April 11, 2008 Severe Weather

Preliminary Information
One storm survey in Madison and one survey in Marshall counties were completed examining storm damage that occurred on Friday, April 11th.  Information found in these surveys is described below. All tornado ratings are using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
 
Madison County

 

A storm survey was completed in Madison county, Alabama just northeast of Meridianville. A tornado was determined to have touched down just southwest of Patterson Lane and Mount Lebanon Road where two irrigation systems were flipped over and two large trees were uprooted. Several small trees were also snapped on the east side of Mount Lebanon Road just south of Patterson Lane. A large tree was uprooted on the south side of Walker Lane, just east of highway 231/431. This damage is consistent with an EF-0 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 70 mph. The estimated path length was 3.8 miles with an estimated path width of 200 yards.

 

Irrigation System flipped near Meridianville Irrigation System flipped near Meridianville Large tree uprooted near Meridianville Another look at tree uprooted near Meridianville
 
Marshall County

 

A storm survey was conducted in two locations in Marshall county where two separate brief tornado touchdowns took place.

The first area, near Union Grove, found damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. The tornado produced moderate damage to the back of one home, destroyed a shed, and several trees were uprooted. The tornado damage path was approximately 1.5 miles in length, and approximately 100 feet in width. Maximum wind speeds were approximately 85 mph with this tornado.

The second area, near Grant, found damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Damage with this tornado included: several uprooted trees, roof materials missing on several barn structures, and some minor roof damage to homes. The tornado damage path was approximately 1.2 miles in length, and approximately 300 feet in width. Maximum wind speeds were approximately 75 mph with this tornado

These storm surveys were completed by National Weather Service Huntsville Meteorologist-In-Charge Mike Coyne, Senior Forecaster David Nadler and members of Marshall County Alabama Emergency Management.

 

Barn Roof Damage near Grant Tree down near Grant on Campbell road Sheet metal from barn near Union Grove on Ballpark road Large tree uprooted near Union Grove on Ballpark road

 


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