Lots of Rain Ahead… Mild Temps! Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! We started off chilly this morning, but conditions became spring-like this afternoon, with widespread upper 60s to low 70s. Clouds have rapidly returned to most of our area as of 4:30pm, and a large batch of rain is overspreading west Alabama. Central and north Alabama will catch this rain later this evening. This will mark the beginning of a very wet weekend coming up.

Rain will continue on and off on both Saturday and Sunday, as waves of rain and storms move into the area from the southwest. This doesn’t appear to be a severe weather setup over the weekend, but we’ll keep an eye on radar trends. With lots of moisture involved with this setup and uplift over the area, expect locally heavy rain at times, which could lead to flooding issues. Our entire area is under a flood watch through the weekend.

Showers will linger into Monday and Tuesday as well, with a mainly cloudy sky. The cold front will stall somewhere across Alabama, and depending on where the front stalls will depending on where the front stalls will determine your local temperatures on Monday. I’ve got a high in the low 60s, but northwest Alabama could be in the 50s all day, with 70s southeast of I-59. Unfortunately, Monday will be a tricky temperature forecast.

The front will quickly build northward, and our entire area will reach the lower 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday. We could even reach the middle 70s by Thursday. With a deep layer of tropical moisture in place, a few scattered showers will be possible each day next week.

Rain amounts will be high with the upcoming rains. Here’s the latest totals over the next 7 days… Widespread 2-4″ is expected, with some areas getting over 4″

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3:50pm Friday: Final Tornado Update from Wednesday AM… 6 Tornado Paths Found. #alwx @wvua23

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Here’s a long list of information from the National Weather Service on every tornado path found with the Wednesday AM event. All tornadoes were very weak EF-Os except for one EF-1 in northern Marengo County. If there was a tornado in your area, search below for that specific information.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
636 PM CST Thu Feb 8 2018

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR 02/07/2018 TORNADO EVENT – UPDATE #2…

…UPDATED TO INCLUDE SUMTER AND MARENGO COUNTY TORNADOES…

.OVERVIEW…
A line of thunderstorms moved across Central Alabama during the
morning hours of Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Supercells embedded
within the line were responsible for producing large hail, damaging
winds, and at least five confirmed tornadoes. An area of damage in
southern Marengo County near Sweet Water will be surveyed on Friday
to determine if an additional tornado occurred.

.Tornado #1…

Siloam Tornado (Sumter County)

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph
Path Length (Statute): 1.98 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 150 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             02/07/2018
Start Time:             5:11 AM CST
Start Location:         5 N Ward / Sumter / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4284 / -88.2756

End Date:               02/07/2018
End Time:               5:14 AM CST
End Location:           5 NNE Ward / Sumter / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.4257 / -88.2419

Survey Summary:
The tornado started on the east side of a private lake south of Buck
Creek where it downed 2 trees, one causing minor damage to the
westward facing roof of a lake house. The tornado continued generally
eastward into a forested area near Buck Creek toward three residences
where it downed several trees in a general northerly direction. The
tornado continued further east toward a convenience store at the
intersection of County Road 9 and Highway 17 where it caused heavy
roof damage to the south side of a house and tore two pieces of sheet
metal off of the service station on the northeast side. The tornado
continued east through a densely forested area with no road access,
and timber damage was found further east along a portion of Walker
Road between Highway 17 and U.S. Highway 80 where several large trees
were downed. The tornado likely dissipated to the east of this
point. Dense forest and no roads prevented us from refining the end
point.

 

.Tornado #2…

Gallion Tornado (Marengo/Hale Co)

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length (Statute): 11.5 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 1100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             02/07/2018
Start Time:             5:44 AM CST
Start Location:         2 NNW Old Spring Hill / Marengo / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4636 / -87.7895

End Date:               02/07/2018
End Time:               5:58 AM CST
End Location:           2 N Faunsdale / Hale / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.4851 / -87.5952

