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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
850 PM CST WED FEB 3 2016

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR FEBRUARY 2ND TORNADO EVENT...

.UPDATE...ADDED PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ON MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON
TORNADO...

.OVERVIEW...

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA EARLY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. FOUR TORNADO TRACKS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN CENTRAL
ALABAMA ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM.


.MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  28.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             431 PM CST
START LOCATION:         9.9 MILES SSW OF MEMPHIS
START LAT/LON:          32.9982 / -88.3398

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               509 PM CST
END LOCATION:           5.5 MILES NNE OF REFORM
END_LAT/LON:            33.3350 / -88.0666

THE TORNADO WAS LIKELY ALREADY ON THE GROUND AS IT CROSSED THE
STATE LINE FROM MISSISSIPPI...JUST NORTH OF THE SUMTER/PICKENS
COUNTY LINE. FROM THERE IT CONTINUED ON A NORTH-NORTHEAST PATH
ON A DIAGONAL ACROSS A LARGE PART OF PICKENS COUNTY. IT CROSSED
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 14 NEAR THE MCMULLEN COMMUNITY...NORTHWEST OF
ALICEVILLE....WHERE IT PRODUCED ITS HIGHEST RATED /EF-2/ DAMAGE.
FROM THERE...IT CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHEAST...MOVING ACROSS THE
WESTERN SIDE OF THE CITY OF CARROLLTON ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 17. THE TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED NEAR HERBERT
WINDLE ROAD...BETWEEN CARROLLTON AND REFORM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM GROUND SURVEYS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
TORNADO IS STILL BEING COMPILED...AND WILL BE ADDED TO THIS
STATEMENT AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.


.ASHCRAFT CORNER TORNADO (FAYETTE COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             536 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 MILE NW OF ASHCRAFT CORNER
START LAT/LON:          33.5399 / -87.9153

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               545 PM CST
END LOCATION:           3 MILES SE OF BELK
END_LAT/LON:            33.6239 / -87.8815

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG ASHCRAFT CORNER CUTOFF AND TRACKED
NORTHEAST ALMOST PARALLELING AL HWY 159 BETWEEN COUNTY ROADS 1
AND 2. IT THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST ALONG OWENS RD BEFORE LIFTING
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 4. THE DAMAGE CONSISTED MAINLY OF SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED TREES. THE ONLY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE FOUND ALONG THE PATH
WAS MINOR SHINGLE AND PORCH DAMAGE TO ONE RESIDENCE AT THE
INTERSECTION OF AL HWY 159 AND SUMMERS DRIVE.


.BEAVERTON TORNADO (LAMAR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   400 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             810 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3.7 MILES S OF BEAVERTON
START LAT/LON:          33.8779 / -88.0210

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               816 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 MILES E OF BEAVERTON
END_LAT/LON:            33.9300 / -87.9856

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CHASTAIN RD NEAR TAYLOR SPRINGS RD.
IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST AND PRODUCED MAJOR ROOF DAMAGE TO ONE
RESIDENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF POND RD AND GARRISON RD. FROM
THERE THE TORNADO TURNED MORE TO THE NORTHEAST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING
TREES AS IT CROSSED CR 49...PINEY GROVE RD...PINEWOOD CIRCLE AND
TURKEY BRANCH RD. ONE RESIDENCE ON PINEWOOD CIRCLE SUSTAINED MINOR
SHINGLE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CAUSING ONLY TREE
DAMAGE UNTIL IT LIFTED ALONG SORGHUM HOLLOW RD.


.ETHELSVILLE TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-O
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1400 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             1102 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 MILES SE OF ETHELSVILLE
START LAT/LON:          33.3956 / -88.1635

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               1108 PM CST
END LOCATION:           6.2 MILES ENE OF ETHELSVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            33.4336 / -88.1070

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BETWEEN KEASLER RD AND HERITAGE RD
JUST NORTH OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS. IT MOVED NORTHEAST CROSSING
COUNTY ROAD 30...COUNTY ROAD 35...US HWY 82 AND PRICE RD
CAUSING ONLY TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING
COUNTY ROAD 45.



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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