Public Information Statement for April 27, 2011
...29 TOTAL CONFIRMED TORNADOES SO FAR...

...EVENT OVERVIEW...

THERE WERE TWO WAVES OF WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER ON APRIL 27TH. THE
FIRST MOVED THROUGH DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ACROSS NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA PRODUCING WIDESPREAD DAMAGING STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS AND A FEW STRONG TORNADOES. THE SECOND WAVE INVOLVED
NUMEROUS SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS AND PRODUCED LONG LIVED...STRONG TO
VIOLENT TORNADOES ACROSS THE NORTHERN TWO-THIRDS OF CENTRAL
ALABAMA...WITH WIDESPREAD AND CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE IN SEVERAL
LOCATIONS. HERE IS THE LATEST CONFIRMED TORNADO DAMAGE:

TORNADO 1...DANCY TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 125
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0220/-88.3370 AT 416 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1275/-87.9844 AT 433 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 21 MILES FROM MISSISSIPPI/ALABAMA
STATE LINE. THE TORNADO BEGINS IN MISSISSIPPI.
WIDTH: .8 MILE
NOTE: SURVEY DONE BY NWS JACKSON SURVEY FOLLOWED UP BY NWS
BIRMINGHAM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS FROM JACKSON MISSISSIPPI AND
BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA SURVEYED A TORNADO TRACK COMING OUT OF NOXUBEE
COUNTY IN MISSISSIPPI AS IT ENTERED INTO PICKENS COUNTY ON MOUNT
TABOR ROAD INTO THE COMMUNITY OF DANCY ALONG HIGHWAY 17. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. THE
TORNADO WEAKENED AS IT MOVED INTO DANCY BUT WAS STILL WAS QUITE WIDE
AND DOWNED TREES ALONG WITH DAMAGING AN OUTBUILDING. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST TO STATE ROAD 14 WERE SEVERAL TREES
WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED...ALONG WITH AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM THAT WAS
DAMAGED.  THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT NEAR HAMILTON JR CRAFT ROAD.

TORNADO 2...NORTHERN REFORM TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.3007/-88.1496 AT 430 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4445/-87.9699 AT 442 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 14 MILES
WIDTH: 1000 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS
WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR PHOENIX
AVE CROSSING HARRIS RD IN A RURAL FORESTLAND AREA...UPROOTING AND
SNAPPING THOUSANDS OF TREES. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST CROSSING
STATE HIGHWAY 82...JUST NORTHWEST OF REFORM WHERE THERE WAS
ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. THE
TORNADO THEN CROSSED STATE HIGHWAY 17 AND LIFTED JUST SOUTH OF THE
INTERSECTION OF OLD PALMETTO ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 56.  THERE WERE
SEVERAL MORE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS DAMAGED NEAR THE END OF THE
PATH...WITH ONE HOME SUSTAINING MINOR WALL DAMAGE AND SIGNIFICANT
ROOF DAMAGE.

TORNADO 3...HOLMAN TORNADO (PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2448/-87.8817 AT 441 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4268/-87.5605 AT 502 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 22.4 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 600 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS FAR
EASTERN PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES IMPACTING THE HOLMAN AREA.
IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A
TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 140 MPH. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 82 IN FAR EASTERN PICKENS
COUNTY...WHERE MANY HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO
CROSSED INTO TUSCALOOSA COUNTY NEAR HOLMAN...WHERE THE PATH WIDTH
GREW TO 400 YARDS AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A HOME AS THE ROOF
WAS REMOVED AND TOSSED 200 YARDS. A 3500 POUND TRAILER WAS ALSO
THROWN 100 YARDS. ALONG ITS PATH...THE TORNADO SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED THOUSANDS OF TREES...WITH MANY HOMES SUSTAINING DAMAGE FROM
FALLING TREES. AT LEAST 3 OUTBUILDINGS OR BARNS WERE ALSO DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO LIFTED 2.5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF SAMANTHA
ALONG NORTH HAGLER ROAD WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED.

TORNADO 4...BERRY TORNADO (FAYETTE COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 4 INJURIES
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6319/-87.6489 AT 507 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6939/-87.5477 AT 515 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 7.5 MILES
WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTHEASTERN FAYETTE COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS
WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 100 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG STATE
ROAD 18...4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BERRY WHERE SEVERAL BARNS SUSTAINED
ROOF DAMAGE ALONG WITH TRESS BEING SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.  THE
TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST INTO DOWNTOWN BERRY WHERE SEVERAL
BUSINESS AND HOMES SUSTAINED SOME WALL AND ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO
WEAKENED AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST OF TOWN...LIFTING ALONG STATE ROAD 18
NEAR SIMMONS ROAD.

TORNADO 5...COALING TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA/JEFFERSON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 155
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.163/-87.3716 AT 517 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.296/-87.0594 AT 535 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 18.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA AND FAR SOUTHWEST JEFFERSON COUNTIES FROM STORMS
WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS
CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 155 MPH. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTHWEST OF COALING OFF STAGHORNE DRIVE.
TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST
PARALLEL TO INTERSTATE 20/59 WHERE SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND A FEW WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. TORNADO
DAMAGE HERE WAS CONSISTENT WITH EF-3 DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST WHERE THE MERCEDES PLANT SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND POWER
POLES WERE BLOWN DOWN...ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES SNAPPED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED TO SNAP TREES AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST INTO FAR
SOUTHWEST JEFFERSON COUNTY WHERE IT ENDED AT OLD TUSCALOOSA HIGHWAY
AND LOWETOWN ROAD.

TORNADO 6...PARRISH-CORDOVA TORNADO (WALKER COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3+ TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AT LEAST 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.5979/-87.3278 AT 520 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.8176/-87.1320 AT 536 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 19 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 300 YARDS

THIS TORNADO SPUN UP ON A SHEAR AXIS IN RURAL SOUTHWESTERN WALKER
COUNTY...EAST OF HWY 69 AND SOUTH OF CR 6.  IT RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED
AND CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE TO A HOME...LEAVING A FOUNDATION SWEPT CLEAN
ON HORSESHOE BEND.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHEAST... THROUGH
THE RICHARDSON SUB-DIVISION...AND ACROSS PLEASANTFIELD ROAD...
DESTROYING AT LEAST TWO SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOMES.  IN THE
ALDRIDGE COMMUNITY...SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED...LARGE TREES WERE
UPROOTED...AND ANOTHER SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME WAS TOSSED AND
OBLITERATED. IN CORDOVA...THE TORNADO CAUSED SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND
PARAPET DAMAGE TO BRICK BUILDINGS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THE TORNADO
CROSSED OLD US HWY 78 JUST EAST OF THE MULBERRY FORK...SNAPPING AND
UPROOTING TREES...AND CONTINUED NORTHEAST JUST SOUTH OF CR 22 BEFORE
DISSIPATING LESS THAN A MILE NORTH OF HWY 78.

