NWS Huntsville Storm Surveys From 03/18-20/2013


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
455 PM CDT THU MAR 21 2013

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/18/13 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT UPDATE #4...

.UPDATE #4...TO INCLUDE BOAZ/SARDIS CITY (MARSHALL/ETOWAH COUNTY) EF-1 TORNADO.

THE NWS IN HUNTSVILLE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS,
CONDUCTED DAMAGE SURVEYS ACROSS SEVERAL IMPACTED AREAS FROM THE MARCH 18TH
2013 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. THE FOLLOWING IS THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM
SURVEYS CONDUCTED IN PORTIONS OF MARSHALL...DEKALB...AND CULLMAN COUNTIES.
.LEIGHTON TORNADO...
RATING:                 EF-0 
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: 2:10 PM CDT /1910 UTC/
START LOCATION: JUST NW OF HATTON SCHOOL RD/6TH ST
START LAT/LON: 34.7293 / -87.4954
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: 2:13 PM CDT /1913 UTC/
END LOCATION: NEAR SHAW RD/6TH ST INTERSECTION
END LAT/LON: 34.7281 / -87.4673

SURVEY SUMMARY: A WEAK/SHORT-LIVED TORNADO EMBEDDED WITHIN A QUASI-LINEAR
CONVECTIVE SYSTEM...TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF THE TOWN OF
LEIGHTON...SNAPPING TREES NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 6TH STREET AND HATTON
SCHOOL ROAD. JUST TO THE EAST OF THIS LOCATION... MORE CONCENTRATED DAMAGE
TO LARGE PINES /UPROOTED AND SNAPPED ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN/ OCCURRED...ALONG
WITH MINOR STRUCTURAL/ROOF DAMAGE TO A RESIDENCE. A CAR PORT WAS LIFTED
AND DESTROYED AND UNDERCARRIAGE FROM A SINGLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS PULLED
OUT AND THROWN INTO A NEARBY TREE. THE DAMAGE PATTERN AT THIS LOCATION
SUGGESTED A CIRCULATION/TORNADO. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRACK EAST...
UPROOTING TREES IN AN OPEN FIELD AND ADDITIONAL LARGE CEDAR TREES WERE
SEEN SNAPPED ALONG ITS PATH AT SHAW CEMETARY. THE TORNADO CONTINUED JUST
A BIT FARTHER EAST BEFORE APPARENTLY LIFTING JUST EAST OF SHAW ROAD...
JUST NORTH OF 6TH STREET. SOME SPORADIC INFLOW/THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE
WAS SEEN AROUND THIS NARROW TORNADO TRACK AS SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED
ON EITHER SIDE OF 6TH STREET HEADING TOWARD THE LAWRENCE COUNTY LINE


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 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH
SURVEYED BY: NADLER
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.KILPATRICK TORNADO...
RATING:                 EF-2 
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 125 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 220 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 7 /KILPATRICK COMMUNITY/
START DATE: 03/18/13
START TIME: 3:41 PM CDT /ESTIMATED BY RADAR/
START LOCATION: HAMBEY ROAD /MARSHALL COUNTY/
START LAT/LON: 34.2687 /-86.1326
END DATE: 03/18/13
END TIME: 3:47 PM CDT /ESTIMATED/
END LOCATION: INTERSECTION OF HWY 68/CR 113
END LAT/LON: 34.2692 / -86.059

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON HAMBEY ROAD JUST EAST OF MCVILLE
ROAD IN MARSHALL COUNTY AND TRACKED EAST INTO DEKALB COUNTY. SEVERAL SOFTWOOD
AND HARDWOOD TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ALONG HAMBEY ROAD. AS THE
TORNADO MOVED EAST, SEVERAL WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. SEVERAL FARM BUILDINGS
WERE DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS STREWN OVER 100 YARDS. ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED
ALONG COUNTY ROADS 381 AND 82. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OF THIS PARTICULAR
TORNADO EVENT OCCURRED IN THE KILPATRICK COMMUNITY ALONG COUNTY ROAD 479. VERY
LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE BASE ALONG WITH NUMEROUS POWER POLES
SNAPPED. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WITH AT LEAST TWO
COMPLETELY DESTROYED. SEVERAL CONVENTIONAL HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR TO MODERATE
EXTERIOR DAMAGE IN THIS AREA AS WELL. AT THIS LOCATION, THE TORNADO WAS AT ITS
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 220 YARDS AND MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS OF 125 MPH.
THUS IS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-2 RATING. THE APPROXIMATE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO
WAS 4.3 MILES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EAST AND DID SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO
A LARGE LIVESTOCK BUILDING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 68 AND 168. THE CONVENIENCE
STORE AT THAT POINT SUFFERED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EAST
NEARLY PARALLELING HIGHWAY 68. A CAR WASH SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
A MOBILE HOME WAS FLIPPED AND DESTROYED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 68 AND
COUNTY ROAD 9004. THE TORNADO NARROWED AND FINALLY LIFTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF HIGHWAY 68 AND COUNTY ROAD 113.
SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/NADLER
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.FYFFE/SHILOH TORNADO...  

