Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Madison Tornado Rated EF2


ARMOR radar was less than two miles from the tornado. Daniel Lamb posted this image on the NSSTC Collaborative Weather Blog

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL

518 PM CDT WED MAY 6 2009


...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM LIMESTONE AND
MADISON COUNTIES...

A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE INCURRED ACROSS
LIMESTONE AND MADISON COUNTIES HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL. INITIAL FINDINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
* EVENT DATE: 05/06/2009
* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115.0 MPH

* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-2

* PATH LENGTH: 10.9 MILES

* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS


* SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED ALONG SEGERS ROAD IN EASTERN
LIMESTONE COUNTY SNAPPING AND UPROOTING NUMEROUS LARGE TREES. A TREE FELL ON A MOBILE HOME ON HARDIMAN ROAD AND SPLIT IT IN HALF. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST AND CROSSED INTO MADISON COUNTY. SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS ALONG COUNTY LINE ROAD...MILL ROAD AND FURTHER EAST ALONG BROWNS FERRY...WALL TRIANA...AND HUGHES ROAD. WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT OF SEVERAL HOUSES IN THE HUNTINGTON CHASE SUBDIVISION ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. A LARGE ATTACHED GARAGE WAS COMPLETELY FLATTENED ALONG BROWNS FERRY...AND ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN THE BRIDGEFILED SUBDIVISION. SEVERAL RESIDENTS OF BRIDGEFIELD NOTED THAT THEY RECEIVED THE TORNADO WARNING AND TOOK COVER BEFORE THE STORM HIT. SPORADIC DAMAGE PERSISTED AS THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS SLAUGHTER ROAD AND INTO THE PROVIDENCE DEVELOPMENT. THE TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED NEAR RESEARCH PARK AND PLUMMER ROAD. 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/DARDEN


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