THE DAMAGE TO THE HOME NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE TRACK WILL NEED TO
BE INVESTIGATED FURTHER TO DETERMINE IF THIS TORNADO SHOULD BE RATED
HIGHER THAN AN EF-3.

SPECIAL THANKS TO WALKER COUNTY EMA FOR ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING
DATA AND PHOTOS TO ASSESS THIS TORNADO.

TORNADO 7...ALTADENA TORNADO (SHELBY/JEFFERSON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE KNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.3808/-86.7462 AT 550 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4286/-86.7306 AT 554 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 3.4 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 100 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS THE
ALTADENA AREA IN EXTREME NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY AND SOUTHERN
JEFFERSON COUNTY...FROM STORMS ON THE MORNING OF WEDNESDAY APRIL
27TH. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THE THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A
TORNADO. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 100 MPH. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF VALLEYDALE ROAD AND
CALDWELL MILL ROAD. FROM THERE...IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD
ACROSS A LARGELY RESIDENTIAL AREA AND SNAPPED NUMEROUS TREES.
THE TREES SUBSEQUENTLY FELL ONTO POWER LINES...HOMES...APARTMENT
BUILDINGS...AND SEVERAL VEHICLES. THE HEAVIEST DAMAGE WAS ALONG AND
JUST EAST OF CALDWELL MILL ROAD...NEAR THE CAHABA RIVER.  THE
TORNADO LIFTED AFTER SNAPPING OFF A FEW TREES BRANCHES ON CAHABA
RIVER ROAD.

TORNADO 8...MOUNTAIN WOODS LAKE TORNADO (JEFFERSON/BLOUNT COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 125-135
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 3 INJURIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.8300/-86.8012 AT 553 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.8627/-86.7610 AT 557 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 3.2 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS FAR
NORTHEAST JEFFERSON COUNTY AND SOUTHERN BLOUNT COUNTY FROM STORMS
WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS
CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 125 TO
135 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR OLD HAYDEN ROAD AND MABEL
ROAD NORTH OF WARRIOR AND TRAVELED NORTHEAST DOWNING DOZENS OF
TREES AND CAUSING MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. ONE HOME
SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE DUE TO SEVERAL FALLING TREES. AS THE
STORM CROSSED INTO BLOUNT COUNTY...DOZENS OF TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
AND ONE OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED ALONG SIBLEYVILLE ROAD. THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THE WESTERN EDGE OF MOUNTAIN WOODS
LAKE...WHERE 20-25 HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND AT LEAST 3 HOMES WERE
DESTROYED. THE INJURIES OCCURRED WHILE A FAMILY WAS SHELTERING IN
THEIR HOME. IN ADDITION...MULTIPLE BOAT DOCKS AND GARAGES WERE
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.
THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTHEAST OF THE LAKE...EAST OF OVERCREEK
ROAD.

TORNADO 9...CAHABA HEIGHTS TORNADO (JEFFERSON COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4367/-86.7622 AT 554 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.498/-86.6493 AT 600 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 7.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTHEAST JEFFERSON COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG
TORNADO. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN NEAR GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MOUNTAIN BROOK/VESTAVIA HILLS
AREA. FROM THERE IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS U.S. HIGHWAY 280 INTO
CAHABA HEIGHTS...EVENTUALLY CROSSING INTERSTATE 459 BEFORE LIFTING
NEAR GRANTS MILL ROAD JUST EAST OF THE LIBERTY PARK AREA. HUNDREDS
OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED...MANY OF THEM LANDING ON HOMES
CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE WAS IN
CAHABA HEIGHTS JUST WEST OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 280...WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM
FALLEN TREES.

TORNADO 10...ODENVILLE TORNADO (ST. CLAIR COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6473/-86.4153 AT 614 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6848/-86.3661 AT 618 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 3.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY FROM STORMS WEDNESDAY MORNING. ALTHOUGH
MUCH OF THE DAMAGE ACROSS ST. CLAIR COUNTY WEDNESDAY MORNING WAS
ATTRIBUTED TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT IN A
SMALL AREA NEAR ODENVILLE THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG
TORNADO. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 120 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN IN A FIELD JUST SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF ALABAMA
HIGHWAY 174 AND ISBELL ROAD. FROM THERE IT QUICKLY STRENGTHENED TO
EF-2 INTENSITY AND STRUCK TWO MULTI-STORY BRICK HOMES. ONE HOUSE
LOST A LARGE PORTION OF ITS ROOF DECK MATERIAL. THE WELL BUILT
DETACHED GARAGE OF THE OTHER HOUSE WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS
FOUNDATION...WITH THE INTACT ROOF LANDING AND SQUASHING THE
REMAINING STRUCTURE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD AND CEDAR ROAD WHERE A
FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN.

TORNADO 11...HACKLEBURG TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-5 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 200-210
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NUMEROUS INJURIES/AT LEAST 18 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0880/-88.1328 AT 305 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3109/-87.7858 AT 328 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 25.2 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS MARION
COUNTY IMPACTING THE HACKLEBURG AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED
TO BE IN THE RANGE OF 200-210 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO TOUCHDOWN
SOUTHWEST OF HAMILTON NEAR HIGHWAY 19 AND COUNTY ROAD 22. TREE
DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO WIDENED CONSIDERABLY AND
BECAME DEADLY AS IT MOVED ALONG HIGHWAY 43 SOUTHWEST OF HACKLEBURG.
THE TORNADO MOVED INTO HACKLEBURG WHERE SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS WERE
DESTROYED. THE HACKLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL AND THE WRANGLER PLANT WERE
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND GENERALLY PARALLELED
HIGHWAY 43 AND MOVED TOWARD PHIL CAMPBELL WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
CONTINUED. ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH, THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE
DOWNED...SEVERAL HUNDRED STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED, AT LEAST 100 OF
THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS MANY HOMES WERE
LEVELED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS...ALONG WITH THE FOREMOST
EXPERT IN STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REVIEWED THE DAMAGE IN HACKLEBURG
IN MARION COUNTY. THE MAIN INDICATORS OF HACKLEBURG HAVING EF-5
DAMAGE IS THE TOSSING OF VEHICLES UPWARDS OF 150-200 YARDS...ONE
WELL BUILT HOME WITH 4 SIDES BRICK WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED AND THE
DEBRIS FROM THE HOME WAS TOSSED TO THE NORTH OVER 40 YARDS...AND
THERE WAS LARGE AMOUNTS OF WIND ROWING...THE STREWING OF BUILDING
MATERIALS IN STRAIGHT LINES...AROUND THE CITY OF HACKLEBURG.

