PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
338 PM CDT MON MAR 30 2009 

...INITIAL NWS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT RESULTS FROM CENTRAL BALDWIN COUNTY
STORMS OF FRIDAY MORNING 27 MARCH 2009...

A DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS
COMPLETED AN INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF THE STORMS THAT MOVED
THROUGH THE ROBERTSDALE AND ELSANOR COMMUNITIES OF CENTRAL BALDWIN
COUNTY ALABAMA EARLY ON THE MORNING OF MARCH 27 2009. THE TEAM
FOUND EVIDENCE OF DAMAGING WINDS THAT OCCURRED ALONG THE LEADING
EDGE OF A SEVERE BOW ECHO THAT MOVED THROUGH THE ROBERTSDALE AND
ELSANOR AREAS BETWEEN 4 AM AND 415 AM CDT FRIDAY MORNING.

THE TEAM FOUND A PATH OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE FROM 200 TO 400
YARDS WIDE AND WAS NEAR 2 MILES IN LENGTH. THE WORST DAMAGE ALONG
THE PATH OCCURRED NEAR THE COUNTY ROAD 85 AREA JUST NORTH OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 90 WHERE 6 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES OF VARYING CONSTRUCTION
TECHNIQUES EXPERIENCED SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO ROOFS, AND
WALLS. SEVERAL OUT-BUILDINGS AND SMALLER STRUCTURES WERE ALSO
DESTROYED NEAR SEVERAL RESIDENCES ALONG THE PATH OF DAMAGING WINDS.
ALL OF THE EVIDENCE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A 120 MPH STRAIGHT LINE WIND
EVENT WHERE ALL OF THE DEBRIS WAS BLOWN IN A SINGLE DIRECTION...FROM
WEST-SOUTHWEST TO EAST-NORTHEAST.


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