West Central Alabama Tornadoes
November 30, 2006

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
751 AM CST SAT DEC 2 2006

...NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM IDENTIFIES FOUR TORNADOES TRACKS IN
MARENGO AND HALE COUNTIES...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE ASSESSED THE DAMAGE
IN MARENGO COUNTY NEAR DEMOPOLIS FROM STORMS ON NOVEMBER 30TH.
PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS ARE THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST
SOUTHWEST OF DEMOPOLIS...WEST OF MARIA AVENUE AND SOUTH OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 80. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTH NORTHEAST AND CROSSED U.S.
HIGHWAY 80. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND THE FALLEN 
TREES PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HOMES. ADDITIONAL LARGE TREES
WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND SUBSEQUENTLY DESTROYED SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES.
ONE APARTMENT COMPLEX SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. A FEW MOBILE
HOMES WERE ROLLED OVER. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ACROSS THE WESTERN
PART OF DEMOPOLIS SNAPPING TREES ALONG THE PATH. ONE WAREHOUSE HAD AN
ENTIRE WALL COLLAPSE. SEVERAL FLOATS BEING PREPARED FOR THE HOLIDAY
PARADE WERE THROWN SOME DISTANCE AND DAMAGED. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN
REPORTED AT THIS TIME. THE PRELIMINARY TORNADO RATING WAS F1 ON THE
FUJITA SCALE...WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AROUND 100 MPH. THE PRELIMINARY
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH IS 3.5 MILES AND WAS 150 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST
POINT.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTING STORM SURVEYS IN
HALE COUNTY HAVE FOUND DAMAGE PATHS FROM THREE ADDITIONAL TORNADOES.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND THE HALE COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT SURVEYED THE STORM DAMAGE THAT AFFECTED HALE COUNTY. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A THREE DISTINCT 
TORNADOES. THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 935 PM, JUST
WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 35 BETWEEN COUNTY ROAD 24 AND COUNTY ROAD 73. THIS
LOCATION IS ABOUT 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GREENSBORO OR 4 MILES NORTHWEST
OF CEDARVILLE. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND CROSSED COUNTY ROAD
24, COUNTY ROAD 28, STATE HIGHWAY 14, COUNTY ROAD 21, COUNTY ROAD 19 AND
STATE HIGHWAY 69. THE TORNADO LIFTED AT APPROXIMATELY 951 PM JUST NORTH
OF COUNTY ROAD 4 NEAR ITS INTERSECTION WITH STATE HIGHWAY 69. THE TORNADO
DAMAGE PATH WAS 11.3 MILES LONG AND WAS 75 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.
ONE BARN WAS DESTROYED AND SEVERAL OUT-BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED
ALONG THE PATH. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OFF OR BLOWN DOWN.
ONE TRACTOR AND ONE AUTOMOBILE WERE DAMAGED. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED
AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF THE
GREENSBORO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AROUND 940 PM. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD
AND CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 24, COUNTY ROAD 28 AND STATE HIGHWAY 14. SEVERAL TREES
WERE KNOCKED DOWN OR WERE SNAPPED OFF AT THE LAKEVIEW COUNTRY CLUB. THE HALE
COUNTY JAIL SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ALONG THE
PATH. THE TORNADO LIFTED AT APPROXIMATELY 946 PM. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS
3.3 MILES LONG AND 25 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN
RATED AN F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. THE THIRD TORNADO AFFECTING HALE COUNTY 
TOUCHED DOWN AT 953 PM JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 69 AND
COUNTY ROAD 32. THIS LOCATION IS APPROXIMATELY HALF WAY BETWEEN THE HAVANA 
COMMUNITY AND GREENSBORO. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD AND LIFTED ABOUT
959 PM AT THE SOUTHWESTERN EDGE OF THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST AREA NEAR 
COUNTY ROAD 29. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OFF OR WERE BLOWN DOWN
ALONG THE PATH. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 5.8 MILES LONG AND 75 YARDS WIDE
AT ITS WIDEST POINT. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

THESE ADDITIONAL TORNADOES BRING THE TOTAL COUNT TO FOUR TORNADOES
FOR THIS EVENT. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK
WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS THROUGH THE WEEKEND TO
GATHER INFORMATION AND DETERMINE THE SPECIFICS OF THESE STORMS...
AND TO ASSESS OTHER DAMAGE REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

WE CONTINUE TO ASK THAT ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC THAT IS AWARE OF
DAMAGE FROM THE NOVEMBER 30TH STORMS CALL OUR TOLL FREE NUMBER AT
1-800-856-0758. PLEASE INCLUDE THE EXACT LOCATION AND TYPE OF
DAMAGE...AS WELL AS THE TIME THAT THE DAMAGE OCCURRED.

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