Public Information Statement
Saturday, April 24, 2010


MULTIPLE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED AND TRACKED
NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA BEGINNING SATURDAY MORNING
AND CONTINUED INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SATURDAY NIGHT. NUMEROUS
DAMAGE REPORTS WERE RECEIVED THROUGHOUT THE EVENT...WITH
CONCENTRATED DAMAGE IN SEVERAL COUNTIES.

...WALKER/JEFFERSON/BLOUNT COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:04 PM/33.7336N 87.2864W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:55 PM/33.8532N 86.7931W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 29.5 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #25/10:01PM TO 10:30PM
          TORNADO WARNING #26/10:22PM TO 11:00 PM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #99 VALID FROM 715PM CDT APRIL 24
          UNTIL 2 AM CDT APRIL 25.

THIS LONG TRACK TORNADO CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN PARRISH, AND
CONTINUED A PATH OF DAMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN JEFFERSON AND
SOUTHWESTERN BLOUNT COUNTIES. A TOTAL OF 70 TO 80 HOMES AND
BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED, WITH ONE HOME DESTROYED. APPROXIMATELY
800 TO 1000 HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR
SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH OF THE STORM.

...MARION COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 4:27 PM/33.9491N 87.8591W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 4:38 PM/34.0201N 87.7683W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 7.22 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

A TORNADO FORMED JUST SOUTH OF THE CITY OF GU-WIN AND TRAVELED
TO THE NORTHEAST CREATING A NON-CONTINUOUS PATH OF DAMAGE FOR A
LITTLE MORE THAN 7 MILES. THREE HOMES TOOK THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 47 SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY OF BRILLIANT.  ONE HOME
HAD MINOR DAMAGE DUE TO TREES FALLING ON TOP OF IT AND ONE OF THE
TREES THAT WAS UPROOTED FLIPPED OVER A MINIVAN.  THE SECOND HOME HAD
MINOR ROOF DAMAGE BUT 2 OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED.  THE THIRD HOME
INCURRED MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE GARAGE WHEN THE WINDWARD
SIDE OF THE GARAGE WAS BLOWN IN.  THERE WAS ALSO AN OUTBUILDING
FLIPPED OVER AT THIS LOCATION.  IN TOTAL, THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY
40-60 HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED ALONG THE PATH.

...BLOUNT/MARSHALL COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 9:59 PM/34.1917N 86.4146W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:09 PM/34.2012N 86.3697W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.18 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

A TORNADO FORMED FOUR MILES NORTHEAST OF BROOKSVILLE AND
TRAVELED NORTHEAST INTO MARSHALL COUNTY, ENDING NEAR COUNTY ROAD 12.
THREE STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED.  ONE MOBILE HOME WAS MOVE OFF ITS
FOUNDATION. ONE BARN WAS DESTROYED AND ONE SINGLE FAMILY HOME LOST
PART OF ITS ROOF. SEVERAL HUNDRED TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED.

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #23/9:11 PM TO 10:00 PM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #99 VALID FROM 715 PM CDT APRIL 24
          UNTIL 2 AM CDT APRIL 25.

...FAYETTE COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 8:06 PM/33.6024N 87.6769W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 8:17 PM/33.6494N 87.5778W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 6.6 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

A TORNADO FORMED ABOUT TWO MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION
OF HIGHWAY 43 AND COUNTY ROAD 26. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST
FOR 6.6 MILES AND DISSIPATED 1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF THE TOWN OF
BERRY. SEVERAL HUNDRED TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. FOUR
HOMES RECEIVED MINOR DAMAGE.

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #20/7:44 PM TO 8:30 PM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #96 VALID FROM 1 PM CDT APRIL 24 UNTIL 9 PM
          CDT APRIL 24. TORNADO WATCH #99 VALID FROM 715 PM CDT APRIL
          24 UNTIL 2 AM CDT APRIL 25.

...FAYETTE/WALKER COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 8:21 PM/33.6794N 87.5386W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   8:35 PM/33.7182N 87.4740W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.6 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

A TORNADO FORMED IN SOUTHEAST WALKER COUNTY ABOUT FOUR MILES
NORTHEAST OF BERRY. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED INTO
WALKER COUNTY AT 8:24 PM. THE TORNADO NORTHEAST AND DISSIPATED
ABOUT 5 MILE WEST OF OAKMAN. SEVERAL HUNDRED TREES SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED. A 100 FOOT RADIO TOWER WAS BLOWN DOWN.

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #20/7:44 PM TO 8:30 PM
          TORNADO WARNING #22/8:15 PM TO 9:00 PM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #96 VALID FROM 1 PM CDT APRIL 24 UNTIL 9 PM
          CDT APRIL 24. TORNADO WATCH #99 VALID FROM 715 PM CDT APRIL
          24 UNTIL 2 AM CDT APRIL 25.


...HALE COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 11:50 AM/32.7628N 87.5461W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   12:03 PM/32.8335 87.4912W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.84 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS):  100

A TORNADO FORMED 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF GREENSBORO AND TRAVELED
NORTHEAST FOR 5.84 MILES BEFORE DISSIPATING NEAR THE TOWN OF
HOGGLESVILLE. THERE WAS MINOR DAMAGE TO THREE HOMES. ONE BARN WAS
DESTROYED. 30-40 TREES UPROOTED.

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #13/11:35AM TO 12:15PM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #93 VALID FROM 8:07 AM CDT TO 2:00 PM
          CDT APRIL 24.

...SUMTER COUNTY TORNADO...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 70-80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:44 AM/32.3645N 88.2840W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:44 PM/32.3645N 88.2840W
PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): BRIEF TOUCHDOWN
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): BRIEF TOUCHDOWN

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #11/10:20AM TO 11:30AM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #93 VALID FROM 8:07AM CDT TO
          2:00PM 25 APRIL 2010.

FIRE OFFICIALS REPORTED A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN NEAR THE CITY OF WARD. A
SURVEY CREW WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE ANY DAMAGE THAT COULD BE DIRECTLY
ATTRIBUTED TO THIS TOUCHDOWN...ALTHOUGH WIDESPREAD STRAIGHT LINE
WIND DAMAGE COULD HAVE EASILY MASKED ANY TORNADO DAMAGE.

...SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE IN SUMTER AND MARENGO COUNTIES...

EVENT DATE: 24 APRIL, 2010
EVENT TYPE: WIND DAMAGE
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 10:40AM/32.3625N 88.3451W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 11:11AM/32.5233N 87.8445W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 31.25 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 1000

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING #11/10:20AM TO 11:30AM
          TORNADO WARNING #12/11:01AM TO 11:45 AM
WATCHES:  TORNADO WATCH #93 VALID FROM 8:07AM CDT TO
          2:00PM 25 APRIL 2010.

A BROAD AREA OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED.  DAMAGE
BEGAN IN WESTERN SUMTER COUNTY NEAR GRIMES ROAD STRETCHING EASTWARD
TO DEMOPOLIS.  A WOMAN HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM HER VEHICLE DUE TO
FALLEN TREES ALONG BB BRAGG ROAD. THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WAS IN
THE VICINITY OF COUNTY ROAD 9 JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 10 WHERE 30
TO 40 LARGE HARDWOODS WERE UPROOTED AND A HOUSE RECEIVED MINOR ROOF
DAMAGE. AROUND 30 TREES WERE ALSO TOPPLED...SOME SNAPPED AND SOME
UPROOTED AT THE CITY LANDING IN DEMOPOLIS. A WIND GUST OF 71 MPH WAS
MEASURED AT DEMOPOLIS.

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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