NWS Huntsville Storm Survey From 01/30/2013
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
440 PM CST SAT FEB 2 2013

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/30/13 TORNADO EVENT...

IN COORDINATION WITH LINCOLN COUNTY /TN/ EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCY...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS CONDUCTED A
STORM SURVEY ON A PATH OF DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED FROM THUNDERSTORMS
DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF WEDNESDAY /JANUARY 30 2013/. BELOW
ARE THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS FROM THE SURVEY.

.WEST-CENTRAL LINCOLN COUNTY /TENNESSEE/ TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   250 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 30 2013
START TIME:             4:46 AM CST
START LOCATION:         JUST SOUTHEAST OF DELLROSE (TN)
START LAT/LON:          35.098651 / -86.78462

END DATE:               JAN 30 2013
END TIME:               4:53 AM CST
END LOCATION:           6 MILES WEST OF FAYETTEVILLE (TN)
END LAT/LON:            35.12868 / -86.69862

SURVEY SUMMARY:
EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING (JANUARY 30TH)...A SHORT-LIVED TORNADO
TRAVELED SLIGHTLY OVER 5 MILES...IMPACTING PORTIONS OF WEST-CENTRAL
LINCOLN COUNTY /TN/ ALONG THE ELK RIVER BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF DELLROSE
AND FAYETTEVILLE. THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN A FIELD JUST
WEST OF CHEATHAM ROAD...ABOUT 1/4 MILE SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 273 (OLD
ELKTON PIKE)...WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO THEN
QUICKLY TRACKED NORTHEAST FLIPPING OVER A LARGE IRRIGATION SYSTEM...
UPROOTING AND SNAPPING SEVERAL LARGE CEDAR TREES AND BLOWING IN 2
METAL GARAGE DOORS TO A BARN.

ABOUT A MILE DOWNSTREAM...OFF JD SUGGS ROAD...A 40X60-FOOT METAL
SHED/BARN WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. RIGHT ALONG JD SUGGS ROAD...A
TRAILER WAS ROLLED ON ITS SIDE AND SIGNIFICANT ROOF/SIDING DAMAGE WAS
SEEN TO AN OLDER BARN. NUMEROUS LARGE SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED
NEAR THE BASE OR UPROOTED AROUND THIS LOCATION. THIS IS WHERE THE
TORNADO APPEARED TO BE AT ITS STRONGEST...WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF
AROUND 100 MPH AND A MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF AROUND 250 YARDS. JUST
NORTHEAST...ALONG CURTIS ROAD...ADDITIONAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED AND ANOTHER LARGE IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS TURNED OVER. AN
ATTACHED GARAGE/SHED ALONG THE SIDE OF A RESIDENCE COLLAPSED WITH
SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED/UPROOTED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST
CROSSING THE ELK RIVER AND SNAPPING A FEW TREES NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF HIGHWAY 274 (OLD RAILROAD BED ROAD) AND HOVIS BEND ROAD. THE SIDE
OF A SMALL BARN WAS BLOWN IN AND A PORTION OF ITS ROOF WAS RIPPED
OFF AT A RESIDENCE JUST UP THE ROAD ALONG HIGHWAY 274. THIS WAS THE
LAST OF ANY IDENTIFIABLE DAMAGE SEEN ALONG THIS PATH AS THE TORNADO
GRADUALLY WEAKENED AND LIFTED OVER A FIELD BETWEEN HIGHWAY 274 AND
DYER ROAD.

SURVEY CONDUCTED BY: NADLER /NWS HUNTSVILLE/

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

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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