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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1044 AM CDT WED OCT 15 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/13/14 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATED
REPORT...
...NEW TORNADO TRACK IDENTIFIED IN NE LAMAR COUNTY...

.OVERVIEW...

AN UPPER LEVEL WEATHER SYSTEM AND SURFACE COLD FRONT APPROACHING
FROM THE WEST KICKED OFF SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS MONDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. ISOLATED SUPERCELLS
AND CLUSTERS OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN THE WARM SECTOR
DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS WELL OUT AHEAD OF AN ORGANIZED SQUALL
LINE IN THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THE SQUALL LINE WEAKENED AS
IT APPROACHED CENTRAL ALABAMA AND CONTINUED TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVED
EASTWARD. THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF TREE DAMAGE AND STRUCTURES
DAMAGED BY TREES. MOST OF THE DAMAGE APPEARED TO BE CAUSED BY
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...BUT THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE TORNADO.

.SHOTTSVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.0 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             4:43 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 NW WESTON
START LAT/LON:          34.2080 / -88.1077

END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               4:52 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 ENE SHOTTSVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            34.2878 / -88.0658

SURVEY_SUMMARY:

A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTERN MARION COUNTY NORTH OF
INTERSTATE 22/US HIGHWAY 78 NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF
TAYLOR ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 11. ALONG COUNTY ROAD 11...TEN TO
TWENTY PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED IN A CONVERGENT PATTERN...WITH
DAMAGE CAUSED TO A CHURCH BY FALLING TREES. THE TORNADO PARALLELED
COUNTY ROAD 11 BRIEFLY...CAUSING MAINLY SPORADIC TREE
DAMAGE...CONTINUING NORTHEAST OVER OPEN FIELDS AND FOREST. AS IT
CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 157 NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 56...SEVERAL TREES
WERE UPROOTED AND TIN WAS PEALED BACK ON A FARM BUILDING. IT
CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD WITH VERY MINOR DAMAGE...CROSSING COUNTY
ROAD 309 AND REID ROAD. THE LAST DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH OCCURRED ON
COUNTY ROAD 13 JUST WEST OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 19...WHERE SEVERAL
PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED RAPIDLY BEYOND
THIS POINT.


.HENSON SPRINGS RD TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             6:48 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 NNE BEAVERTON
START LAT/LON:          34.0087 / -88.0010

END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               6:50 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 SSW MARION COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE
END_LAT/LON:            34.0209 / -87.9893

SURVEY_SUMMARY:

A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EXTREME NORTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY
NORTH OF BEAVERTON. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST TO THE SOUTHWEST
OF HENSON SPRINGS RD AND CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST. THE ONLY DAMAGE
OBSERVED WAS ALONG HENSON SPRINGS ROAD WERE 20-30 TREES WERE EITHER
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. MOST OF THE TREE WERE FACING NORTHEAST BUT
THERE WERE INDICATIONS OF CONVERGENT DAMAGE. NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
WAS OBSERVED IN THE AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST
OVER MOSTLY FORREST AND OPEN FARM LAND. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST TO
THE SOUTHEAST OF THE PIKEVILLE COUNTRY CLUB BEFORE ENTERING MARION
COUNTY. THE START AND END POINTS ARE APPROXIMATE DUE TO LIMITED ROAD
ACCESS IN THE AREA.

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 THESE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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