Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Updated Survey, New Video of Huntsville Tornado

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
648 PM CST FRI JAN 27 2010

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

...UPDATED BEGINNING POINT OF HUNTSVILLE TORNADO TRACK...

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: 6.6 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 150 YARDS

* INJURIES: 3
* SUMMARY: AT 5:17 PM CST A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN A
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON REDSTONE ARSENAL JUST NORTH OF GOSS
ROAD. A NARROW TORNADO PATH UPROOTED A LARGE TREE...THEN
PROCEEDED INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA ALONG MAGNOLIA CIRCLE. IN THIS
LOCATION...THE TORNADO TORE SHINGLES OFF OF ROOFS AND RIPPED
SIDING OFF SEVERAL HOMES. THE TORNADO THEN LIFTED BRIEFLY BEFORE
TOUCHING DOWN AGAIN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF TRIANA BLVD AND 9TH
AVE IN HUNTSVILLE. FROM THERE...IT PROCEEDED NORTHEAST FOR AN
ADDITIONAL 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
AMENDED SURVEY BY: NADLER/KULA


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