TORNADO 12...CORDOVA TORNADO (PICKENS/TUSCALOOSA/FAYETTE/WALKER/
BLOUNT COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-4 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 170
INJURIES/FATALITIES: DOZENS OF INJURIES/10 KNOWN FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.2519/-88.1786 AT 338 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.2342/-86.4339 AT 550 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 123 MILES (IN NWS BMX AREA)
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: SMALL PART CROSSES INTO EXTREME SOUTHERN CULLMAN COUNTY (WFO
HUN) AND AFTER BLOUNT INTO MARSHALL COUNTY (WFO HUN).

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED AND RATED THE
CORDOVA TORNADO TRACK. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE
SURVEYED WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO OF OVERALL EF4
INTENSITY. THE TORNADO TRACK BEGAN ABOUT 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF
PICKENSVILLE IN PICKENS COUNTY...AND CONTINUED NORTHEAST. ALONG
DOUBLE BRANCHES ROAD...NEAR COUNTY ROAD 49...JUST NORTHEAST OF
REFORM...THE TORNADO DESTROYED A FEW CHICKEN HOUSES AND TOSSED GRAIN
FEED BINS UP TO 100 YARDS (EF1). THE TORNADO CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE TO
HOUSES AND DESTROYED A FEW OUTBUILDINGS AS IT CROSSED ALABAMA
HIGHWAY 159 NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 49.

THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO TUSCALOOSA COUNTY. IT CROSSED ALABAMA
HIGHWAY 171 JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 76...WITH SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE (EF2) IN A NARROW PATH. THE TORNADO CLIPPED A SMALL PART OF
SOUTH CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTY ALONG COUNTY ROAD 12 JUST WEST OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 43...WITH TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE (EF1). THE
TORNADO THEN MOVED BACK INTO TUSCALOOSA COUNTY...CROSSING U.S.
HIGHWAY 43 JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 12...WITH ONLY A NARROW PATH
WIDTH OF (EF0 TO EF1) TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY CAUSING
MOSTLY MINOR TREE AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE BEFORE CROSSING INTO FAYETTE
COUNTY ALONG OLD JASPER ROAD. THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED AS IT
APPROACHED THE BOLEY SPRINGS AREA. IT CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 83 NORTH
OF OLD JASPER ROAD...CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO TREES AND
COMPLETELY DESTROYING AT LEAST ONE MOBILE HOME (EF3)...WITH THE
FRAME SEPARATING AND THE REMAINING DEBRIS BEING THROWN A
CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE...RESULTING IN AT LEAST TWO FATALITIES. THE
TORNADO APPEARED TO STRENGTHEN EVEN FURTHER AS IT REACHED WILLCUT
ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 46. IN THIS AREA SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE
COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS THROWN A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE AND
FRAMES TWISTED AND THROWN. MANY TREES WERE DOWNED WITH AT LEAST TWO
FATALITIES IN THIS AREA (AT LEAST EF3).

THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEASTWARD WHILE WEAKENING...CAUSING
MOSTLY MINOR DAMAGE TO TREES AND MOBILE HOMES (EF1)...CROSSING INTO
WALKER COUNTY NEAR BETHEL ROAD. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS ALABAMA
STATE HIGHWAY 69 SEVERAL MILES SOUTH OF OAKMAN WHERE NUMEROUS TREES
WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED...A CELL PHONE TOWER WAS KNOCKED
DOWN...AND MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED (EF2). SOUTHEAST OF
OAKMAN...THE TORNADO CROSSED EARNEST CHAPEL ROAD ROLLING VEHICLES
AND COMPLETELY DESTROYING A CINDER BLOCK HOUSE...SWEEPING AWAY MOST
OF THE DEBRIS (EF3). AT THIS LOCATION THERE WAS ONE KNOWN FATALITY
AND TWO KNOWN INJURIES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST
CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 35 AND ALABAMA HIGHWAY 269 A FEW MILES SOUTH OF
PARRISH. THE TORNADO WEAKENED CONSIDERABLY AS IT APPROACHED CORRIDOR
X/FUTURE INTERSTATE  22...WITH ONLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE (EF0)
NOTED...BEFORE STRENGTHENING SIGNIFICANTLY AS IT ENTERED THE CORDOVA
AREA. A 1/2 MILE WIDE SWATH OF EF-3 DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN DOWNTOWN
CORDOVA. FROM THERE...THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE NORTHEAST ACROSS
BURTON CHAPEL LOOP ROAD AND CROSSED THE MULBERRY FORK OF THE BLACK
WARRIOR RIVER. AS IT CROSSED MOUNTAINVIEW ROAD...THE TORNADO
INCREASED TO A VIOLENT EF-4 RATING...AS IT DESTROYED 2 SINGLE-WIDE
MOBILE HOMES...AS WELL AS A SINGLE FAMILY HOME. ONE OF THE MOBILE
HOME UNDERCARRIAGES WAS MISSING...HAVING BEEN TOSSED AT LEAST 500
YARDS. AT THIS SITE...A SMALL BULLDOZER WAS FLIPPED OVER...A PICKUP
TRUCK WAS TOSSED 200 YARDS AND AN INTERNATIONAL 4700 DUMP TRUCK WAS
TOSSED 50 YARDS BEING DESTROYED UPON LANDING. A 2 TON UTILITY
TRAILER FROM THIS LOCATION WAS FOUND A MILE AWAY...WITH A 2.5 FOOT
IMPACT CRATER WHERE IT LANDED. AS THE TORNADO NEARED OLD HIGHWAY
78...IT TOSSED TWO DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOMES AT LEAST 100
YARDS...BECOMING AIRBORNE WITH THE FRAMES ON TOP OF THE DEBRIS. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED TRACKING TOWARD SIPSEY...WHERE AN UNANCHORED
DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS TOSSED 100 FEET UP A 50 FOOT EMBANKMENT.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED AT A MINIMUM OF EF-2 STRENGTH TO THE
EAST...THEN INTENSIFIED AS IT CAME OFF A BLUFF...DESTROYING A HOME.
NUMEROUS HOMES AND MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE EITHER DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED ALONG THIS PATH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO CULLMAN COUNTY (SEE INFO FROM
WFO HUN). WFO BMX SURVEY TEAMS NOTED A CONTINUOUS PATH FROM CULLMAN
COUNTY INTO BLOUNT COUNTY WHERE THE TORNADO PASSED NEAR SULPHER
SPRINGS NORTHEAST OF BANGOR AND INTO THE TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE. IN
BLOUNTSVILLE...THE STORM WENT ACROSS HIGHWAY 431 DAMAGING MULTIPLE
WELL BUILT BRICK AND SLAB FOUNDATION HOMES ON MAPLE DRIVE...ONE OF
WHICH HAD THE EXTERIOR WALLS COLLAPSE...LEAVING THE INTERIOR WALLS
STANDING. DAMAGE WAS INDICATIVE OF 130 MPH WINDS WHICH IS CONSISTENT
WITH HIGH-END EF-2 DAMAGE. AS THE STORM CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST
OUT OF BLOUNTSVILLE TWO ADDITIONAL HOMES WERE FOUND ALONG THE PATH
THAT SUSTAINED HEAVY HIGH END EF-3 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 160 MPH. A
LARGE PORTION OF THE HOME WAS WIPED OFF OF ITS FOUNDATION LEAVING
ONLY THE GARAGE IN PLACE WITH MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. THE DEBRIS FROM THE
HOME WAS TOSSED ACROSS THE PATH OF THE TORNADO 10 TO 15 YARDS AWAY
FROM WHERE IT ORIGINALLY STOOD. THIS HOME WAS NOT A SLAB FOUNDATION
HOME...RATHER IT HAD A CINDER BLOCK PERIMETER FOUNDATION. THE
TORNADO THEN CONTINUED INTO MARSHALL COUNTY (SEE INFO FROM WFO HUN).

