Damage from Dallas & Sumter County, AL Tornadoes (4/15/2011)


Here is a summary from the Birmingham National Weather Service office of the tornadoes that struck Dallas & Sumter Counties in Alabama on Friday. Some of the tornadoes are still being looked at in terms on their damage paths.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1225 AM CDT SUN APR 17 2011

…UPDATED FOR DALLAS AND SUMTER SURVEYS…

…SELMA TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3769/-87.0928 AT 812 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3879/-87.0893 AT 814 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.8 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE JUST WEST
OF SELMA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT
WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 22 JUST WEST OF SUNSET STRIP RD
TRAVELING NORTHEAST TO NORTH OF WILDWOOD DR. THIS BRIEF TOUCHDOWN
UPROOTED SEVERAL HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
TO ONE RESIDENCE NEAR WILDWOOD DR. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 0.8 MILES
LONG AND WAS 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…MARION JUNCTION TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4700/-87.2346 AT 748 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4713/-87.2320 AT 750 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.2 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE JUST
NORTH OF MARION JUNCTION. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS
CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE
BRIEF TOUCHDOWN OCCURED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 58 LIFTING
NORTHEAST AT COUNTY ROAD 944. A METAL WAREHOUSE SUSTAINED
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO ITS OUTER WALLS AND ROOF. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS
0.2 MILES LONG AND 100 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6004/-87.0091 AT 705 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6013/-87.0079 AT 707 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.1 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 75

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE WEST OF
THE PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE
WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH.
THE TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHDOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 272 UPROOTING
SEVERAL HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES…CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ONE
MOBILE HOME. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 0.1 MILES LONG AND 75 YARDS WIDE AT
ITS WIDEST POINT.

…CUBA TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4359/-88.3288 AT 358 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4839/-88.1868 AT 410 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 8.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHIEF REED VAUGHAN AND MEMBERS OF THE CUBA FIRE
DEPARTMENT WHO SURVEYED THE DAMAGE EAST OF CUBA. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED AROUND 115 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR US HIGHWAY
80 AT MILE MARKER 3 WHERE SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING ALABAMA HIGHWAY 17 WHERE
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED TO TWO RESIDENCES AND TWO
OUTBUILDINGS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. FURTHER NORTHEAST…THE
TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT NEAR COUNTY ROAD 13 ABOUT 7 MILES SOUTH OF
LIVINGSTON. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 8.9 MILES LONG AND 200 YARDS WIDE AT
ITS WIDEST POINT.

…ALABASTER TORNADO (SHELBY COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 70
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2380/-86.8363 AT 459 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2449/-86.8141 AT 502 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.36
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN
ALABASTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT
WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 70 MPH. THIS TORNADO WAS
WITNESSED BY SEVERAL RESIDENTS INCLUDING POLICE OFFICERS. A WEAK
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN ALABASTER JUST BEHIND THE EVANGEL CHURCH ON
THOMPSON ROAD. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND LIFTED NEAR
HIGHWAY 31 AT THE ALABASTER CITY HALL. THE MOST CONCENTRATED DAMAGE
OCCURED ALONG 8TH STREET SW AND 6TH STREET SW. IN THIS LOCATION,
SEVERAL TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND SEVERAL LANDED ON HOMES. MUCH OF
THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS MUCH WEAKER DAMAGE AND WAS GENERALLY
LIMITED TO BROKEN TREE LIMBS. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 1.36 MILES
LONG AND WAS 50 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…WILSONVILLE TORNADO (SHELBY COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 16, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85-90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2477/-86.5256 AT 545 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2680/-86.4537 AT 550 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.25
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR
WILSONVILLE. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT
WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 85 AND 90 MPH. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF WILSONVILLE ON LARGIN
ROAD. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF OR WERE UPROOTED IN THIS
LOCATION. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD MOVING JUST NORTH OF
WILSONVILLE. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 25 NEAR THE
LAY LAKE INLET. THE MOST CONCENTRATE DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE VERY END
OF THE DAMAGE PATH NEAR COUNTY ROAD 441. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED
OFF OR WERE UPROOTED FROM COUNTY ROAD 441 TO THE END POINT.
ADDITIONALLY, ONE HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE AND ONE HORSE TRAILER
WAS THROWN AT LEAST 100 YARDS. MUCH OF THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS
MUCH WEAKER DAMAGE AND WAS GENERALLY LIMITED TO BROKEN TREE LIMBS.
THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 4.25 MILES LONG AND WAS 100 YARDS WIDE
AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…GEIGER TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 135
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.86/-88.33 AT 148 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.90/-88.19 AT 204 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 8.6
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 1 MILE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR
GEIGER VIA HELICOPTER. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS
CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 135 MPH…AND
THIS TORNADO WAS WITNESSED BY DOZENS OF PEOPLE AND STORM SPOTTERS.
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1 MILE WEST OF GEIGER WHERE SEVERAL HOMES
AND BUSINESSES SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
EAST WHERE THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. THE
TORNADO EVENTUALLY LIFTED NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER AT THE SUMTER AND
GREEN COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 8.6 MILES
LONG AND WAS 1 MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. ADDITIONAL GROUND
SURVEYS WILL LIKELY BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF A HIGHER EF RATING
IS NECESSARY.

