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Public Information Statement...Corrected
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
436 PM CST Thu Dec 1 2016

...Correction was for the Ending Lat/Lon for the Cullman/Winston
Tornado in Cullman County, as well as the Start Date/Time of the
Union Grove Tornado...

...NWS Damage Survey for 11/29/16 to 11/30/16 Tornado Event-Update
#3...

...Added Cullman (County-line) and Marshall County (Union Grove)
tornadoes...


.Cullman County/County-line (Winston County) Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      100 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    350 Yards
Path width /Maximum/:     50 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Nov 29 2016
Start time:               903 PM CST
Start location:           near Nesmith AL
Start Lat/Lon:            34.1745/-87.1109

End date:                 Nov 29 2016
End time:                 906 PM CST
End location:             near Nesmith AL
End lat/lon:              34.1760/-87.4189

Survey Summary:

Note: This is the continuation of a tornado that started in Winston
County, Alabama

The tornado that began in Winston County producing EF-1 damage
continued into NW Cullman County near Nesmith, AL where multiple
hardwood and softwood trees were snapped as it moved towards a
storage shed building on County Road 1024.

As it moved towards the small building the tornado uplifted the roof
of the building causing the walls collapse and sending debris across
a field. Then, as the tornado proceeded northeast it uplifted the
metal roof on another single family building. This damage was
consistent with EF-1 intensity and was the strongest damage with
this portion of the tornado track. More trees were snapped just to
the northeast of this position on County Road 1024 near another
single family home before it lifted.

.Union Grove Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      100 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    1.2 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     50 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Nov 29 2016
Start time:               1105 PM CST
Start location:           3 NW Union Grove
Start Lat/Lon:            34.4315/-86.5032

End date:                 Nov 29 2016
End time:                 1111 PM CST
End location:             3 NW Union Grove
End lat/lon:              34.4403/-86.4828

Survey Summary:

A tornado developed near Union Grove Road and Tinner Mayo road
intersection in the Union Grove Community. As it developed multiple
trees were snapped and uprooted causing minor roof damage to one
single family home. More significant home damage was sustained to
another nearby single family house due to trees snapping and falling
on the roof.

As the tornado proceeded northeast to Tinner Mayo Road, it flipped a
recreational vehicle and moved it into a single family home causing
damage to the home and destroying the recreational vehicle.
Meanwhile, the tornado caused shingles to come off the roof of this
single family house. Further to the northeast, the tornado uplifted
the roof of a storage shed for hay and caused minor roof damage to a
double wide manufactured home.

More damage was sustained to a single family dwelling near Tinner-
Mayo and Brock Chapel road as the tornado continued northeast where
the roof was completely uplifted and blown into the field. The
tornado then snapped a few more hardwood trees before lifting just
northeast of Bean Rock Road.

.Monte Sano/Ryland/Maysville Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:      125 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    11.5 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     100 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Nov 29 2016
Start time:               929 PM CST
Start location:           3 ENE Huntsville (Monte Sano)
Start Lat/Lon:            34.74 / -86.53

End date:                 Nov 29 2016
End time:                 947 PM CST
End location:             6 SE New Market
End lat/lon:              34.83 / -86.36

Survey Summary:
Initial continuous damage was found along the leading edge of Monte
Sano Mountain close to the intersection of Monte Sano Blvd. and Nolan
Avenue. Several trees were snapped and uprooted as it moved along the
northern brow of the mountain. A clear, continuous path of snapped
trees was observed just north of the RV campground area of Monte
Sano State Park. From here, the tornado skipped down the northeast
face of the mountain, caused minor tree damage near Wall Road, US
Highway 72, and Morring Road.

More significant damage resumed near Ryland Pike near its
intersection with Delta Pine Dr. Trees were snapped on Ryland Pike,
then the tornado entered the Central Estates neighborhood. At least
15 houses had at least some roof decking removed in the
neighborhood. A few houses had large sections of the roof structure
removed, including one house on Moontown Road which had its entire
roof and roof structure removed. Elsewhere around the neighborhood,
many more houses had at least superficial damage to fascias and
gutters, or had privacy fencing blown away.

The Flint Ridge horse farm suffered significant damage. Nearly all
of the tin roofing was removed from one large and one small horse
barn, and a riding arena was completely destroyed. Nearly all of the
trees within 50-75 yards of the farm buildings were snapped. The
tornado was clearly at its strongest between the house that lost all
roofing, and the horse farm damage. At this location, the peak
intensity is set at 125 MPH, an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The tornado continued over a nearby ridge and weakened slightly,
snapping and uprooting more trees along Hurricane Creek Road, Sharps
Cove Road, and Neal Drive. Additional damage to houses was noted
along Sharps Cove and Neal Drive, where roofing was peeled off a
manufactured home and nearby single family home.

Little additional damage was noted later along Sharps Cove Road near
the Madison-Jackson County line, or in the surrounding hillsides.
The end point is set on the ridge line west of Sharps Cove Road.