TORNADO 13...PANOLA TORNADO (SUMTER/PICKENS COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.9122/-88.3504 AT 356 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0604/-88.1299 AT 412 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 16 MILES INTO ALABAMA FROM THE
ALABAMA/MISSISSIPPI STATE LINE.
WIDTH: .5 MILE
NOTE: SURVEY STARTED BY NWS JACKSON...SURVEY FINISHED BY NWS
BIRMINGHAM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS FROM JACKSON MISSISSIPPI AND
BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA SURVEYED A TRACK COMING OUT OF KEMPER COUNTY IN
MISSISSIPPI AS IT ENTERED INTO SUMTER COUNTY. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED
THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. THE TORNADO
MOVED INTO ALABAMA AND FIRST CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 3 WITH NUMEROUS
TREES DOWNED. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED HWY 17 AT THE INTERSECTION OF
COUNTY ROAD 34. NUMEROUS MORE TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ACROSS
COUNTY ROAD 34...A SECTION OF THE PATH MOVED ACROSS A PINE FOREST.
ALL THE PINES IN THE TRACK WERE SNAPPED AT THE BASE OR UP AROUND 15
FEET. NO TREE WAS LEFT STANDING IN THIS LOCATION. EF-3 DAMAGE
CONTINUED INTO PICKENS COUNTY AND CONTINUED TO DOWN/SNAP TREES. ONE
LOCATION OFF COUNTY ROAD 85...A LARGE CINDER BLOCK BUILDING HAD PART
OF THE ROOF OFF AND AN OUTER WALL DOWN. THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT AT
STATE HIGHWAY 14...JUST NORTH OF THE SIPSEY RIVER IN SOUTHERN
PICKENS COUNTY WHERE MINOR TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED.

TORNADO 14...SHOTTSVILLE TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 150 TO 160
INJURIES/FATALITIES: SEVERAL INJURIES/AT LEAST 6 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.1579/-88.1847 AT 357 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3129/-87.9231 AT 420 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 19.1 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: STARTED IN MISSISSIPPI AND CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE
VALLEY. THE TOTAL TORNADO DAMAGE PATH HAS BEEN RATED AN EF-5 DUE TO
DAMAGE NEAR SMITHVILLE, MS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED ACROSS MARION
COUNTY IMPACTING THE SHOTSVILLE AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT
THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED 150 TO 160 MPH. THE TORNADO PATH IN ALABAMA STARTED IN
MARION COUNTY NEAR COUNTY ROAD 93 AND DRY CREEK ROAD. A FEW
STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND
UPROOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 78/I-22 WEST OF HAMILTON NEAR THE BEXAR COMMUNITY.
THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED TO EF3 INTENSITY AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 19
AND COUNTY ROAD 20 WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND AT LEAST 6
PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ACROSS HIGHWAY 187
NEAR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY LINE.  ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH...HUNDREDS OF
TREES WERE DOWNED...AT LEAST 25 HOMES...MOBILE HOMES AND
OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. AT LEAST FIVE OF THESE
STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY OBLITERATED. THE DAMAGE PATH IN MARION
COUNTY WAS 19.1 MILES LONG AND WAS 3/4 OF MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST
POINT.

TORNADO 15...TUSCALOOSA/BIRMINGHAM TORNADO (GREENE/TUSCALOOSA/
JEFFERSON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 190
INJURIES/FATALITIES: OVER 1000 INJURIES/AT LEAST 65 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0297/-87.935 AT 443 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6311/-86.7436 AT 614 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): APPROXIMATELY 80.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1.5 MILES CROSSING I-65.
NOTE: MORE DETAILS ON THIS SURVEY STILL TO COME.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE MASSIVE
DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LONG TRACK VIOLENT TORNADO...BY GROUND
AND AIR. THE START POINT IS BASED ON AERIAL SURVEY...WHILE THE END
LOCATION WAS DETERMINED BY A GROUND CREW. DETAILED DAMAGE INSPECTION
HAS REVEALED A MAXIMUM OF EF-4 DAMAGE FROM EAST OF HOLT...NEAR
CONCORD...AND THE PLEASANT GROVE AREAS. CASUALTY INFORMATION IS
BASED ON THE LATEST OFFICIAL RELEASES FROM THE ALABAMA EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY. THIS TORNADO WAS PRODUCED BY A SUPERCELL
THUNDERSTORM THAT BEGAN IN NEWTON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI AT 254 PM
CDT...FINALLY DISSIPATING IN MACON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA AT
APPROXIMATELY 1018 PM CDT. THIS SUPERCELL EXISTED FOR AN
UNPRECEDENTED 7 PLUS HOURS...ROUGHLY 7 HOURS AND 24 MINUTES. DURING
THIS TIME...IT TRAVELED APPROXIMATELY 380 MILES PRODUCING SEVERAL
STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES ALONG THE WAY.

