Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sunday February 17, 2008 Tornado Outbreak

Updated Saturday February 23, 2008

First, here are some excerpts from the NWS Birmingham Storm surveys. Enough cannot be said about the tremendous job these folks are doing.

Exerpts from NWS storm surveys in Alabama and my video review.


…12 TORNADOES AFFECT CENTRAL ALABAMA FEBRUARY 17TH…

TORNADO WATCHES WERE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA BETWEEN 530 AM AND 800 PM.

EF-3 PRATTVILLE TORNADO: AUTAUGA COUNTY…155 MPH.
PATH WAS 14.5 MILES LONG AND WAS 440 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT 200 RESIDENTIAL HOMES AND 40 BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. 50 INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN 300 AND 305 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 PM UNTIL 330PM...ELMORE COUNTY… THE PRATTVILLE TORNADO CONTINUED INTO ELMORE COUNTY NEAR MILLBROOK. THE TORNADO CROSSED INTERSTATE 65 AND STATE HIGHWAY 14 BEFORE LIFTING JUST WEST OF SPEIGNER LAKE. PRODUCED GENERALLY LIGHT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO SEVERAL BUILDINGS. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 PM UNTIL 330 PM. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN ELMORE COUNTY. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM ABOUT 258 PM TO 311 PM.


EF-2 COLLIRENE TORNADO: LOWNDES COUNTY…120 MPH. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 11 MILES LONG AND WAS 225 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. AT LEAST 11 STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED WITH THREE OF THESE BEING COMPLETELY DESTROYED. TEN INJURIES WERE ATTRIBUTED TO THIS TORNADO. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 145 PM UNTIL 245 PM. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM ABOUT 224 PM TO 237 PM.


EF-2 SUMMERFIELD TORNADO:DALLAS COUNTY…WINDS AROUND 120 MPH. PATH WAS 7.6 MILES LONG AND 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. AT LEAST 7 HOMES AND 2 BUSINESSES WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED. TWELVE TO FIFTEEN ADDITIONAL STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED TO VARYING DEGREES. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 1208 PM UNTIL 100 PM. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM ABOUT 1226 PM TO 1238 PM.


EF-2 COTTONTON TORNADO:RUSSELL COUNTY…WINDS AROUND 125 MPH. THE DAMAGE PATH IN ALABAMA WAS 7.8 MILES LONG AND WAS ONE MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. AT LEAST TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND TWO FRAME HOUSES RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. AT LEAST ONE VEHICLE WAS FLIPPED OVER. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND IN RUSSELL COUNTY FROM 340 PM UNTIL 351 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN AFFECT FROM 337 PM UNTIL 415 PM.


EF-1 WEDOWEE TORNADO: RANDOLPH COUNTY… WINDS BETWEEN 90 TO 95 MPH. PATH WAS 14.9 MILES LONG AND WAS 150 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. AT LEAST TWO VEHICLES AND THREE BARNS. ONE SHOP AND NUMEROUS OTHER OUTBUILDINGS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 222 PM AND WAS APPARENTLY ON THE GROUND AT THE GEORGIA STATE LINE AROUND 237 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 208 PM UNTIL 257 PM. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.


Photo from Alabamawx.com - Photo taken by Karl Hofele and relayed to James Spann by Randolph County EMA Director Don Strength.


EF-1 CLANTON TORNADO CHILTON COUNTY… WINDS AROUND 110 MPH. PATH WAS 1.1 MILES LONG AND 200 YARDS WIDE. APPROXIMATELY 15 STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED. THE WORST DAMAGE WAS DUE TO A FEW TREES FALLING ONTO A MOBILE HOME ALONG COUNTY ROAD 41. SEVERAL FAST FOOD RESTAURANT SIGNS AND A COUPLE OF ROAD SIGNS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM 105 TO 106 PM, TWO TORNADO WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR THIS STORM. THE FIRST WAS ISSUED AT 1208 PM AND EXPIRED AT 100 PM. THE SECOND TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 1253 PM AND EXPIRED AT 130 PM. PM.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.


EF-1 SPRING HILL TORNADO: PIKE COUNTY…
WINDS AROUND 100 MPH. PATH WAS 8.3 MILES LONG AND 250 YARDS WIDE IN PIKE COUNTY, ONE HOME AND ONE CHURCH WERE DAMAGED THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND IN PIKE COUNTY FROM ABOUT 223 PM UNTIL 234 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 150 PM UNTIL 245 PM.