RATING: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 5.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 350 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: 3:43 CDT /ESTIMATED BY RADAR/
START LOCATION: CR 539 NORTH OF CR 50
START LAT/LON: 34.4630 / -85.9917
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: 3:51 PM CDT /ESTIMATED/
END LOCATION: CR 72/TUMLIN ROAD
END LAT/LON: 34.4725 / -85.8879

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 539 NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD
50 IN DEKALB COUNTY IN THE FYFFE AND SHILOH COMMUNITIES. MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS
NOTED IN THIS AREA. AN UNOCCUPIED CHICKEN HOUSE ALSO SUSTAINED DAMAGE. NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 50 AND 43, A RESTAURANT SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND A
CARPORT WAS FLATTENED. FURTHER EAST ANOTHER LARGE FARM BUILDING SUSTAINED MAJOR
DAMAGE. ALONG HWY 50 ADDITIONAL CHICKEN HOUSES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG
WITH TREES SNAPPED AND/OR UPROOTED. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OF THIS EVENT
OCCURRED ALONG TRAYLOR STREET JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 50/GROVE OAK ROAD. TWO LARGE,
WELL CONSTRUCTED, FARM BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. ONE OF THESE CONTAINED
METAL TRUSSES AND THE POSTS WERE RIPPED OUT OF THE GROUND. DEBRIS WAS THROWN
SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS AND LARGE DEBRIS WAS EMBEDDED IN THE GROUND. A NEARBY HOME
SUSTAINED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE PATH WIDTH WAS MAXIMIZED AT 350 YARDS AT
THIS POINT WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT 120 MPH. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-2 RATING.
THE TORNADO BEGAN TO NARROW AND WEAKEN AS IT MOVED FURTHER EAST AS IT CROSSED COUNTY
ROADS 523 AND 578. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR COUNTY ROAD 72/TUMLIN ROAD NORTH OF HIGHWAY
75. THE APPROXIMATE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS 5.9 MILES.
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 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH
SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/NADLER
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.ALBERTVILLE THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND : 90-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: N/A
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: UNKNOWN
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: PENDING
START LOCATION: N/A
START LAT/LON: N/A
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: PENDING
END LOCATION: N/A
END LAT/LON: N/A

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED EXTENSIVE STRAIGHTLINE WIND
DAMAGE IN THE CITY OF ALBERTVILLE. A BRICK BUILDING SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF
DAMAGE AT THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 431 AND MATHIS MILL ROAD. A LARGE SECTION
OF THE ROOF WAS LIFTED AND PEELED OFF. WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED IN THIS
LOCATION AND A GAS STATION SIGN WAS DESTROYED. DEBRIS WAS STREWN WELL INTO HWY
431. ON NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHLAND AVENUE, A BARBECUE
RESTAURANT SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL BUILDING HAD ROOF DAMAGE AND A SIGN
WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHTLINE
WINDS OF 90 TO 100 MPH.
SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/NADLER 
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.FORT PAYNE THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND : 90-105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: N/A
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: UNKNOWN
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: PENDING
START LOCATION: N/A
START LAT/LON: N/A
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: PENDING
END LOCATION: N/A
END LAT/LON: N/A

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED EXTENSIVE STRAIGHTLINE WIND DAMAGE
ON THE NORTH SIDE OF FORT PAYNE. ALONG 45TH STREET, ADJACENT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL AN
ENTIRE ROW OF WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. THE ATHLETIC FACILITIES AT THE SCHOOL
SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO FENCING, SIGNAGE, AND ROOFING. JUST TO THE EAST OF THE SCHOOL, A
MANUFACTURING FACILITY SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND INTERIOR WATER DAMAGE. A METAL
BUILDING ALSO HAD COMPLETE WALL COLLAPSE. THE SURROUNDING AREA ALSO HAD NUMEROUS TREES
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHTLINE WINDS OF 90
TO 105 MPH.
SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/NADLER 
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.SOUTHWEST SMITH LAKE AREA THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND : 90-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: N/A
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: APPROX 3:06 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 11 NW COLONY AL
START LAT/LON: 34.0392 / -87.0822
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: APPROX 3:07 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 11 NW COLONY AL
END LAT/LON: 34.0393 / -87.0777

SURVEY SUMMARY: AN ISOLATED POCKET OF DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM THE CORNER OF COUNTY
ROAD 222 AND 925 TO THE CORNER OF COUNTY ROAD 222 AND 201. STRONG WINDS PEELED
BACK THE ROOFS OF SEVERAL LARGE SHEDS...BARNS...AND AN OLD CHICKEN HOUSE...UPROOTED
AND SNAPPED MULTIPLE TREES...AND SNAPPED THREE UTILITY POLES.
SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SCHULLER
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.LOGAN AREA THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND: 80-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: N/A
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: APPROX 3:07 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 7 NW GOOD HOPE AL
START LAT/LON: 34.1375 / -87.007
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: APPROX 3:08 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 7 NW GOOD HOPE AL
END LAT/LON: 34.1402 / -87.0023

