Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hale County tornado

A tornado was reported last night in the Hale County, Alabama community of Newbern. Hale County is south of Tuscaloosa. I will post more details soon. The latest reports say two people were injured.

From the NWS:
1052 PM TSTM WND DMG NEWBERN 32.59N 87.54W10/22/2007 HALE AL EMERGENCY MNGR
*** 1 INJ *** NUMEROUS TREES DOWN WITH SOME ON HOUSESALONG COUNTY ROAD 16. 15 HOUSES DAMAGED…3 TRAILERSOVERTURNED…NUMEROUS DOWNED POWER LINES. POSSIBLETORNADO.

The Birmingham NWS had warnings in place:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1044 PM CDT MON OCT 22 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR…NORTHWESTERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…EASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GREENSBORO…

* UNTIL 1115 PM CDT

* AT 1039 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED ASEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
LANEVILLE…OR 14 MILES EAST OF DEMOPOLIS…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35
MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…NEWBERN BY 1050 PM CDT…GREENSBORO BY 1055 PM CDT…MORGAN SPRINGS BY 1105 PM CDT…WATEROAK BY 1110 PM CDT…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER AWORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT ISAVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN ANINTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TOCOVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE ASUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THENEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
959 PM CDT MON OCT 22 2007

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR…SOUTHWESTERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…EASTERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LINDEN…SOUTH CENTRAL HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1030 PM CDT

* AT 956 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED ASEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR OCTAGON…OR 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LINDEN…MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.

More damage reports from JB Elliott at Alabamawx.com

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