THE FOLLOWING DETAILED INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM NWS SURVEY TEAM
DAMAGE EXPERTS. AS THE TORNADO PROGRESSED INTO THE TUSCALOOSA AREA...
THE CORE OF THE TORNADO CROSSED 15TH STREET EAST...JUST WEST OF
MCFARLAND BOULEVARD EAST. SEVERAL SMALL RESTAURANTS AND STORES ALONG
15TH STREET WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED...WITH ONLY A WALL OR TWO
STILL STANDING (EF3). THE TORNADO DEVASTATED THE CEDAR CREST
NEIGHBORHOOD JUST NORTH OF 15TH STREET...LEVELING MANY CINDER BLOCK
HOMES AND CAUSING AT LEAST 3 FATALITIES. IN THE ALBERTA CITY AREA ON
THE EAST SIDE OF TUSCALOOSA...THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED AS IT CROSSED
UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD EAST NEAR 25TH AVENUE EAST. THE ALBERTA
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUFFERED NEARLY COMPLETE DESTRUCTION...WITH ONLY A
FEW PORTIONS OF WALLS STILL STANDING. A NEARBY TWO STORY APARTMENT
BUILDING WAS REDUCED TO RUBBLE SITTING ON THE FOUNDATION. THE
ALBERTA PARK SHOPPING CENTER WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH NO WALLS
STANDING AND A PILE OF DEBRIS ON THE FOUNDATION. CINDER BLOCK
CONSTRUCTION HOMES IN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD WERE COMPLETELY
DESTROYED...AND IN A FEW CASES DEBRIS WAS SWEPT AWAY FROM THE SITE
(EF4). THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND STRUCK THE CHASTAIN MANOR
APARTMENTS AT THE NORTH END OF 34TH AVENUE EAST. BUILDINGS ON THE
EAST SIDE OF THIS NEW 2 STORY APARTMENT COMPLEX WERE COMPLETELY
DESTROYED...WITH ONLY A PILE OF DEBRIS REMAINING AND A FEW WALLS SET
INTO THE HILLSIDE. A SMALL CLUB HOUSE THAT WAS ANCHORED TO A
FOUNDATION...BUT WITH APPARENTLY NO INTERIOR WALLS...WAS COMPLETELY
DESTROYED AND SWEPT FROM ITS FOUNDATION (EF4). SIMILAR DEVASTATION
TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES WAS NOTED INTO THE AREA ALONG BOTH SIDES OF
COUNTY ROAD 45 NEAR 1ST STREET EAST AND NORTHEASTWARD.

IN THE AREAS EAST OF HOLT AND NORTH OF BROOKWOOD...THE TORNADO
REMAINED VIOLENT AS IT CROSSED HOLT PETERSON ROAD JUST NORTHWEST OF
CLINKER ROAD. IN THIS AREA...TWO HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
ONE HOME ON A FOUNDATION WAS SWEPT CLEAN FROM ITS FLOOR UNIT...WHICH
REMAINED ATTACHED TO THE FOUNDATION. EVIDENCE INDICATED THE WALLS
WERE STRAIGHT NAILED INTO THE FLOOR UNIT (EF4). ALMOST ALL TREES
WERE BLOWN DOWN OR SNAPPED IN THE VICINITY...AS WELL AS IN THE
BOTTOM OF A NARROW RAVINE NEARLY 100 FEET BELOW THE HOUSE. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED TO HOLT LOCK AND DAM ROAD NEAR ITS INTERSECTION
WITH RECREATION AREA ROAD. NUMEROUS MOBILE HOMES AND SEVERAL CINDER
BLOCK HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN THIS AREA (EF3 TO EF4). SEVERAL
FATALITIES OCCURRED IN THIS AREA. ONE HOME ON A FOUNDATION WAS SWEPT
COMPLETELY CLEAN...BUT THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF MINIMAL ANCHORING OF
THE FLOOR AND WALLS TO THE FOUNDATION...SO A RATING OF EF4 WAS
ASSIGNED. THE TORNADO STRUCK A MARINA ON HOLT LAKE AT THE END OF
RECREATION AREA ROAD WITH EF1 DAMAGE TO A RESTAURANT AS WELL AS
NUMEROUS BOATS. DOCKS WERE BROKEN OFF AND MOVED UP TO 100 YARDS
ACROSS THE WATER. SEVERAL INJURIES WERE NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST IN THE AREA BETWEEN ALABAMA HIGHWAY 216
AND HOLT LAKE...PASSING NORTH OF BROOKWOOD NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
HANNAH CREEK ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 59/LOCK 17 ROAD. IN THIS AREA...
SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED...CINDER BLOCK HOMES RECEIVED
HEAVY DAMAGE...AND SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED (EF3). THE
TORNADO CROSSED COUNTY ROADS 99 AND 23 JUST NORTHWEST OF NORTH JOHNS
(SOUTH OF OAK GROVE) WITH SIMILAR DAMAGE.

IN THE CONCORD AREA...THE TORNADO BECAME VIOLENT ONCE AGAIN WITH
TOTAL DESTRUCTION NOTED TO A FEW SMALL RETAIL SHOPS ALONG COUNTY
ROAD 46. ONLY PILES OF DEBRIS WERE LEFT ON THE FOUNDATION. IN
ADDITION...SEVERAL CINDER BLOCK HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH
DEBRIS SWEPT AWAY (EF4). NUMEROUS OTHER HOMES IN THE AREA WERE
DESTROYED WITH ONLY A FEW INTERIOR WALLS LEFT STANDING. THE VIOLENT
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD PLEASANT GROVE. MORE DETAILS
ON THE DAMAGE IN PLEASANT GROVE WILL BE COMING SOON.

TORNADO 16...HALEYVILLE TORNADO (MARION/WINSTON COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 150 TO 160
INJURIES/FATALITIES: AT LEAST 10 INJURIES/UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0289/-87.9421 AT 510 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3057/-87.4973 AT 551 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 31.8 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: MAY HAVE CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
MARION AND WINSTON COUNTIES IMPACTING THE PEA RIDGE...WHITEHOUSE...
THORNHILL...AND HALEYVILLE AREAS. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED
150 TO 160 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO TOUCHDOWN SOUTH OF HAMILTON
NEAR HIGHWAY 278...COUNTY ROAD 2 AND PHILADELPHIA ROAD WHERE TREE
DAMAGE WAS NOTED. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND STRENGTHENED
NEAR THE PEA RIDGE AND WHITEHOUSE COMMUNITIES. SEVERAL HOMES WERE
DESTROYED AND SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED. THE TORNADO PRODUCED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE INTO THE THORNHILL COMMUNITY AND SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN PARTS OF HALEYVILLE THE WINSTON FURNITURE COMPANY AND
FONTAINE TRAILER COMPANY SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. MANY HOMES WERE
SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED OR WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO
PRODUCE TREE DAMAGE AS IT ENTERED THE FOREST AREA IN NORTHERN
WINSTON COUNTY. IT APPEARED THE TORNADO MAY HAVE CONTINUED INTO THE
TENNESSEE VALLEY.