.Crooked Oak/Underwood/Frankfort Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:      115 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    11 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     100 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 3

Start date:               Nov 29 2016
Start time:               705 PM CST
Start location:           9 NNW Russellville
Start Lat/Lon:            34.5415/-87.9038

End date:                 Nov 29 2016
End time:                 723 PM CST
End location:             7 SSW Tuscumbia
End lat/lon:              34.6272/-87.7439

Survey Summary:

A supercell crossed over northern Franklin County Alabama and a
tornado developed and touched down near Lost Creek Road on the
northeast side of the Cedar Creek Reservoir. When it touched down, a
number of hardwood trees, softwood trees, and power poles were
snapped and a well built single family home lost a significant amount
of the roofing material and the one occupant of the home was injured
when the tornado occurred. The home also shifted with cracks noted on
the concrete undergirding of the home. This is where the tornado was
at its strongest (EF-2). The tornado quickly moved northeast snapping
10-20 trees and power poles as it moved towards the Frankfort
Community along County Road 88.

After crossing into Colbert County, more softwood and hardwood trees
were snapped causing damage to a single wide manufactured home and
car shed on Jones Road. More softwood and hardwood trees were snapped
as the tornado continued northeast across County Road 49. Then,
as the tornado continued to move northeast multiple softwood and
hardwood trees were snapped close to Underwood Mountain Road before
striking a single wide manufactured home. The single wide
manufactured home sustained damage consistent with EF-1 rating with
destruction of roof and walls leaving floor and undercarriage in
place. Two people within this home sustained injuries. Another single
family dwelling next to this manufactured home sustained damage
uplift of the roof damage while more snapped hardwood trees were
noted just to the northeast of these houses. This is also where the
tornado had the largest width of 100 yards. The tornado then lifted
shortly after this damage occurred.

.Rosealie Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:      127 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    1.70 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     204 Yards
Fatalities:               3
Injuries:                 N/A

Start date:               Nov 30 2016
Start time:               1202 AM CST
Start location:           4 ENE Pisgah
Start Lat/Lon:            34.70 / -85.78

End date:                 Nov 30 2016
End time:                 1204 AM CST
End location:             6 ENE Pisgah
End_lat/lon:              34.71 / -85.75

Survey Summary:
A potent and very fast moving super cell impacted Eastern Jackson
County and Northern DeKalb County shortly after midnight on Nov. 30,
2016. Rosalie, AL and Ider, AL were the most impacted areas with
several houses and small buildings destroyed.

Rosalie: Sporatic damage was first observed along CR-71, north of
Pisgah with much more widespread tree and structure damage observed
CR-71 and CR-60, entering into Rosalie, where the tornado was
suspected to touch down. Numerous hardwood and pine softwood trees
were observed to be uprooted or snapped along with several wooden
power line poles snapped.  As the tornado moved ENE, nearly on top
of CR-71, roof damage was reported to a brick church.  Additionally,
a large two story wooden structure (used for church related
receptions) was heavily damaged. Damage indicators for that
structure were related to a small barn. EF-1 damage was recorded for
the area around the church with winds approx.
100 mph.

EF-2 damage was observed nearly one quarter mile further ENE along
CR-71. A long, one story strip mall was destroyed (Rosalie Plaza
Grocery). The assessment team noted that the roof was not strapped
down and that cinder blocks were only held together by mortar. It
was determined that the tornado likely blew the roof off the
structure which quickly led to the block walls to collapse. Winds of
125 mph were estimated.

Additional EF-2 damage was reported one quarter to one third mile
further ENE along CR-71. Several mobile homes, with at least one
mobile home noted to have been tied down, were completely destroyed.
Three fatalities were reported from this section of damage.
Additionally, numerous softwood trees were either uprooted or
snapped along with several wooden power poles snapped.

The tornado appeared to briefly lift about half of a mile north of
the CR-71 and CR-78 intersection with only minor tree damage
reported. However, the supercell continued to track ENE and
redeveloped the tornado in DeKalb County near Ider.

.Ider Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-3
Estimated Peak Wind:      145  MPH
Path length /Statute/:    7.5 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     156 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 7

Start date:               Nov. 30 2016
Start time:               1210 AM
Start location:           3 NNW Ider
Start Lat/Lon:            34.74 / -85.69

End date:                 Nov. 30 2016
End time:                 1218 AM
End location:             10 NNW Ider
End_lat/lon:              34.78 / -85.57

Survey Summary:
***Please note that a supplemental survey will be conducted tomorrow
to finalize this damage track***

A potent and very fast moving super cell impacted Eastern Jackson
County and Northern DeKalb County shortly after midnight on Nov. 30,
2016. Rosalie, AL and Ider, AL were the most impacted areas with
several houses and small buildings destroyed.

Ider: Significant damage was observed from the tornado along CR-117
and CR-159. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were either
uprooted or snapped at the trunk along CR-772 leading up to CR-159.
The strongest winds of this tornado were recorded near this
location. A one story day care center was completely destroyed and
blown off its foundation. Preliminary info recorded 7 injuries. The
damage assessment team noted the structure was bolted the
foundation, however the floor plates connecting to the foundation
were observed to have some degree of degradation. This led to a
preliminary assessment of a tornado of EF-3 strength with winds
approx. 145 mph.

Between CR-117 and CR-784, numerous chicken farm structures were
destroyed along with a house that was shifted off its foundation.
Preliminary assessment determined winds ENE of the day care to
between EF-1 and EF-2 strength, peaking at approx. 120 mph.

DeKalb EMA reported that the tornado caused some minor damage to a
barn near the Deer Head Cove near the AL/GA border and possible
continued across the GA state 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

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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