EF-1 GOODWATER TORNADO:COOSA AND TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES… WINDS AROUND95 MPH. PATH WAS 10.7 MILES LONG AND 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. AT LEAST 6 HOMES SUFFERED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE ALONG THE
PATH. AT LEAST THREE AUTOMOBILES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FALLEN TREES. NUMEROUS OUTBUILDINGS AND BARNS WERE EITHER DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG THE PATH. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM APPROXIMATELY 142 PM UNTIL 153 PM.


EF-1 GAINO TORNADO: BARBOUR COUNTY… WINDS UP TO 100 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 21.5 MILES LONG AND 75 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 415 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 405 PM UNTIL 445 PM. NOINJURIES WERE REPORTED.


EF-0 MELLOW VALLEY TORNADO: CLAY COUNTY…WINDS BETWEEN 70 AND 75 MPH. PATH WAS 1.6 MILES LONG AND WAS 50 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. ONE HOME SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. IT THEN TRACKED NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING NEAR CATFISH ROAD. REDS CATFISH CABIN HAD A SMALL PART OF THE ROOF TORN OFF. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE SHORT PATH. ONE VEHICLE WAS PARTIALLY LIFTED INTO THE AIR AND ROOF DEBRIS WAS DEPOSITED UNDERNEATH IT. THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 100 PEOPLE IN THE CATFISH RESTAURANT WHEN THE TORNADO HIT. THESE PEOPLE WERE IN THE BASEMENT AFTER THE OWNER TOOK ACTION WHEN HEARING THE WARNING. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 203 PM AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ONLY A MINUTE. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 140 PM UNTIL 215 PM.


EF-0 HACKNEYVILLE TORNADO: TALLAPOOSA COUNTY… WINDS AROUND 70 MPH. PATH WAS 4.5 MILES LONG AND WAS 50 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. A FEW HOMES SUFFERED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND A FEW TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OFF OF LOST SOME LIMBS. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FROM ABOUT 147 PM UNTIL 153 PM. OF NOTE, SEVERAL DOCUMENTS FROM PRATTVILLE FELL OUT OF THE SKY IN AND AROUND THIS LOCATION AFTER THE SECOND SET OF STORMS PASSED BY.


EF-0 BAKER HILL TORNADO: BARBOUR COUNTY
… WINDS UP TO 75 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS ONE-HALF MILE LONG AND 300 YARDS WIDE. IT DESTROYED A BARN, TORE SHINGLES OFF A ROOF, UPROOTED A LARGE PINE TREE AND DAMAGED A TIN ROOF. SEVERAL ROAD SIGNS SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 438 PM. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 405 PM UNTIL 445 PM. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.


From Mobile NWS:

DIXIE TO FAIRFIELD - ESCAMBIA AND COVINGTON COUNTIES, ALABAMA) EF-2
WINDS OF 130-135 MPH...PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 15 MILES LONG AND 500 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. THREE HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN DIXIE...AND TWO LARGE TOWERS WERE DAMAGED. TWO OCCUPANTS OF ONE OF THE HOMES THAT WAS DESTROYED IN DIXIE GOT INTO AN INTERIOR BATHROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE TWO STORY HOUSE...AND COVERED THEMSELVES WITH CUSHIONS. THE TORNADO TORE OFF THE TOP STORY OF THE HOME AND DAMAGED THE LOWER FLOOR...BUT THE TWO RESIDENTS OF THE HOME WERE UNHARMED. ALSO OF NOTE...SOME CENTURY OLD HEADSTONES WERE BLOWN OVER IN A CEMETERY JUST
NORTH OF DIXIE. IN FAIRFIELD...AN ESTIMATED FIVE HOUSES SUFFERED DAMAGE AND ONE HOUSE WAS DESTROYED. THE DAMAGE IN DIXIE OCCURRED AROUND 110 PM CST...AND THE DAMAGE IN FAIRFIELD OCCURRED AROUND 125 PM CST. A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 1229 PM CST UNTIL 130 PM CST FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY...AND WAS EXTENDED INTO COVINGTON COUNTY AT 112 PM CST VALID UNTIL 215 PM CST. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN EITHER DIXIE OR FAIRFIELD.




From Talahassee NWS :
Crenshaw, Coffee County, Pike Counties, AL. EF1
Damage in this area was rated EF-1 by a NWS survey crew from NWS Birmingham, AL. In Coffee County. roofs were torn off a couple of barns with the roof of one single family home partially removed. The damage path of the tornado was estimated to be 100 yards with maximum winds around 95 mph in Pike County.

3 comments:

Dewdrop said...

I look forward to that.

Dewdrop said...

Great stuff Mike! Excellent compilation!

Mike said...

Thanks !!!