Monday, April 14, 2008

That was a tornado-producing meso in Marshall County...

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
935 AM CDT MON APR 14 2008

..STORM SURVEY IN MARSHALL COUNTY COMPLETED

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE…WORKING WITH OFFICIALS FROM MARSHALL COUNTY EMA…COMPLETED STORM SURVEYS OF THE DAMAGE IN MARSHALL COUNTY FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ON FRIDAY…APRIL 11.

THE SURVEYS CONCENTRATED ON TWO LOCATIONS…ALONG BALL PARK ROAD NEAR THE TOWN OF UNION GROVE…AND RURAL AREAS SOUTHEAST OF GRANT.

NEAR UNION GROVE…SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED…ONE SHED WAS DESTROYED…AND ONE RESIDENCE SUSTAINED MODERATE DAMAGE TO THE BACK OF THE HOME. DAMAGE CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO WAS FOUND. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN EF-0… WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 85 MPH. THE TORNADO DAMAGE EXTENDED FOR APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILES…WITH A MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF 100 FEET.

NEAR GRANT…SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED…SEVERAL BARN STRUCTURES LOST ROOFING MATERIAL…AND SOME HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO…RATED AS AN EF-0…WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 75 MPH. THE TORNADO DAMAGE EXTENDED FOR APPROXIMATELY
1.2 MILES…WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 300 FEET.

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The Union Grove EF-0 tornado was 6 miles to my northwest and Grant was 10 miles to my northeast as I took video and photos of the mesocyclone. There is no way under heaven that I could have reported a tornado, though. The wall cloud was obscured by rain. Here are some photos I took of that parent thunderstorm.

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