NWS damage survey team determines 100 mph straight line wind event in Killingsworth Cove

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- As homeowners pick up the pieces of their battered homes, the survey of what happened in Killingsworth Cove continues.

A National Weather Service Huntsville damage survey team says the storm on Killingsworth Cove Road in Madison County reached winds up to 100 miles per hour early Thursday afternoon, and these severe winds traveled for 3/4 of a mile through the cove.

Overnight, the Killingsworth Cove Volunteer Fire Department is using tarps to cover the damaged roofs. Officials are asking anyone who doesn't live there to stay away.

"We hope that people will respect their privacy," Craig Hill, Madison County Commissioner explained.

"Hoping everything is ok through the night. We will probably come back in the morning and try to help them clean up, and move on from there," added Chief James Sandmeier of the Killingsworth Cove Volunteer Fire Department.

Below is additional information about the straight line wind event from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
734 PM CDT THU JUN 28 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 06/28/18 THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

.KILLINGSWORTH COVE WIND DAMAGE...



PEAK WIND /E/:            100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    0.78 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     350 YARDS
FATALITIES:               0
INJURIES:                 0

START DATE:               JUNE 28 2018
START TIME:               12:15 PM CDT
START LOCATION:           5 N GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA
START LAT/LON:            34.7843/-86.3608

END DATE:                 JUNE 28 2018
END TIME:                 12:16 PM CDT
END LOCATION:             4 NNE GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA
END LAT/LON:              34.7740/-86.3552

SURVEY SUMMARY: WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN THE 
KILLINGSWORTH COVE AREA OF EASTERN MADISON COUNTY. A WIDE (AT 
LEAST 300 YARDS) SWATH OF TREES WAS SNAPPED, BEGINNING AT THE TOP 
OF THE HILL JUST WEST OF SMITH LAKE, DOWN THE HILLSIDE ACROSS 
BOULDER TRAIL, SOUTHARD ROAD, AND KILLINGSWORTH COVE ROAD TO THE 
SHORE OF THE LAKE. THE TREES ON THE HILLSIDE WERE SNAPPED, 
CLEANLY, AND ALMOST ENTIRELY IN THE SAME DIRECTION (DOWNHILL) WITH
FEW EXCEPTIONS. SEVERAL TREES FELL ON HOMES ALONG KILLINGSWORTH 
COVE ROAD. THE SWATH OF DAMAGE CONTINUED ACROSS THE LAKE TO JB 
HAWKINS ROAD AND KILLINGSWORTH COVE, BUT NO FURTHER DAMAGE WAS 
OBSERVED OR ACCESSIBLE EAST OF THIS LOCATION.



THERE DID NOT APPEAR TO BE A CONSISTENT, CONVERGENT PATTERN 
NORMALLY ASSOCIATED WITH A TORNADO; INSTEAD, IT FANNED OUTWARD 
FROM AN ORIGIN POINT ON THE HILLSIDE. UPON REVIEWING RADAR FROM 
KHTX (HYTOP, ALABAMA), THERE IS AN AREA OF ENHANCED VELOCITY NOTED
AHEAD OF THE MAIN LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS. THE EVIDENCE MOSTLY 
SUPPORTS A CHANNEL OF ENHANCED STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS (POSSIBLY 
ENHANCED BY THE TERRAIN), THOUGH A WEAK TORNADO OR GUSTNADO CANNOT
BE COMPLETELY RULED OUT.

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

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CARCIONE/NASH