TORNADO 17...SAWYERVILLE/EOLINE TORNADO (GREENE/HALE/BIBB COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 145
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 50 INJURIES/AT LEAST 7 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6211/-88.0462 AT 530 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1443/-86.9998 AT 655 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 71.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1 MILE
NOTE: STARTED NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER IN SOUTHWEST GREENE COUNTY
AND CONTINUED INTO NORTHEAST BIBB COUNTY.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED MULTIPLE TRACKS
ACROSS GREENE...HALE AND BIBB COUNTIES. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT
THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN IN FAR SOUTHWEST GREENE COUNTY NEAR THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER JUST
WEST OF TISHABEE ON COUNTY ROAD 69 NEAR HEAD DRIVE...AND HEADED
NORTHEAST ACROSS RURAL GREENE COUNTY NORTH OF FORKLAND. AT LEAST 4
MOBILE HOMES...3 OUTBUILDING...AND 2 CHURCHES WERE DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES. 2 MINOR INJURIES WERE NOTED IN
GREENE COUNTY. THE TRACK STARTED AS AN EF-1 BUT INCREASED TO AN EF-2
RATING WHILE IN GREENE COUNTY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE BLACK
WARRIOR RIVER AND MOVED INTO HALE COUNTY PASSING THROUGH SAWYERVILLE
AND NORTHEAST INTO THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST. NUMEROUS MOBILE
HOMES AND SINGLE FAMILY HOMES...1 CHURCH...AND COUNTLESS TREES WERE
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THERE WERE 40 INJURIES AND 6 FATALITIES ACROSS
HALE COUNTY. THE TRACK INCREASED FROM AN EF-2 TO AN EF-3 WHILE IN
HALE COUNTY JUST NORTHEAST OF SAWYERVILLE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED
INTO SOUTHWEST BIBB COUNTY IN THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST AND
MOVED NORTHEAST TO EOLINE AND ENDED IN MARVEL. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES
AND SINGLE FAMILY HOMES...1 BUSINESS...AS WELL AS THE EOLINE FIRE
STATION...AND COUNTLESS TREES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THERE WERE
8 INJURIES AND 1 FATALITY IN BIBB COUNTY. EF-3 AND EF-2 DAMAGE WERE
NOTED FOR THE MOST PART IN EOLINE AND CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY THEN
DECREASED IN INTENSITY AS IT MOVED INTO NORTHEAST RURAL BIBB COUNTY
AND LIFTED NEAR MARVEL. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 145 MPH AND
WAS 1 MILE WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT IN CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY.

TORNADO 18...HUBBERTVILLE TORNADO (FAYETTE COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 145
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.8129/-87.8108 AT 606 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME:  33.8683/-87.6892 AT 614 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 7.4 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: .5 MILE
NOTE...THIS IS A TENTATIVE EVALUATION OF A COMPLEX TORNADO PATH
WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY TWO TORNADOES. SEVERAL
EYEWITNESSES REPORTED SEEING TWO DISTINCT CIRCULATIONS AT THE SAME
TIME. A SECONDARY CIRCULATION COULD HAVE CAUSED SCATTERED DAMAGE
LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE SOUTH OF THE MORE DOMINANT DAMAGE PATH.
ADDITIONAL EVALUATION OF THIS STORM IS EXPECTED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
FAYETTE COUNTY IMPACTING THE HUBBERTVILLE AREA. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO.
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 145 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 4.5 MILES
SOUTH OF BOBO NEAR HIGHWAY 43...WHERE MANY TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST WHERE A SWATH OF HUNDREDS OF
TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED COUNTY ROAD
49...NUMEROUS PINE TREES WERE SHEARED OFF APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET AGL.
A HOME WAS DESTROYED...AS MOST OF ITS WALLS COLLAPSED AND DEBRIS WAS
TOSSED SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET. AS THE STORM CONTINUED ALONG ITS
PATH...SEVERAL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE
TORNADO LIFTED NEAR COUNTY ROAD 24...APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES SOUTH OF
BAZEMORE.

TORNADO 19...ARGO/SHOAL CREEK/OHATCHEE/FORNEY TORNADO (JEFFERSON/ST.
CLAIR/CALHOUN/ETOWAH/CHEROKEE COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 180
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NUMEROUS INJURIES/UNKNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.6792/-86.5699 AT 623 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0661/-85.420 AT 747 PM (AT GEORGIA
STATE LINE)
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 72 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: UP TO 1.25 MILES
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO GEORGIA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE PATH
FROM EASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY NORTHEAST TO CHEROKEE COUNTY. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG
TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR ARGO...BETWEEN DEERFOOT
PARKWAY AND ADVENT ROAD...JUST NORTH OF INTERSTATE 59. THE TORNADO
THEN MOVED EAST ACROSS THE INTERSTATE INTO ST. CLAIR COUNTY. THE
TORNADO CAUSED EF-0 TO EF-1 DAMAGE AS IT TRACKED NEAR MARGARET AND
NORTH OF ODENVILLE. JUST NORTHEAST OF ODENVILLE...THE TORNADO
STRENGTHENED AND WIDENED CONSIDERABLY. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED
EAST-NORTHEAST ALONG COUNTY ROAD 22...THROUGH SHOAL CREEK. DAMAGE
ALL ALONG CR-22 WAS EXTENSIVE. SEVERAL HOMES HAD ALMOST ALL WALLS
BLOWN OUT...AND ONE ROUGHLY 40 YEAR OLD HOME WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED.
THE PATH CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST ACROSS NEELY HENRY LAKE INTO
CALHOUN COUNTY. THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE WAS DONE ON THE
EASTERN SHORES OF THE LAKE...JUST NORTH OF OHATCHEE. IN THIS AREA
NUMEROUS HOMES AND MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY LEVELED...INDICATIVE
OF A STRONG TORNADO. AT LEAST ONE WELL BUILT HOME WAS NEARLY SWEPT
CLEAN OF EVERYTHING ABOVE ITS BASEMENT...SAVE FOR A FEW ITEMS OF
FURNITURE. WINDS HERE WERE LIKELY UP TO 180 MPH. THE DAMAGE PATH AT
THIS POINT REACHED ITS WIDEST... AROUND 1.25 MILES. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED TO CAUSE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ON AN EAST-NORTHEAST PATH ACROSS
NORTHERN CALHOUN COUNTY...JUST SOUTH OF THE ETOWAH COUNTY LINE. ALL
HOMES IN ITS PATH RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND MANY WERE
COMPLETELY DESTROYED. A SMALL CHURCH ON ROCKY HOLLOW ROAD NEAR THE
WEBSTER CHAPEL COMMUNITY WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED. THE TORNADO BRIEFLY
WENT THROUGH SOUTHEAST ETOWAH COUNTY SOUTHEAST OF REAVES...CLIPPED A
SMALL PORTION OF CALHOUN COUNTY ONE LAST TIME...THEN MOVED INTO
CHEROKEE COUNTY. THERE IT DAMAGED NUMEROUS MORE HOMES AND MOBILE
HOMES AS IT MOVED EAST-NORTHEASTWARD. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO WEAKEN
BRIEFLY AS IT MOVED THROUGH FROG MOUNTAIN...BUT THEN IT WIDENED AND
STRENGTHENED ONCE AGAIN BEFORE IT REACHED COUNTY ROAD 45 NORTH OF
ROCK RUN. ON COUNTY ROAD 29 SOUTH OF FORNEY...AN APPARENTLY WELL
BUILT FRAME HOME WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED TO THE GROUND BY WINDS THAT
MAY HAVE EXCEEDED 150 MPH. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO GEORGIA AT
COUNTY ROAD 28. ALONG THE PATH...HUNDREDS OF STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED
AND DESTROYED...AND MANY THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE
UPROOTED...SNAPPED...AND REDUCED TO SPIKED STUMPS.

