Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2 Tornadoes in Lawrence (EF0 & EF1), 2 in Morgan (Both EF0)

Storm came in a hurry Franklin, Lawrence counties assess damage in aftermath
Storms down power lines, trees
* SUMMARY: A TORNADIC SUPERCELL TRACKED ACROSS CENTRAL LAWRENCE
AND WEST CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTIES IN NORTHERN ALABAMA BETWEEN THE
HOURS OF 6 AND 7 PM CDT...SUNDAY APRIL 19TH 2009. BASED ON
DAMAGE THAT WAS SURVEYED...MUCH OF THE DAMAGE RESULTED FROM
STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. HOWEVER...THERE WERE FOUR AREAS BETWEEN
MOUNT HOPE /IN LAWRENCE COUNTY/ AND PRICEVILLE /IN MORGAN
COUNTY/ THAT SUPPORTED BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS. THE FOLLOWING
IS A BREAKDOWN OF EACH SPECIFIC TORNADO TOUCHDOWN:

TOUCHDOWN #1 (LAWRENCE COUNTY): SOUTH OF MOUNT HOPE...BETWEEN
COUNTY ROADS 25 AND 23. SEVERAL TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED AND TWO HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO AROUND
20 PERCENT OF THE ROOF.

PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 80 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 3/4 MILE
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 75 FEET

TOUCHDOWN #2 (LAWRENCE COUNTY): COUNTY ROADS 99 AND 100...JUST
WEST OF WREN TO HIGHWAY 157...JUST SOUTHEAST OF MOULTON. A CONCRETE
INDUSTRIAL FACILITY SUSTAINED COMPLETE ROOF LOSS AND SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE...INCLUDING TWO LARGE WOOD POLES SECURELY
FASTENED TO THE GROUND WERE SNAPPED.

PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 4.5 MILES
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 200 FEET

TOUCHDOWN #3 (MORGAN COUNTY): DAMAGE OCCURRED NORTH OF IRON MAN
ROAD BETWEEN PUNKIN CENTER AND NEEL. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED
WITH ONE FALLING ON A MOBILE HOME AT THE PLEASANT VALLEY TRAILER
PARK OFF OF BLANKENSHIP ROAD. SEVERAL PINES WERE SNAPPED ALONG
ROBERTS ROAD...JUST EAST OF BLANKENSHIP ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
UPROOTED ALONG HAZEL STREET.

PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 2.2 MILES
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 150 FEET

TOUCHDOWN #4 (MORGAN COUNTY): DAMAGE OCCURRED APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES
SOUTH OF PRICEVILLE...BETWEEN SHOAL CREEK ROAD AND NATURAL BRIDGE ROAD.
NUMEROUS LARGE PINES WERE UPROOTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SHOAL CREEK
ROAD AND SPRING VALLEY ROAD. SPORADIC TREE AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A
SHED OCCURRED ALONG NATURAL BRIDGE ROAD...JUST NORTH OF TALL PINE ROAD.

PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 3/4 MILE
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 150 FEET

THESE FINDINGS ARE PRELIMINARY AND ARE SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT. PICTURES
AND SUMMARY MATERIALS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB PAGE AT
WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE /ALL LOWER CASE/.

SURVEYED BY: COYNE/NADLER

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