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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
329 PM CDT Mon May 1 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for the 04/30/2017 Tornado Event...

.Overview...NWS survey team finds an EF-0 tornado in Northern
Cullman County.

.Vinemont Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:      75 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    10.05 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     215 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               April 30, 2017
Start time:               2:12 PM CDT
Start location:           0.5 SW Vinemont
Start Lat/Lon:            34.24 / -86.87

End date:                 April 30, 2017
End time:                 2:20 PM CDT
End location:             3 SE Eva
End_lat/lon:              34.30 / -86.72

Survey Summary:

A NWS survey team determined the minor damage across portions of northern Cullman
County was attributed to a weak EF-0 tornado with peak winds of 75 MPH.

A strong, bowing line of storms moved quickly through Cullman County the afternoon of
April 30. Within the bowing segment, rotation was detected on radar which tracked through
the north central portions of the county.

The damage team found several EF-0 damage indicators in the Vinemont area in the form of
uprooted softwood trees and large limb damage. General storm motion from the severe line
was northeast. Debris was observed either in a convergent pattern or
oriented in sporatic directions.

The tornado continued north of CR 1422 and CR 1518 toward the Cullman/Morgan Co. line,
south of Eva, AL. In this area, the most concentrated area of damage was observed near CR 1526.
Amongst several trees uprooted, a metal roof was blown off a large garage/barn and
pushed into a single family residence. Additionally, minor roof shingle damage was reported
further north on CR 1526. The tornado likely dissipated nearly CR 1527, south
of the Morgan County 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

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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