TORNADO 20...WATEROAK TORNADO (HALE/BIBB COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 105
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE KNOWN.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8522/-87.4783 AT 650 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.8956/-87.4010 AT 659 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.5 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 150 YARDS
NOTE: STARTED IN FAR EASTERN HALE COUNTY AND ENDED IN SOUTHWEST BIBB
BIBB COUNTY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED MULTIPLE TRACKS
ACROSS HALE AND BIBB COUNTIES. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2
MILES SOUTHWEST OF WATEROAK IN HALE COUNTY AND PROCEEDED NORTHEAST
INTO THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST ENDING IN SOUTHWEST BIBB COUNTY 2
MILES SOUTHWEST OF MERTZ. 1 MOBILE HOME AND 1 BUSINESS WERE DAMAGED
OR DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES. THE ENTIRE TRACK CONSISTED
OF EF-1 DAMAGE. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED UP TO 105 MPH AND WAS 150
YARDS IN WIDTH.

TORNADO 21...MARVEL TORNADO (BIBB/SHELBY COUNTIES)...

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 105
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1169/-87.0081 AT 732 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.1560/-86.9274 AT 738 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.40
DAMAGE WIDTH: 50 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE NEAR
MARVEL EXTENDING FROM FAR NORTHEAST BIBB COUNTY INTO EXTREME
SOUTHWEST SHELBY COUNTY. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-1 TORNADO. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 105
MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTHEAST BIBB COUNTY IN A
FORESTED AREA JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 65 AND
10. IT THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST SNAPPING OFF DOZENS OF PINE TREES. NO
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG THE PATH. THE TORNADO LIFTED IN A
GRASSY FIELD JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 10 IN SHELBY COUNTY...BETWEEN
BLOSSOM STREET AND SPRINGBROOK LANE. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 5.4 MILES
LONG AND 50 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO 22...PINHOOK/FAUNSDALE TORNADO (SUMTER/MARENGO/PERRY
COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 120 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 3 INJURIES
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3096/-88.0065 AT 746 PM CDT
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4819/-87.4956 AT 840 PM CDT
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 32.34 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 350 YARDS
NOTE: 123 MILES TOTAL PATH ACROSS MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA COMBINED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE FROM THE
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED OUT OF CLARKE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI
INTO WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE EVENING HOURS OF 27 APRIL. THE
NWS SURVEY TEAM FOUND THE DAMAGE TO BE CONTINUOUS FROM EXTREME
SOUTHEAST SUMTER COUNTY ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MARENGO COUNTY
INTO EXTREME SOUTHWEST PERRY COUNTY. THIS VERY LIKELY WAS A
CONTINUATION OF THE TORNADO TRACK FROM CLARKE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI
ACROSS NORTHERN CHOCTAW COUNTY ALABAMA INTO SUMTER...MARENGO AND
PERRY COUNTIES. THIS WOULD BE A TOTAL CONTINUOUS TORNADO TRACK OF
123 MILES. THE TORNADO MOVED OUT OF NORTHERN CHOCTAW COUNTY JUST
NORTH OF OAKCHIA CROSSING EXTREME SOUTHEAST SUMTER COUNTY SOUTH OF
COUNTY ROAD 42 AND LOCK 3 ROAD AS AN EF-2 TORNADO UPROOTING AND
SNAPPING TREES IN A 350 YARD WIDE PATH. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO
WESTERN MARENGO COUNTY CROSSING THE SOUTHERN MOST PORTION OF OLD
LOCKE 3 ROAD THEN PASSED JUST NORTH OF LINDEN NEAR PIN HOOK AND
NORTH OF CHICKASAW STATE PARK ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 43. THE EF2 TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST THROUGH THE FAUNSDALE AREA SIGNIFICANTLY
DAMAGING OR DESTROYING SEVERAL HOMES AND RESULTING IN AT LEAST 3
INJURIES ALONG NASH ROAD JUST SOUTH OF FAUNSDALE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST PASSING JUST NORTH OF UNIONTOWN CROSSING
HIGHWAYS 61 AND 183 UPROOTING TREES AND DAMAGING STRUCTURES IN A 200
YARD WIDE PATH. THE TORNADO EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED JUST EAST OF
HIGHWAY 183 IN SOUTHWEST PERRY COUNTY.

TORNADO 23...PELL CITY TORNADO (ST. CLAIR/TALLADEGA COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE KNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.5973/-86.214 AT 755 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.605/-86.1742 AT 759 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 50 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN ST.
CLAIR COUNTY AND FOUND EVIDENCE OF A BRIEF EF-0 TORNADO EAST OF PELL
CITY ALONG INTERSTATE 20 AT EXIT 162. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT
100 YARDS SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE...MOVED ACROSS THE INTERSTATE AND
THEN LIFTED ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 78. ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH...SEVERAL
TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN OR WERE SNAPPED OFF AT THE TOP. WIND SPEEDS
WITH THIS BRIEF WEAK TORNADO WERE ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 80 MPH.

TORNADO 24...LAKE MARTIN TORNADO (ELMORE/TALLAPOOSA/CHAMBERS
COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 170
INJURIES/FATALITIES: SEVERAL INJURIES/9 FATALITIES
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6174/-86.193 AT 812 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.9196/-85.523 AT 909 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 44.1 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 1/2 MILE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE FROM CENTRAL
ELMORE COUNTY...EXTENDING EASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTY
AND THE LAKE MARTIN AREA...TO WESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO.
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW FROM TORNADO DAMAGE EXPERTS...IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE LAKE MARTIN TORNADO WAS CONSISTENT WITH EF-4
DAMAGE AT ITS STRONGEST...WITH WINDS UP TO 170 MPH. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 209 NEAR MEADOWVIEW DRIVE WHERE A FEW
SNAPPED TREES WERE NOTED. FROM THERE...THE TORNADO QUICKLY
INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST THROUGH DEXTER WIDENING AND
PRODUCING EF-2 DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. FROM THERE...IT CONTINUED
ACROSS HIGHWAY 9 DAMAGING SEVERAL HOMES...THEN INTENSIFIED TO EF-3
STRENGTH AS IT MOVED THROUGH A MOBILE HOME PARK AT THE INTERSECTION
OF MIDDLE ROAD AND AUCTION BARN ROAD COMPLETELY DESTROYING 10 MOBILE
HOMES AND KILLING 4 PEOPLE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST TO THE MOUNT
HEBRON ROAD AREA...DESTROYING SEVERAL HOMES...BUSINESSES...2
CHURCHES...AND AN AGRICULTURAL NURSERY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED
LAKE MARTIN...JUST SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 63 BRIDGE...DOING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS HOMES AROUND THE WYNDERMERE AREA. AT
THIS POINT...THE TORNADO WAS NEAR 1/4 MILE WIDE. THE TORNADO THEN
MOVED INTO TALLAPOOSA COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 34...WIDENING
TO NEAR 1/2 MILE AND STRENGTHENING TO EF-4 INTENSITY. HERE THE
DAMAGE WAS THE MOST WIDESPREAD AND SEVERE WITH SEVERAL WELL BUILT
MULTI-STORY HOMES TOTALLY DESTROYED WITH NO WALLS REMAINING ON
FLOORS ABOVE BASEMENT LEVEL.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED AT THIS STRENGTH
BUT BECAME MORE NARROW TO NEAR 400 YARDS WIDE AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY
49 JUST NORTH OF JONES ROAD WHERE IT DESTROYED 2 HOMES AND ROLLED A
PICK-UP TRUCK 120 YARDS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING
U.S. HIGHWAY 280 JUST EAST OF DADEVILLE PRODUCING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
TO SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES. FROM HERE THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO
WESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY PASSING JUST TO THE NORTH OF SIKES. ALONG
COUNTY ROAD 54 NORTH OF SIKES...1 HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE
TORNADO WEAKENED AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS COUNTY ROAD 66 AND
ENDED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 51.

