -85.0971

Survey Summary:

A tornado touched down west southwest of Smiths Station, along
County Road 581 and tracked to the northeast downing dozens of
trees. The tornado destroyed many buildings at the Smiths Station
School Athletic Complex, and damaged several additional buildings.
The tornado quickly lifted just northeast of the school.

.#14 HAGLER TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.03 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             1236 am CST
Start Location:         1 N of Hagler
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0439 / -87.3412

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               1237 am CST
End Location:           1 N of Hagler
End Lat/Lon:            33.0471 / -87.3381

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down briefly north of Hagler along Hagler
Coaling Road, downing a dozen trees. The tornado tracked north
northeast, downing a tree onto a home, before lifting on the
northeast side of a small pond.

.ONEONTA WIND DAMAGE (BLOUNT COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.40 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1000 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             138 am CST
Start Location:         Oneonta
Start Lat/Lon:          33.9464 / -86.4761

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               140 am CST
End Location:           Oneonta
End Lat/Lon:            33.9464 / -86.4761

Survey Summary:

A storm survey was conducted in Blount County, with a particular
focus on the city of Oneonta. It was determined that the
significant damage sustained was from straight line winds. The
determination was made from the divergent tree and damage pattern,
and the absence of debris splatter on the leeward facing sides of
the damaged structures. In the immediate downtown area, over 60
structures were damaged or destroyed and approximately 200 trees
were either snapped or uprooted. The peak wind speeds were estimated
between 70 and 80 mph, and this was confirmed by a weather
observation station located at the Oneonta fire department that
measured 77 mph. Special thanks to the Blount County EMA office,
the Blount County E911 Director, and the Oneonta Public Safety
Director for their assistance in the damage survey.

.#15 SHOPTON TORNADO (BULLOCK COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.20 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   330 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             106 pm CST
Start Location:         1 NW Shopton
Start Lat/Lon:          32.1254 / -85.9570

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               111 pm CST
End Location:           2 NNE Shopton
End Lat/Lon:            32.1386 / -85.9269

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down northwest of Shopton along US Highway 82.
At least one home suffered damage near US Highway 82. The tornado
tracked northeast and mainly produced tree damage. The tornado
lifted northeast of Shopton east of CR 37.

.#16 LONGLEAF DRIVE TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.92 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             146 pm CST
Start Location:         4 NE Tuskegee National Forest
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5302 / -85.5572

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               156 pm CST
End Location:           1 SW Auburn
End Lat/Lon:            32.5797 / -85.5004

Survey Summary:

The tornado formed along CR 14 just south of I-85 where a few
small pine trees were uprooted and some large branches were
broken. The tornado continues northeast, crossing I-85 near
Beehive Road and Cox Road, before peeling back half of the roof of
a mobile home at the Windover Farm mobile home park. It crossed
Veterans Boulevard and then caused shingle damage to multiple
apartment buildings near Longleaf Drive while breaking tree
branches. The tornado dissipated as it crossed SR 267 near the
southwest boundary of the Auburn University campus.

.#17 SHADY PARK TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length (Statute):  3.09 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   540 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             200 pm CST
Start Location:         1 NE Robert G. Pitts Airport
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6262 / -85.4207

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               207 pm CST
End Location:           1 ESE Sougahatchee Lake
End Lat/Lon:            32.6677 / -85.4015

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along Cunningham Drive, just northeast of
the Auburn Regional Airport. Minor damage occurred at touch down
but increased in the Pepperell area at US Highway 280 and
Pepperell Parkway. Several trees were snapped or uprooted and some
homes suffered damage. The tornado continued north northeast where
it snapped and uprooted numerous trees. The tornado lifted near
Northgate Drive and Oak Bowery Road in northwest Opelika.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies
tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0…Weak……65 to 85 mph
EF1…Weak……86 to 110 mph
EF2…Strong….111 to 135 mph
EF3…Strong….136 to 165 mph
EF4…Violent…166 to 200 mph
EF5…Violent…>200 mph

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data. Also as tornadoes are added, the subsequent number may
change to keep in chronological order.

Additional Public Information Statements will be issued periodically
through the day, as survey teams report back their findings. For
media concerns please contact the NWS Birmingham office and we
will get you in touch with the teams.

A major contribution to the success of our severe weather warning
program is the receipt of storm reports from all our customers and
partners. If you witnessed or are aware of any storm damage due to
high winds or tornadoes, please contact your local emergency
management office. You can also report severe weather by using
#bmxwx on Twitter.

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