National Weather Service teams survey damage from Monday’s storms

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Teams from the National Weather Service spent much of the day Tuesday surveying storm damage in north Alabama from the October 13 severe storms.

Teams went to Colbert, Cullman, Morgan and Limestone counties.  They determined an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Tuscumbia/Muscle Shoals area, an EF-0 tornado touched down in Marion County, and a strong wind event caused damage in the Cullman, Morgan, Limestone, and Madison areas.

Colbert County Tornado (EF-1 in Tuscumbia/Muscle Shoals)

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
611 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 TORNADO/THUNDERSTORM EVENT-UPDATE 1…

.UPDATE…TO ADD TUSCUMBIA/MUSCLE SHOALS TORNADO.
.TUSCUMBIA/MUSCLE SHOALS TORNADO…

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1
START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             729 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         DOWNTOWN TUSCUMBIA AL
START LAT/LON:          34.7318/-87.7029
END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               733 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           MUSCLE SHOALS AL
END LAT/LON:            34.7655/-87.6580

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN DOWNTOWN TUSCUMBIA…NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 6TH STREET AND MAIN STREET…WHERE TWO ROOFS WERE PEELED OFF NEARBY BUSINESSES. THE BRICK FACADE OF A SMALL RETAIL BUILDING WAS TORN OFF ACROSS 5TH STREET…AND ITS ROOF WAS PARTIALLY TORN OFF AND ROOFING MATERIAL VAULTED INTO NEARBY POWER LINES. THE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO HIGH STREET BETWEEN 3RD AND 4TH STREETS…WHERE A VERY OLD…LARGE PECAN
TREE WAS UPROOTED AND FELL ONTO AN HISTORIC HOME…CAUSING ONE INJURY TO THE RESIDENT. MULTIPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THIS RESIDENTIAL AREA…OR HAD LARGE LIMBS BROKEN OFF…AND POWER POLES WERE ALSO SNAPPED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. MANY MORE OLD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ACROSS THE ROAD ALONG COMMONS STREET BETWEEN MULBERRY AND HICKORY STREET.

AT THIS POINT…THE TORNADO APPEARED TO WEAKEN SOMEWHAT AS IT CROSSED A LARGE CORN FIELD BETWEEN COMMONS STREET AND KING AVENUE. IT SNAPPED BRANCHES UPON REACHING KING AVENUE AND TOPPLED BRADFORD PEAR TREES ON THE GROUNDS OF SHOALS HOSPITAL ALONG BILLY BOWLING DRIVE. AS THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS GRAND…PASADENA…AND FORD AVENUE AND
FORD STREET IN MUSCLE SHOALS…IT DID SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE TREES THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. VERY MINOR DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO A COUPLE OF HOUSES…BUT NEARLY ALL DAMAGE WAS TO TREES OR POWER POLES.

THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT CROSSED FORD STREET AND MOVED INTO A COMMERCIAL DISTRICT ALONG WOODWARD AVENUE NEAR 2ND STREET. THERE WAS WIDESPREAD STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND A CHURCH IN THIS AREA. NUMEROUS AWNINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED…ROOFS WERE PARTLY TORN OFF OF STRIP MALLS…A FEW WINDOWS WERE BROKEN…AND SEVERAL LARGE SIGNS ALONG THE ROAD WERE BLOWN DOWN. ROOFING WAS PEELED OFF OF A USED CAR DEALERSHIP AND GAS STATION AND VAULTED ACROSS THE STREET INTO A WOODED AREA AND ANOTHER NEARBY GAS STATION. POWER POLES WERE
SNAPPED…AND TWO METAL POWER POLES WERE BENT…DAMAGING THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT THE INTERSECTION. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS 2ND STREET ONTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY RESERVATION…WHERE IT SNAPPED MULTIPLE TREES ALONG GARAGE ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING RESERVATION ROAD…AND LITTLE TO NO DAMAGE WAS NOTED THEREAFTER. /SOME MINOR STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FARTHER NORTHEAST…NEAR GRANDVIEW DRIVE NEAR THE TENNESSEE RIVER…BUT THIS WAS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADO./

SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SAARI

Cullman/Morgan/Limestone/Madison Strong Wind Event:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
526 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT…

.10/13/14 NORTH ALABAMA THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT…

PEAK WIND: 100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 50 MILES (APPROXIMATE)
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 4.25 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 2

START DATE: OCT 13 2014
START TIME: 0412 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 1 E GOOD HOPE AL
START LAT/LON: 34.1224/-86.8277

END DATE: OCT 13 2014
END TIME: 0508 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 5 S HARVEST AL
END LAT/LON: 34.7900/-86.7600

SURVEY_SUMMARY: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL…CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF DAMAGE  THAT OCCURRED FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON’S STORMS ACROSS SEVERAL COUNTIES IN NORTH ALABAMA. DURING THE MID AFTERNOON HOURS A COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS…SIMILAR TO A BOW ECHO…LIFTED NORTHWARD INITIALLY IMPACTING CULLMAN COUNTY BEFORE EVENTUALLY MOVING ACROSS PORTIONS OF
MORGAN…LIMESTONE AND MADISON COUNTIES.

