Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tornado report from Washington County, Alabama

WKRG Channel 5 in Mobile has published a story about what appears to have been a tornado in the town of McIntosh in Washington County, Alabama. See posts from yesterday's storms below. I have not heard any confirmation yet from the NWS Mobile.

Six homes sustained significant damage.

Here is the video published on the web by WKRG:



Thanks to Roger for his comment on the following:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
200 PM CST JAN 11 2009

...AN EF-1 TORNADO OCCURRED IN MCINTOSH, ALABAMA LAST SATURDAY
AFTERNOON...

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE, ALABAMA
CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY IN MCINTOSH ALABAMA (SOUTHEASTERN
WASHINGTON COUNTY) EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

RATING: EF-1 TORNADO (ESTIMATED AT 97 MPH)
PATH LENGTH: 1.6 STATUTE MILES
PATH WIDTH: 150-200 YARDS WIDE
LOCATION: FROM BOYKIN BOULEVARD TO VICINITY
OF CIBA PLANT ENTRANCE
NEAR IMMEDIATELY EAST OF TOPTON ROAD AND
U.S. HWY 43 INTERSECTION
TIME: 505 PM CST
DATE: JANUARY 10, 2009
INJURIES: NONE
FATALITIES: NONE

ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT ~505 PM...AN EF-1 TORNADO DEVELOPED VERY
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF TOPTON ROAD AND U.S. HWY 43. THE EXACT
BEGINNING OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS JUST YARDS FROM WHERE BOYKIN
BOULEVARD AND GEIGY ROAD MEET. THE DAMAGE PATH ENDED NEAR THE CIBA
PLANT. TWO EYEWITNESSES AT THE CIBA PLANT HEARD THE TORNADO IN
ADVANCE AND THEN WITNESSED THE TORNADO AS IT MOVED THROUGH THEIR
LOCATION. FROM THE DAMAGE INDICATORS OBSERVED DURING THE SURVEY,
THE HIGHEST WIND SPEED RATING OF 104 MPH WAS ASSIGNED DUE TO THE
OBSERVATION OF NUMEROUS PINE TREES WHOSE TRUNKS WERE SNAPPED. EF-1
TORNADO WIND SPEEDS RANGE FROM 86-110 MPH...SO THIS IS CLOSER TO THE
UPPER END OF THE RANGE.

DAMAGE INFORMATION: NUMEROUS LARGE PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AT THEIR
BASES ALONG THE ENTIRE PATH AND EXTENSIVE ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED
TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE HOMES. ONE HOME`S CARPORT WAS COMPLETELY
DESTROYED WITH APPROXIMATELY HALF OF ITS ROOF DECK MISSING. THIS
PARTICULAR RESIDENCE PROVIDED EXCELLENT GROUND TRUTH OF THE
CONVERGING WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADO AS IT MOVED THROUGH
THIS LOCATION.

THE CIBA PLANT EXPERIENCED DAMAGE TO SEVERAL OF ITS BUILDING`S
ROOFS (MAINLY THE LIGHT METAL AWNINGS). HIGH WINDS ALSO BLEW THROUGH
THE GLASS DOOR ENTRY-WAYS OF SEVERAL BUILDINGS. ALSO...THE WINDS
BLEW OUT THE REAR WINDSHIELDS OUT OF AN ENTIRE ROW OF PICKUP TRUCKS.
ONE PICKUP TRUCK IN THE PARKING LOT WAS FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN AND
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE PLANT.

A WEB PAGE IS CURRENTLY BEING ASSEMBLED THAT WILL CONTAIN DAMAGE
PHOTOS...A GRAPHICAL DAMAGE PATH AND RADAR DATA. PLEASE SEE:
HTTP://WW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB.

JEFFREY MEDLIN,
SCIENCE AND OPERATIONS OFFICER
NWS MOBILE ALABAMA

...

1 comment:

Roger said...

000
NWUS54 KMOB 102313
LSRMOB

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
513 PM CST SAT JAN 10 2009

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0506 PM TORNADO MCINTOSH 31.27N 88.03W
01/10/2009 WASHINGTON AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

LAW ENFORCEMENT DISPATCHER REPORTED A TORNADO IN MCINTOSH
ALABAMA.


&&

$$

JOHNW

000
NWUS54 KMOB 112020
LSRMOB

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
220 PM CST SUN JAN 11 2009

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0505 PM TORNADO MCINTOSH 31.27N 88.03W
01/10/2009 WASHINGTON AL NWS STORM SURVEY

DAMAGE CORRELATING TO EF-1 TORNADO FOUND ALONG 1.6 MILE
TRACK FROM BOYKIN BLVD TO CIBA PLANT.


&&

$$

JG