Friday, April 13, 2007

Five Tornadoes in Alabama Wed. 4/11/07

Below are the Public Information Statement and preliminary storm survey results from the NWS Birmingham from Wednesday's storms.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
804 PM CDT THU APR 12 2007

...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 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 505 PM. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR ELMORE COUNTY FROM 140 PM UNTIL 800 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FOR ELMORE COUNTY FROM 427 PM UNTIL 600 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 347 PM UNTIL 349 PM. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR BIBB AND CHILTON COUNTIES FROM 140 PM UNTIL 800 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FOR BIBB COUNTY 249 PM UNTIL 400 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FOR CHILTON COUNTY FROM 327 PM UNTIL 430 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 EF0 DAMAGE. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM APPROXIMATELY 554 PM UNTIL 616 PM. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR MACON AND RUSSELL COUNTIES FROM 345 PM UNTIL 1000 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FOR MACON COUNTY FROM 509 PM UNTIL 730 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FOR RUSSELL COUNTY FROM 555 PM UNTIL 730 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 518 PM UNTIL 520 PM CDT. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR TALLAPOOSA COUNTY FROM 411 PM UNTIL 10 PM CDT. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 430 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 314 PM UNTIL 316 PM. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY FROM
140 PM UNTIL 800 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 304 PM UNTIL 330 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.

TO REPORT STORM DAMAGE...LARGE HAIL OCCURRENCES...OR TREE DAMAGE...
PLEASE CALL 1-800-856-0758.
$$
LINHARES

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