Friday, January 22, 2010

Huntsville Tornado Rated EF2 by the NWS

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
223 PM CST FRI JAN 22 2010

...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM MADISON COUNTY...

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

* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
* EVENT DATE: 01/21/2010

* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115.0 MPH
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-2

* PATH LENGTH: 4.4 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 150 YARDS

* INJURIES: 3
* SUMMARY: AT 5:22 PM CST A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF TRIANA BLVD AND 9TH AVE IN HUNTSVILLE. FROM
THERE...IT PROCEEDED NORTHEAST FOR 4.4 MILES...THROUGH OLD TOWN
AND THE FIVE POINTS AREA BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
GABOURY LN AND ROSALIE RIDGE RD NEAR CHAPMAN MOUNTAIN. ALONG THE
WAY...MANY HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED...AS WERE
SEVERAL WOODEN UTILITY POLES. MULTIPLE WELL-BUILT SINGLE FAMILY
HOMES SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL ROOF DAMAGE...BOTH FROM TORNADIC
WINDS AND FALLEN TREES.


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/LEE


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