…MULBERRY TORNADO (AUTAUGA COUNTY)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4567/-86.7873 AT 934 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4814/-86.7691 AT 936 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.0
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR
MULBERRY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 14 JUST WEST OF MULBERRY TRAVELING
NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY ROADS 101 AND 9. THE TORNADO LIFTED ONE
QUARTER MILE NORTHEAST OF COUNTY ROAD 9. THE DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH
WAS LIMITED TO SEVERAL DOZEN HARDWOOD TREES BEING UPROOTED. THE
TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 2.0 MILES LONG AND 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS
WIDEST POINT.

…ADDITIONAL AUTAUGA COUNTY DATA…

THERE WERE FOUR SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS THAT TRACKED ACROSS AUTAUGA
COUNTY FROM 826 PM THROUGH 1102 PM. THE MULBERRY TORNADO HAS BEEN
CONFIRMED AND VERIFIED…HOWEVER…THE OTHER THREE STORMS ARE
AWAITING FURTHER ASSESSMENT. PRELIMINARY DAMAGE INDICATES THAT
POSSIBLY TWO SEPARATE WEAK TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN NEAR INDEPENDENCE
AND MARBURY. A THIRD MUCH STRONGER TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR BOONES
CHAPEL AND TRAVELED EAST…WELL INTO ELMORE…COOSA…AND POSSIBLY
TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS WOULD RATE THIS
TORNADO AS AN EF-3 WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 140 MPH WITH A PATH WIDTH
NEAR ONE QUARTER MILE. DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL CONTINUE IN
AUTAUGA…ELMORE…AND TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES.

…EVENT OVERVIEW…

A POTENT STORM SYSTEM AFFECTED A LARGE PART OF THE CENTRAL AND
EASTERN UNITED STATES. SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRED FROM
THURSDAY APRIL 14TH THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 16TH. TORNADOES WERE
REPORTED IN KANSAS…OKLAHOMA…TEXAS…LOUISIANA…MISSOURI…
ILLINOIS…MISSISSIPPI…ALABAMA…GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS.
ADDITIONALLY…DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND LARGE HAIL OCCURRED.

NUMEROUS LONG-LIVED SUPERCELLS DEVELOPED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
FRIDAY APRIL 15TH. THOUSANDS OF TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN
DOWNED AND THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.

…ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY
OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. AT THIS TIME SURVEY TEAMS WILL BE OUT IN
THE FIELD AGAIN ON MONDAY AND POSSIBLE THROUGH MIDWEEK ACCESSING
NUMEROUS AND WIDESPREAD DAMAGE LOCATIONS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND TREMENDOUS
APPRECIATION TO THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND TROOPER
WARD FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE AERIAL SURVEY.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

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