EXTENSIVE STRAIGHTLINE WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH THIS COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS. THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FROM GOOD HOPE TO CULLMAN TO SOUTH VINEMONT IN CULLMAN COUNTY. HERE A VERY WIDE SWATH OF HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. MANY OF THESE TREES FELL ON HOMES CAUSING ROOF OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
SOME BUSINESSES ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE OR UPLIFT IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF CULLMAN. SEVERAL WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE BASE. THE MAXIMUM WINDS IN CULLMAN COUNTY WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 100 MPH. THERE WERE TWO INJURIES REPORTED IN CULLMAN COUNTY DUE TO FALLING TREES.

THE SWATH OF WINDS CONTINUED TO ADVANCE NORTHWARD WITH SPORADIC DAMAGE NOTED ALONG THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR. SEVERAL LARGE LIGHT AND POWER POLES WERE BENT ALONG THE INTERSTATE NEAR MILE MARKER 326. HERE
A ROAD SIGN WAS ALSO TWISTED. SPORADIC MAINLY TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN MORGAN COUNTY FROM FALKVILLE TO HARTSELLE TO PRICEVILLE. HERE THERE WERE POCKETS OF HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED AND A FEW BARNS HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE.

AS THE STORM CROSSED THE TENNESSEE RIVER…WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LIMESTONE COUNTY. SEVERAL HOMES NEAR ATHENS HAD MINOR DAMAGE DUE TO FALLING TREES. POWERLINES WERE ALSO TAKEN DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ALONG HIGHWAY 20 NEAR GREENBRIER WHERE EIGHT POWER
POLES WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE GROUND. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE IN LIMESTONE COUNTY WAS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS AROUND 70 TO 80 MPH. HOWEVER…THE SNAPPED POWER POLES WOULD INDICATE A NARROW POCKET OF STRONGER WINDS PERHAPS TO NEAR 100 MPH. EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WAS ALSO NOTED TO A ROAD SIGN AND BILLBOARD IN THIS AREA.

FAIRLY MINOR WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED ACROSS MAINLY SOUTHERN AND WESTERN MADISON COUNTY WHERE POCKETS OF TREE DAMAGE WERE NOTED. AS THE STORM BEGAN TO WEAKEN THE WIND FIELD EXPANDED OUTWARD WITH ISOLATED DAMAGE REPORTS ALSO RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF THE CORE OF THE MAIN WINDS ACROSS EASTERN MADISON COUNTY.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN

Marion County Tornado (EF-0):

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
225 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 TORNADO EVENT – INITIAL REPORT…
…TORNADO TRACK IDENTIFIED IN MARION COUNTY…

.OVERVIEW…

AN UPPER LEVEL WEATHER SYSTEM AND SURFACE COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM THE WEST KICKED OFF SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. ISOLATED SUPERCELLS AND CLUSTERS OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN THE WARM SECTOR DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS WELL OUT AHEAD OF AN ORGANIZED SQUALL
LINE IN THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THE SQUALL LINE WEAKENED AS IT APPROACHED CENTRAL ALABAMA AND CONTINUED TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVED EASTWARD. THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF TREE DAMAGE AND STRUCTURES DAMAGED BY TREES. MOST OF THE DAMAGE APPEARED TO BE CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS…BUT THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE TORNADO.

.SHOTTSVILLE TORNADO…

RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 75-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 6.0 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: OCT 13 2014
START TIME: 4:43 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 5 NW WESTON
START LAT/LON: 34.2080 / -88.1077

END DATE: OCT 13 2014
END TIME: 4:52 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 4 ENE SHOTTSVILLE
END_LAT/LON: 34.2878 / -88.0658

SURVEY_SUMMARY:

A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTERN MARION COUNTY NORTH OF INTERSTATE 22/US HIGHWAY 78 NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF TAYLOR ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 11. ALONG COUNTY ROAD 11…TEN TO TWENTY PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED IN A CONVERGENT PATTERN…WITH DAMAGE CAUSED TO A CHURCH BY FALLING TREES. THE TORNADO PARALLELED COUNTY ROAD 11 BRIEFLY…CAUSING MAINLY SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE…CONTINUING NORTHEAST OVER OPEN FIELDS AND FOREST. AS IT CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 157 NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 56…SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND TIN WAS PEALED BACK ON A FARM BUILDING. IT CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD WITH VERY MINOR DAMAGE…CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 309 AND REID ROAD. THE LAST DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH OCCURRED ON COUNTY ROAD 13 JUST WEST OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 19…WHERE SEVERAL PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED RAPIDLY BEYOND THIS POINT.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THESE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.