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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
611 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 TORNADO/THUNDERSTORM EVENT-UPDATE
1...

.UPDATE...CORRECTED TORNADO ENDPOINT.

.TUSCUMBIA/MUSCLE SHOALS TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             729 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         DOWNTOWN TUSCUMBIA AL
START LAT/LON:          34.7318/-87.7029

END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               733 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           MUSCLE SHOALS AL
END LAT/LON:            34.7661/-87.6580

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN DOWNTOWN
TUSCUMBIA...NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 6TH STREET AND MAIN
STREET...WHERE TWO ROOFS WERE PEELED OFF NEARBY BUSINESSES. THE
BRICK FACADE OF A SMALL RETAIL BUILDING WAS TORN OFF ACROSS 5TH
STREET...AND ITS ROOF WAS PARTIALLY TORN OFF AND ROOFING MATERIAL
VAULTED INTO NEARBY POWER LINES. THE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO HIGH
STREET BETWEEN 3RD AND 4TH STREETS...WHERE A VERY OLD...LARGE PECAN
TREE WAS UPROOTED AND FELL ONTO AN HISTORIC HOME...CAUSING ONE INJURY
TO THE RESIDENT. MULTIPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THIS
RESIDENTIAL AREA...OR HAD LARGE LIMBS BROKEN OFF...AND POWER POLES
WERE ALSO SNAPPED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. MANY MORE OLD TREES WERE
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ACROSS THE ROAD ALONG COMMONS STREET BETWEEN
MULBERRY AND HICKORY STREET.

AT THIS POINT...THE TORNADO APPEARED TO WEAKEN SOMEWHAT AS IT
CROSSED A LARGE CORN FIELD BETWEEN COMMONS STREET AND KING AVENUE. IT
SNAPPED BRANCHES UPON REACHING KING AVENUE AND TOPPLED BRADFORD PEAR
TREES ON THE GROUNDS OF SHOALS HOSPITAL ALONG BILLY BOWLING DRIVE. AS
THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS GRAND...PASADENA...AND FORD AVENUE AND
FORD STREET IN MUSCLE SHOALS...IT DID SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE
TREES THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. VERY MINOR DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO A
COUPLE OF HOUSES...BUT NEARLY ALL DAMAGE WAS TO TREES OR POWER
POLES.

THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT CROSSED FORD STREET AND MOVED INTO A
COMMERCIAL DISTRICT ALONG WOODWARD AVENUE NEAR 2ND STREET. THERE WAS
WIDESPREAD STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND A CHURCH IN THIS
AREA. NUMEROUS AWNINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED...ROOFS WERE PARTLY
TORN OFF OF STRIP MALLS...A FEW WINDOWS WERE BROKEN...AND SEVERAL
LARGE SIGNS ALONG THE ROAD WERE BLOWN DOWN. ROOFING WAS PEELED OFF OF
A USED CAR DEALERSHIP AND GAS STATION AND VAULTED ACROSS THE STREET
INTO A WOODED AREA AND ANOTHER NEARBY GAS STATION. POWER POLES WERE
SNAPPED...AND TWO METAL POWER POLES WERE BENT...DAMAGING THE TRAFFIC
LIGHTS AT THE INTERSECTION. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS 2ND STREET
ONTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY RESERVATION...WHERE IT SNAPPED
MULTIPLE TREES ALONG GARAGE ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING
RESERVATION ROAD...AND LITTLE TO NO DAMAGE WAS NOTED THEREAFTER.
/SOME MINOR STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FARTHER
NORTHEAST...NEAR GRANDVIEW DRIVE NEAR THE TENNESSEE RIVER...BUT THIS
WAS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADO./

SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/SAARI

.10/13/14 NORTH ALABAMA THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

.UPDATE...CORRECTED PATH WIDTH.

PEAK WIND:              100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  50 MILES (APPROXIMATE)
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   4.25 MILES
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 2

START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             0412 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 E GOOD HOPE AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1224/-86.8277

END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               0508 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5 S HARVEST AL
END LAT/LON:            34.7900/-86.7600

SURVEY_SUMMARY: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...WITH THE ASSISTANCE
OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL...CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF DAMAGE
THAT OCCURRED FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON`S STORMS ACROSS SEVERAL COUNTIES
IN NORTH ALABAMA. DURING THE MID AFTERNOON HOURS A COMPLEX OF
THUNDERSTORMS...SIMILAR TO A BOW ECHO...LIFTED NORTHWARD INITIALLY
IMPACTING CULLMAN COUNTY BEFORE EVENTUALLY MOVING ACROSS PORTIONS OF
MORGAN...LIMESTONE AND MADISON COUNTIES.

EXTENSIVE STRAIGHTLINE WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH THIS COMPLEX
OF THUNDERSTORMS. THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FROM
GOOD HOPE TO CULLMAN TO SOUTH VINEMONT IN CULLMAN COUNTY. HERE
A VERY WIDE SWATH OF HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. MANY
OF THESE TREES FELL ON HOMES CAUSING ROOF OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
SOME BUSINESSES ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE OR UPLIFT IN AND
AROUND THE CITY OF CULLMAN. SEVERAL WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED
NEAR THE BASE. THE MAXIMUM WINDS IN CULLMAN COUNTY WERE ESTIMATED
TO BE AROUND 100 MPH. THERE WERE TWO INJURIES REPORTED IN CULLMAN
COUNTY DUE TO FALLING TREES.

THE SWATH OF WINDS CONTINUED TO ADVANCE NORTHWARD WITH SPORADIC DAMAGE
NOTED ALONG THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR. SEVERAL LARGE LIGHT AND POWER
POLES WERE BENT ALONG THE INTERSTATE NEAR MILE MARKER 326. HERE
A ROAD SIGN WAS ALSO TWISTED. SPORADIC MAINLY TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED
IN MORGAN COUNTY FROM FALKVILLE TO HARTSELLE TO PRICEVILLE. HERE
THERE WERE POCKETS OF HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED AND A
FEW BARNS HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE.

AS THE STORM CROSSED THE TENNESSEE RIVER...WIND DAMAGE WAS
OBSERVED ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LIMESTONE COUNTY. SEVERAL
HOMES NEAR ATHENS HAD MINOR DAMAGE DUE TO FALLING TREES. POWERLINES
WERE ALSO TAKEN DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
WAS OBSERVED ALONG HIGHWAY 20 NEAR GREENBRIER WHERE EIGHT POWER
POLES WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE GROUND. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE
IN LIMESTONE COUNTY WAS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS AROUND 70 TO 80 MPH.
HOWEVER...THE SNAPPED POWER POLES WOULD INDICATE A NARROW POCKET OF
STRONGER WINDS PERHAPS TO NEAR 100 MPH. EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WAS ALSO
NOTED TO A ROAD SIGN AND BILLBOARD IN THIS AREA.

FAIRLY MINOR WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED ACROSS MAINLY SOUTHERN AND
WESTERN MADISON COUNTY WHERE POCKETS OF TREE DAMAGE WERE NOTED.
AS THE STORM BEGAN TO WEAKEN THE WIND FIELD EXPANDED OUTWARD WITH
ISOLATED DAMAGE REPORTS ALSO RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF THE CORE OF THE
MAIN WINDS ACROSS EASTERN MADISON COUNTY.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN

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 EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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