Survey Summary:
The tornado began near the intersection of U.S. Highway 43 and County
Road 54 where damage to cedar trees was observed. The tornado
continued east through a heavily forested area and crossed French
Creek. Tree damage was observed along County Road 1. The tornado
moved further east crossing Alabama Highway 69 where, on the north
side, a large tree crushed the south side of a single wide mobile
home. Further south, on the south side of the path, near Windsor
Drive and Alabama Highway 69, a large farm equipment building lost
its roof and walls while wooden supports remained in tact. Two mobile
homes nearby sustained minor damage to their roofs and siding on the
south side. A 5th wheel RV camper was blown over and crushed a
vehicle. Trees were uprooted and split in the vicinity. The tornado
pushed east, paralleling Windsor Drive, and caused additional damage
to trees that were either uprooted or split. The damage peaked where
a single wide mobile home was lofted and blown to the northeast about
30 feet from its original position. The mobile home was less than a
year old but appeared to lack any substantial anchoring system. The
walls and roof were completely torn away from the floor base and
nearly all of the contents were deposited downwind. This appears to
be the climax of the tornado’s intensity, and winds were estimated to
be near 100 mph. To the south of the mobile home’s original position
was a metal barn that collapsed and destroyed. The tornado continued
to the east where it caused damage to an agricultural crop sprinkler
system and snapped a power pole along Allenville Road. It then
crossed U.S. Highway 80 and damaged two road signs and caused timber
damage. The tornado tracked even further east and dissipated just
across the Hale County line along Alabama Highway 25 where the timber
damage became more sporadic and less defined.

 

.Tornado #3…

Shady Grove Road Tornado (Bibb County)

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 65 mph
Path Length (Statute): 0.67 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             02/07/2018
Start Time:             5:51 AM CST
Start Location:         3 NNW Randolph / Bibb / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9484 / -86.9247

End Date:               02/07/2018
End Time:               5:52 AM CST
End Location:           4 N Randolph / Bibb / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.9512 / -86.9137

Survey Summary:
A weak EF-0 tornado touched down just to the west of Shady Grove Road
just north of the Randolph Community in SE Bibb County. About 20-30
trees were either snapped or uprooted. Roof damage occurred to one
home on Shady Grove Loop when a tree fell on it. Another home
had a few shingles removed on Alabama Highway 139. The tornado was
estimated to have dissipated just to the east of Highway 139.

 

.Tornado #4…

Jemison Tornado (Chilton County)

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph
Path Length (Statute): 2.55 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 300 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             02/07/2018
Start Time:             6:03 AM CST
Start Location:         2 miles W of Jemison / Chilton / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9578 / -86.7844

End Date:               02/07/2018
End Time:               6:06 AM CST
End Location:           Jemison / Chilton / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.9644 / -86.7422

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists determined that damage near Jemison, AL was the
result of a tornado. The tornado began near the intersection of CR-
25 and CR-42 about 2 miles west of Jemison, and traveled east along
CR-42. Damage along the first 1.5 miles of the path was minimal and
confined to downed limbs and a loss of metal roofing and shingles on
a few structures. The tornado quickly intensified and grew wider near
the intersection of CR-42 and CR-38, where numerous structures
sustained damage. The St. James Highland Bible Church lost a
significant portion of its metal roof and wooden trusses. The roof
did not appear to be particularly well constructed, and damage was
consistent with winds near 80 mph. Supporting evidence for the
classification of a tornado was quite strong in this location, and
debris from the church was thrown northward across the path of the
tornado. Several homes near this location also sustained a loss of
shingles and other roof covering materials. The tornado weakened
somewhat as it moved eastward toward downtown Jemison, where falling
trees caused significant damage to mobile homes near the intersection
of Patton Street and Hotel Street. As the tornado moved just east of
Highway 31, damage was relatively minor and limited to carports,
shingles, and a few uprooted trees. The tornado dissipated about one-
quarter mile east of Highway 31 near Chilton Circle.

 

.Tornado #5…

Vida Junction Tornado (Autauga County)

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70 mph
Path Length (Statute): 2.09 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 150 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             02/07/2018
Start Time:             7:04 AM CST
Start Location:         2 WSW Vida Junction / Autauga / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5603 / -86.7174

End Date:               02/07/2018
End Time:               7:08 AM CST
End Location:           1 SSW Vida Junction / Autauga / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.566 / -86.6842

Survey Summary:
A weak EF-0 tornado touched down just to the west of County Road 79
in rural Autauga County and moved eastward crossing County Road 19.
Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. The damage path
widened just to the west of County Road 19. A single family home sustained
minor siding damage and several trees were snapped an uprooted around the
home. Splattering of debris was noted on two sides of the home. The
tornado continued across County Road 19 and quickly dissipated, as no
further damage was found further east on U.S. Highway 82.

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.