NWS: 3 tornadoes impacted north Alabama, including EF-2 tornado that hit Marshall County, Brindlee Mountain Primary School

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - The National Weather Service says an EF-2 tornado went through parts of Marshall County Saturday.

A survey team from NWS Huntsville says the EF-2 tornado had winds of 120 mph when it hit Brindlee Mountain Primary School.

Damage to Brindlee Mountain Primary School was "extensive," according to Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims.

Chelly Amin with National Weather Service Huntsville says about 10 classrooms were destroyed, along with the cafeteria and parts of the gym. "This will probably be the worst damage that we see on this tornado track," says Amin.

School principal Terry Allen says the school was the heart of the Union Grove community and the destruction is devastating.

Come Monday morning, students and teachers will not be able to use the classrooms they have come to know and love this school year. And the National Weather Service says thisĀ is why you should pay attention to all weather warnings.

"Please heed the warnings that we issue," says Amin. "Take the shelter, take them seriously. The one time you don't could be a very bad decision on your part."

School leaders said they would discuss a temporary site for students Sunday morning.

The Weather Service said the team would also be surveying damage in Cullman and possibly DeKalb Counties as well.

Below is additional information from the National Weather Service damage survey assessment.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
421 PM CST SUN JAN 12 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/11/20 TORNADO EVENT...

.UNION GROVE TORNADO...



RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.22 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/11/2020
START TIME:             01:19 PM CST
START LOCATION:         UNION GROVE / MARSHALL COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.3974 / -86.4466

END DATE:               01/11/2020
END TIME:               01:24 PM CST
END LOCATION:           UNION GROVE / MARSHALL COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.4006 / -86.4463

SUMMARY:

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHDOWN JUST SOUTH WEST OF BRINDLEE 
MOUNTAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL. AT THIS LOCATION, THE SCHOOL GYMNASIUM, 
10 CLASSROOMS, AND THE CAFETERIA WERE DESTROYED. NUMEROUS BEAMS IN
THE ROOF OF THE GYM WERE ALSO TWISTED AND BENT, AND LARGE BOLTS 
USED TO ATTACH IT TO THE FOUNDATION WERE RIPPED FROM THE 
STRUCTURE. EF2 TORNADO DAMAGE WAS DETERMINED AT THIS LOCATION, 
WITH WIND SPEEDS 120MPH. IN ADDITION TO DAMAGE TO THE SCHOOL, 
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AT THIS LOCATION NEAR THE 
BALLFIELD. A SET OF BLEACHERS WAS HURLED OVER 150 YARDS FROM ONE 
SIDE OF THE SCHOOL TO THE OTHER. SEVERAL DUMPSTERS WERE DISPLACED 
AS WELL, ALONG WITH THREE OR FOUR POWER POLES SNAPPED AT THEIR 
BASES. THIS LEAD TO ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AT THE SCHOOL PROPERTY WHEN 
THE POLES FELL ON THE SCHOOL AWNING AND ROOF. LITTLE TO NO 
ADDITIONAL TORNADO DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE 
SCHOOL, ASIDE FROM ROOFING MATERIALS STREWN FROM THE DAMAGE AT THE
PRIMARY SCHOOL ITSELF. THE TORNADO ENDED AS IT CROSSED UNION 
GROVE ROAD WEST OF THE UNION GROVE FIRE STATION.

SPECIAL THANKS TO MARSHALL COUNTY EMA WITH THEIR ASSISTANCE ON 
THE STORM SURVEYS THIS AFTERNOON. 

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 200MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200MPH

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

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
431 PM CST SUN JAN 12 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 1/11/20 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE #1...

.JOPPA TO HOG JAW TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.85 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   60.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/11/2020
START TIME:             01:13 PM CST
START LOCATION:         4 SW ARAB / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.3 / -86.5571

END DATE:               01/11/2020
END TIME:               01:15 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 SW ARAB / MARSHALL COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.3148 / -86.5305

SUMMARY:

NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AS THE TORNADO MOVED 
ALONG ALABAMA HIGHWAY 69, MOVING FROM JOPPA TO THE HOG JAW 
COMMUNITY. THE TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES IN THIS 
LOCATION, WITH NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON OR BESIDE HOUSES IN THIS 
COMMUNITY. EF1 TORNADO DAMAGE WAS OFFICIALLY FOUND IN THE CITY OF 
JOPPA, WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 100 MPH. TREES WERE SNAPPED AND 
UPROOTED ALONG HIGHWAY 69, CAUSING MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED RAPIDLY MOVING NORTH EAST, ENDING IN HOG JAW AT 
A FARM ACROSS FROM THE WESTSIDE VETERINARY HOSPITAL ON ALABAMA 
HIGHWAY 69. LITTLE TO NO DAMAGE WAS NOTED BEYOND THIS POINT TO THE
NORTH EAST, ASIDE FROM TIN THAT WAS STREWN FROM THE BARN THAT IT 
LAST CAME IN CONTACT WITH ACROSS FROM THE VETERINARY HOSPITAL. 
WITNESSES IN THE CITY OF JOPPA REPORTED A RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO 
ALONG THE TORNADO'S PATH, NOTING THAT DAMAGE ENDED ALMOST AS 
QUICKLY AS THE HEAVY RAIN BEGAN AND ENDED.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CULLMAN COUNTY EMA FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE ON 
THE STORM SURVEY THIS AFTERNOON. 

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 200MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200MPH

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

$$

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
441 PM CST SUN JAN 12 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/11/2020 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE #2|...

.HOLLY POND TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.21 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   80.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/11/2020
START TIME:             01:03 PM CST
START LOCATION:         HOLLY POND / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1749 / -86.6197

END DATE:               01/11/2020
END TIME:               01:08 PM CST
END LOCATION:           HOLLY POND / CULLMAN COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.1778 / -86.619

SUMMARY: 

A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE HOLLY POND COMMUNITY NEAR THE 
CENTER OF TOWN. THE TORNADO CAUSED MINIMAL TREE AND ROOF DAMAGE AS
IT QUICKLY MOVED THROUGH THE CITY. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE WAS CAUSED 
TO THE OLD WATERBROOK RESTAURANT, ALSO BLOWING OFF SIDING AT THIS 
LOCATION, AND WRAPPING IT AROUND A CELL PHONE TOWER NORTHEAST OF 
THE RESTAURANT. FROM THERE, THE TORNADO SKIPPED NORTHEAST, CAUSING
MINIMAL ROOF DAMAGE TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF HOLLY POND HIGH 
SCHOOL, WHERE LESS THAN 20% OF THE ROOF WAS DAMAGED, AND PORTIONS 
OF THE AWNING WERE ALSO DAMAGED. AS A RESULT OF THE SURVEY TEAMS 
FINDINGS, EF0 TORNADO DAMAGE WAS DETERMINED AT THIS LOCATION IN 
HOLLY POND, WITH DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH 80MPH WINDS. NO ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE WAS FOUND NORTHEAST OF THIS LOCATION. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO CULLMAN COUNTY EMA FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE ON THE 
STORM SURVEY THIS AFTERNOON. 

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 200MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200MPH

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