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SWATH OF DAMAGE OVER ONE HALF MILE WIDE OCCURRED AROUND THE
LOGAN COMMUNITY. MULTIPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED... INCLUDING SEVERAL
THAT FELL ONTO NEARBY HOUSES...AND A UTILITY POLE WAS BROKEN. SEVERAL HOUSES HAD
METAL ROOFS PEELED OFF...AND MULTIPLE SHINGLES WERE PULLED OFF A WELL CONSTRUCTED
HOUSE WITH ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES.
SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SCHULLER
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.GOOD HOPE THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND: 65-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: N/A
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: PENDING
START LOCATION: GOOD HOPE AL
START LAT/LON: 34.1133 / -86.8686
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: PENDING
END LOCATION: GOOD HOPE AL
END LAT/LON: 34.1209 / -86.8565

SURVEY_SUMMARY: DAMAGE BEGAN NEAR INTERSTATE 65 AT EXIT 304...WHERE MULTIPLE TREES WERE UPROOTED
AND SNAPPED...HIGHWAY SIGNS WERE BROKEN OVER...AND BUSINESS WINDOWS WERE BROKEN IN. ROOF AND
SIGN DAMAGE OCCURRED TO SEVERAL BUSINESSES ALONG ALABAMA HIGHWAY 69 AND SEVERAL SIDE ROADS. THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A CINDERBLOCK WAREHOUSE...WHERE AN EXTERIOR WALL COLLAPSED...
AN OVERHEAD DOOR WAS BUCKLED...AND THE ROOF COLLAPSED.
SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SCHULLER 
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.BRUSHY POND AREA THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...  

PEAK WIND: 75-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: N/A
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE
START DATE: 3/18/13
START TIME: PENDING
START LOCATION: 10 SW GOOD HOPE AL
START LAT/LON: 34.0253 / -87.0228
END DATE: 3/18/13
END TIME: PENDING
END LOCATION: 9 SW GOOD HOPE AL
END LAT/LON: 34.0206 / -86.9953

SURVEY_SUMMARY: DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 222 IN THE BRUSHY POND AREA. INITIAL DAMAGE
WAS INCURRED TO A WEAK SHED OR GARAGE EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 145 WHERE THE METAL ROOF WAS PEELED
OFF...AND SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED NEARBY. ONE LARGE UPROOTED TREE FELL ON A RESIDENTIAL HOME...
CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. DAMAGE CONTINUED PAST COUNTY ROAD 108 WHERE MANY TREES WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED. ONE TREE FELL ON A NEARBY CAMPER... BUT NO OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.
SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SCHULLER 
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.BOAZ/SARDIS CITY TORNADO...
RATING:                 EF-1 
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 7.9 MI
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: 3
START DATE: MAR 18 2013
START TIME: 3:41 PM CDT
START LOCATION: HWY 431 /JUST NE OF BOAZ IN MARSHALL CO/
START LAT/LON: 34.2048 / -86.1525
END DATE: MAR 18 2013
END TIME: 3:48 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 2.4 MI WNW OF YANCY / ETOWAH / AL
END LAT/LON: 34.1913 / -86.0144

SURVEY SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED DAMAGE IN EXTREME
SOUTHEAST MARSHALL COUNTY AND NORTHERN ETOWAH COUNTY AND DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF
AN EF-1 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 95-105 MPH. THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST
EAST OF US HWY 431 IN BOAZ /MARSHALL COUNTY/ JUST SOUTH OF BRUCE ROAD WITH SOME MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES ALONG HWY 431. THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST-SOUTHEAST CROSSING
MCVILLE ROAD AND AL HWY 168 CAUSING MINOR TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AND WIDENED
TO 300 YARDS AS IT CROSSED BETHSAIDA ROAD...UPROOTING AND SNAPPING NUMEROUS TREES AS IT
APPROACHED ALEWINE ROAD...JUST NORTH OF ELLIS ROAD. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED ON ITS TRACK
INTO ETOWAH COUNTY ABOUT A HALF OF A MILE WEST OF OAK DRIVE WHERE IT SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
SEVERAL PINE TREES. FROM THERE IT MOVED TO THE EAST AND CROSSED BROADWELL ROAD AND OVERTURNED
A TRACTOR TRAILER AND A CAMPER. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES
ALONG THE PATH. SEVERAL BARNS AND SMALL OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED CHUMLEY ROAD...TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE OVERTURNED WHILE MORE TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE MOST
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO APPROACHED ROWEN ROAD. A MOBILE HOME WAS LIFTED AND
OVERTURNED LEAVING ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TWO OTHERS WITH MINOR INJURIES. IN THIS SAME
AREA...TWO ADDITIONAL MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED BROW ROAD...A ONE STORY
BRICK HOME HAD ONE THIRD OF ITS ROOF REMOVED AND WIND BLOWN DEBRIS WAS OBSERVED ON ALL FOUR SIDES
OF THE HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED FURTHER EAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 300 YARDS BEFORE DISSIPATING
AS IT TRACKED UP THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE APPALACHIANS.

SURVEYED BY: NWS BIRMINGHAM
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 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH
SURVEYED BY: NWS BIRMINGHAM

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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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