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Issued by NWS Huntsville, AL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
526 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

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

PEAK WIND:              100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  50 MILES (APPROXIMATE)
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   4.25 YARDS
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

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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