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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
835 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 27, 2017 WEAK TORNADOES...

.OVERVIEW...

A pre-frontal trough moved into Central Alabama on Tuesday night April 26.
This boundary slowly pushed southward and was accompanied by some showers
and thunderstorms. The thunderstorms produced severe weather back west
across Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. This boundary appeared to
lose upper level support and the instability was limited. The east to west
boundary drifted into south central Alabama and into Georgia on April 27. The
combination of shear, a boundary, increased low level moisture and instability
produced by insolation was just enough to spin up a few weak tornadoes.

.TORNADO #1 STOWERS ROAD TORNADO (MONTGOMERY & BULLOCK COUNTIES)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length (Statute):  5.60 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   250 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 27 2017
Start Time:             903 AM (CDT)
Start Location:         3 ESE Carters Hill
Start Lat/Lon:          32.1822/-86.0712

End Date:               Apr 27 2017
End Time:               914 AM (CDT)
End Location:           4 WSW Mitchell
End Lat/Lon:            32.2334/-85.9973

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage
in Montgomery and Bullock Counties. This damage was consistent with a
tornado. The tornado touched down about 2 miles NW of the Matthews Community,
just north of US Highway 82. The first damage was located on Perry Lane and on
Hayneville Ridge Road. A few trees were snapped off and some other tree damage
was noted. The tornado traveled northeastward and knocked a few more trees
down along Old Pike Road. the strongest and most concentrated damage occurred as
the tornado approached the Bullock County Line. Numerous trees were snapped off
around Stowers Road and along the remained of the damage path. A few homes
sustained minor roof damage and one outbuilding had its roof removed. The tornado
lifted just inside the Bullock County Line along CR 37. The tornado damage path was
5.60 miles long and was 250 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #2 TROY TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.82 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 27 2017
Start Time:             1125 AM (CDT)
Start Location:         3 NE Troy
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8349/-85.9310

End Date:               Apr 27 2017
End Time:               1135 AM (CDT)
End Location:           4 NNW Banks
End Lat/Lon:            31.8677/-85.8571

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage
in Pike County. This damage was consistent with a tornado. The tornado
formed just south of Highway 29 northeast of Troy, as it crossed Radio
Station Road. The tornado snapped and uprooted dozens of trees as it
moved through residential areas south of Highway 29, damaging or
destroying several outbuildings and causing minor shingle and overhang
damage to homes. In addition, a mobile home was flipped over onto its
roof just before Thomas Road, but did not appear to be well-anchored.
The tornado crossed Highway 29 just west of the Dunn community. As the
tornado crossed CR 7757, one large hardwood tree was snapped and another
was uprooted, falling on a home. The tornado paralleled CR 7761, continuing
to snap and uproot dozens of additional softwood and hardwood trees. A poorly
built shed was completely destroyed near the intersection with CR 7759 with
tin lofted well downstream. Tree damage began to diminish further northeast
and the tornado dissipated before reaching Highway 223. The tornado damage
path was 4.82 miles long and was 150 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #3 WILLIAMS MILL BRANCH TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    60-65 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.20 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   75 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 27 2017
Start Time:             418 PM (CDT)
Start Location:         4 NW Clayton
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9209/-85.5103

End Date:               Apr 27 2017
End Time:               422 PM (CDT)
End Location:           4 NW Clayton
End Lat/Lon:            31.9250/-85.4908

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage
in Barbour County. This damage was consistent with a tornado. The tornado
touched down in a wooded area between Williams Spur and CR 51. This location
is northwest of Clayton. The tornado caused sporadic tree damage, mostly branches.
Some of the areas were completely inaccessible for survey purposed. Two hunters
filmed the tornado as it went by.  The tornado damage path was 1.20 miles long
and was 75 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #4 CLAYTON TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80-85 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.30 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   175 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               3

Start Date:             Apr 27 2017
Start Time:             559 PM (CDT)
Start Location:         1 SSW Clayton
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8694/-85.4566

End Date:               Apr 27 2017
End Time:               603 PM (CDT)
End Location:           1 E Clayton
End Lat/Lon:            31.8806/-85.4392

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage
in Barbour County. This damage was consistent with a tornado. The tornado
touched down in the Clayton City Limits along Highway 30, just east of Mill
Drum Place. The tornado moved northeast a knocked a few trees down on Clayton
Street and Midway Street. One of these large trees landed on a mobile home.
One adult and two children were injured at this location on Midway Street.
The tornado continued northeast and went through the eastern part of Clayton.
Several trees were uprooted and several structures suffered minor damage or
trees landed on them. The tornado lifted at Oak Avenue just before Browder
Street. The tornado damage path was 1.30 miles long and was 175 yards wide
at its widest point.


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 event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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