TORNADO 25...VINCENT-LOGAN MARTIN TORNADO (SHELBY AND TALLADEGA
COUNTIES)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 105
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.3507/-86.4013 AT 815 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.4483/-86.3092 AT 824 PM
PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 8.6
WIDTH: 200 YARDS
NOTE: TORNADO PART OF THE SECOND CELL WHICH PASSED THROUGH
HALE-BIBB-SHELBY-TALLADEGA COUNTIES.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN THE
VICINITY OF VINCENT IN SHELBY COUNTY AND LOGAN MARTIN DAM IN
TALLADEGA COUNTY.  THE DAMAGE FOUND WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-1
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 105 MPH.  THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF
THE TOWN OF VINCENT ON COUNTY ROAD 62...UPROOTING DOZENS OF TREES.
THE TORNADO TRAVELED TO THE NORTHEAST DROPPING TREES ALONG THE
PATH.  AS IT CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST...THE TORNADO CAUSED TREE
DAMAGE ON THE EAST END OF LOGAN MARTIN DAM AND CONTINUED THROUGH A
COUPLE OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING
HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. THE ONLY HOME DAMAGE FOUND AND SURVEYED
WAS DUE TO FALLEN TREES ON SHAW LANE ALONGSIDE LOGAN MARTIN LAKE.
THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 200 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT AND 6.8 MILES
LONG.

TORNADO 26...MARION TORNADO (PERRY COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 90 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5519/-87.3142 AT 848 PM CDT
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5736/-87.2513 AT 853 PM CDT
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.39 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 200 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL PERRY COUNTY ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH OF MARION AND FOUND
EVIDENCE OF AN EF-1 TORNADO.  THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 1 MILE
WEST OF HIGHWAY 35 ALONG COUNTY ROAD 38 WHERE IT PRODUCED SOME
DAMAGE TO TREES IN A 50 YARD WIDE AREA. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED TO
EF-1 STRENGTH AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 45 WHERE IT WIDENED TO NEAR 200
YARDS AND THE WINDS INCREASED TO NEAR 90 MPH CLOSE TO THE FAITH
CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH SNAPPING SEVERAL TREES IN HALF AND UPROOTING
SEVERAL MORE. THE TORNADO THEN QUICKLY DISSIPATED AS IT MOVED EAST
OF COUNTY ROAD 4 AS A NARROW EF-0 TORNADO LESS THAN 50 YARDS WIDE.

TORNADO 27...WHITE PLAINS TORNADO (CHAMBERS COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 110
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.9719/-85.4688 AT 919 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0114/-85.2916 AT 928 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.3 MILES
WIDTH: 150 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
CHAMBERS COUNTY IMPACTING THE WHITE PLAINS AREA. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 100 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG
COUNTY ROAD 225...UPROOTING AND SNAPPING SEVERAL HARD AND SOFTWOOD
TREES...AS WELL AS DOING SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO A SINGLE FAMILY
RESIDENCE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY
ROADS 178 AND 176 WHERE NUMEROUS HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. FROM THERE THE TORNADO TRACKED FURTHER
EAST-NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING NEAR COUNTY ROAD 267 WHERE ADDITIONAL
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.

TORNADO 28...FINLEY CREEK TORNADO (CHAMBERS COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): UP TO 90
INJURIES/FATALITIES: UNKNOWN
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0158/-85.2938 AT 929 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.0836/-85.2633 AT 938 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5 MILES
WIDTH: 100 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
CHAMBERS COUNTY IMPACTING THE FINLEY CREEK AREA. IT HAS BEEN
DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY
ROAD 267...JUST NORTH OF THE ENDING PATH OF THE WHITE PLAINS
TORNADO. THE PATHS DID NOT JOIN UP AT ANY POINT AS BOTH DAMAGE
WIDTHS WERE RELATIVELY SMALL. DAMAGE AT COUNTY ROAD 267 INCLUDED
SEVERAL SHEARED SOFTWOOD TREE TOPS ALONG WITH SOME UPROOTED TREES.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 270 WHERE
ADDITIONAL TREES WERE SNAPPED AND AN OUTBUILDING HAD MINOR ROOF
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST LIFTING ALONG COUNTY ROAD 278
WHERE THERE WAS MINOR TREE DAMAGE.

TORNADO 29...VERBENA TORNADO (CHILTON COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.7759/-86.5429 AT 948 PM CDT
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.7857/-86.5122 AT 950 PM CDT
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.9 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 50 YARDS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTHEASTERN CHILTON COUNTY NEAR VERBENA AND DETERMINED IT WAS
CAUSED BY A BRIEF EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT THE
INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 31 AND COUNTY ROAD 24 JUST NORTHEAST OF
VERBENA UPROOTING A FEW OAK TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST
AND CROSSED THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 59 AND 24 DAMAGING A
METAL CARPORT OF ONE HOME DAMAGING THE ROOF OF A SINGLE-WIDE MOBILE
HOME AND UPROOTING TREES IN A 50 YARD WIDE PATH. THE TORNADO QUICKLY
DISSIPATED EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 59.

...ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...

MEDIA INQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TOWARD WARNING COORDINATION
METEOROLOGIST JOHN DE BLOCK AT 205-664-3010...OR METEOROLOGIST IN
CHARGE JIM STEFKOVICH AT 205-585-8635.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE FOR ALL SURVEYS.

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.

 


USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.