UPDATE: NWS teams find tornado damage in Cullman and Franklin Counties

PLEASANT SITE, Ala. - Teams with the National Weather Service in Huntsville have completed two planned storm damage surveys following powerful spring storms on Saturday.

A team surveying damage in Franklin County near Pleasant Site has found damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. A 95-mile-per-hour microburst was determined to be the cause of damage near Phil Campbell and Spruce Pine.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
652 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017

...NWS Damage Survey For 04/22/2017 Tornado/Wind Event...Update 1...

.Overview...NWS and EMA survey teams found evidence of an EF-1 
tornado near Jones Chapel and straight line wind damage near 
Battleground (Cullman County); and an EF-0 tornado in the far 
western side of Franklin County, Alabama, about 5.5 miles north of
Red Bay, and a microburst near Phil Campbell.

.Western Franklin County Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:      75 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    5.6 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     720 Yards
Fatalities:               0 
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               04/22/2017 
Start time:               331 PM CDT
Start location:           5.5 N Red Bay
Start Lat/Lon:            34.5184/-88.1365

End date:                 04/22/2017
End time:                 342 PM CDT
End location:             3.5 NNW Burntout
End_lat/lon:              34.5024/-88.0410

The tornado appeared to develop just east of the 
Alabama/Mississippi state line in Franklin County, AL. Heavy tree 
damage was noted at the start point which was consistent with a 
tornado debris signature and velocity couplet on KGWX radar, 
which was about 5.5 miles north of Red Bay, AL. The debris 
signature tracked east over heavily forested area that was not 
accessible by vehicle. Additional heavy tree damage was located 
near the end point which was consistent with the last debris 
signature seen on KGWX radar. Satellite data has been requested 
and will be used to analyze the remainder of this track but 
confidence is high enough in the velocity signature, the tornado 
debris signature and the damage to declare an EF-0 tornado. The 
majority of the tree damage consisted of small to medium sized 
trees snapped, branches twisted with one or two trees uprooted. 

Additional damage data was taken over the Mississippi state line 
in Tishomingo County and after analysis by forecasters at NWS 
Memphis, additional information may be added to this survey.

.Phil Campbell Microburst...

Estimated Peak Wind:      95 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    0.58 miles
Path width /Maximum/:     620 yards
Fatalities:				  0 
Injuries:				  0

Start date:               04/22/2017 
Start time:               408 PM CDT
Start location:           3.6 WNW Phil Campbell
Start Lat/Lon:            34.3639/-87.7709

End date:                 04/22/2017
End time:                 410 PM CDT
End location:             3.35 NNW Phil Campbell 
End_lat/lon:              34.3681/-87.7612

Extensive tree damage was noted on the west side of Highway 43, 
about 3.6 miles west-northwest of Phil Campbell, AL. Along the 
east side of a creek running parallel to the highway, multiple 
trees were snapped along with multiple medium to large trees 
completely uprooted. This continued southward on Highway 43 for 
approximately 0.58 miles. All trees were noted to generally be 
laying towards the north-northeast. Tracking southwest from this 
location, an additional tree or two snapped or fallen were noted. 
Given the radar data and evidence of a microburst, the start 
location was the southwestern most location with the winds 
spreading northeast, ending on Highway 43 as little to no damage 
was seen on the east side of the highway.

The second team surveyed damage in northwestern Cullman County near Battleground and Jones Chapel. The National Weather Service says the damage in this area is consistent with an EF-1 tornado with 100-mile-per-hour winds.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
341 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017


...NWS Damage Survey For 04/22/2017 Tornado and Wind Event...

.Overview... NWS and Cullman County EMA survey team found evidence
of an EF-1 tornado near Jones Chapel and straight line wind damage
near Battleground.

.Jones Chapel Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      100 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    4.39 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     200 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               04/22/2017
Start time:               540 PM
Start location:           2.5 NW Jones Chapel
Start Lat/Lon:            34.24 -87.08

End date:                 04/22/2017
End time:                 555 PM
End location:             1.6 SE Jones Valley
End_lat/lon:              34.18 -87.04

Survey Summary: NWS Huntsville and Cullman County EMA survey team determined a
200 yard swath of damage adjacent to widespread straightline wind damage was
attributed to an EF-1 tornado. Max winds were estimated at 100 MPH.

The tornado appeared to develop near the intersection of CR 1043 and 
CR 1047 where roof damage to a farm house was noted. The tornado
continue near CR 1043 and uprooted several trees before heavily 
damaging a farm structure west of the CR 1043 and CR 1082 intersection. 
Sporatic tree limb damage was noted between CR 1082 and CR 1039 north
of Jones Chapel. South of Jones Chapel, several chicken houses were
severely damaged by the tornado before dissipating near the CR 991/992. 

Convergent damage from the uprooted trees north of Jones Chapel coincided 
with a tightening rotation velocity gradient from KHTX which led to the 
conclusion that a tornado touched town. 

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

.Battleground Straight Line Wind Event...

Peak wind Estimated:      105 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    3.5 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     2400 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               04/22/2017
Start time:               540 PM
Start location:           3.3 NW Jones Chapel


End date:                 04/22/2017
End time:                 555 PM
End location:             1 E Jones Valley


Survey Summary: NWS Huntsville and Cullman County EMA survey team found
a large swath of straightline wind damage in the Battleground area. Significant
soft and hardwood tree damage was noted near CR 1082, CR 1055, and CR 1087 area.
Damage appeared to track south of Jones Valley through CR 988. The wind swath was 
approx. 1.5 to 2 miles in width and max winds were estimated at 105 as
2 large barn structures were complete destroyed near CR 1087. Nearly all damage
was oriented to the ESE, which was the general storm motion.

Emergency managers in Jackson County along with the National Weather Service are planning to survey storm damage in and around the Skyline community near Highway 79 on Monday.

Tornado warnings were issued for Cullman, Franklin and Jackson Counties during Saturday's storms and much of north Alabama was under a severe thunderstorm watch for several hours.

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