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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
436 PM CDT TUE APR 12 2016

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR APRIL 6 AND APRIL 7, 2016 TORNADO
AND WIND DAMAGE EVENT...

...CORRECTED FOR TYPO...
...UPDATED TO ADD ADDITIONAL DATA FOR THE BARBOUR CREEK ROAD
TORNADO SURVEY...

A STORM SYSTEM MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WEDNESDAY EVENING,
APRIL 6TH AND EARLY THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 7TH. MINOR DAMAGE AND
MAINLY SMALL HAIL WERE REPORTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL
ALABAMA. THE AIRMASS ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA,
WITH GREATER INSTABILITY AND WIND SHEAR, BECAME MORE SUPPORTIVE
OF STRONGER STORMS AND TORNADOES DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND
UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

.TORNADO #1: PINEDALE TORNADO (MONTGOMERY COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.01 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   250 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1055 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SSE OF MONTGOMERY
START LAT/LON:          32.2960/-86.2387

END DATE:               APR 6 2016
END TIME:               1104 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 MILES W OF PIKE ROAD
END_LAT/LON:            32.2809/-86.1384

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE TO THE SOUTHEAST OF MONTGOMERY
NEAR THE PINEDALE COMMUNITY AND DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF A
TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WOODLEY
ROAD AND VIRGINIA LOOP ROAD. IT CAUSED ONLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE
UNTIL IT CROSSED US HIGHWAY 231 WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED
IN THE PIKE ROAD VILLAGE MOBILE HOME PARK. NUMEROUS LARGE TREES
WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED, SOME OF WHICH DAMAGED OR DESTROYED
MOBILE HOMES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD AND CROSSED BEAN ROAD
WHERE A MOBILE HOME HAD ITS ROOF REMOVED AND WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS
FOUNDATION. THE TORNADO LIFTED NORTH OF MERIWETHER ROAD.

.TORNADO #2: MITCHELL TORNADO (BULLOCK COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.03 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1118 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         6 MILES WSW OF HARDAWAY
START LAT/LON:          32.2579/-85.9388

END DATE:               APR 6 2016
END TIME:               1123 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 MILES SW OF HARDAWAY
END_LAT/LON:            32.2503/-85.8879

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE NEAR THE MITCHELL COMMUNITY AND
DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF A TORNADO. IT TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 110 AND TRACKED EASTWARD FOR APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES
BEFORE DISSIPATING NEAR COUNTY ROAD 7. ALONG THE PATH, SEVERAL
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.

.TORNADO #3: MATHEWS TORNADO (MONTGOMERY COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    65 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.77 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1124 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES WNW SHOPTON
START LAT/LON:          32.1341/-86.0133

END DATE:               APR 6 2016
END TIME:               1126 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 MILES WNW SHOPTON
END_LAT/LON:            32.1324/-86.0002

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE NEAR THE MATHEWS COMMUNITY AND
DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF A BRIEF TORNADO. IT TOUCHED DOWN
JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF US HIGHWAY 82 AND OLD PIKE
ROAD. THE TORNADO CROSSED OLD PIKE ROAD AND SNAPPED A FEW TREES
BEFORE DISSIPATING A SHORT DISTANCE TO THE EAST. ALSO, A TORNADO
DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS OBSERVED FROM THE KMXX RADAR.

.TORNADO #4: THE GREENS TORNADO (LEE COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.72 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   250 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1132 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SSW OF AUBURN
START LAT/LON:          32.5347/-85.5247

END DATE:               APR 6 2016
END TIME:               1133 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 MILES SSW OF AUBURN
END_LAT/LON:            32.5352/-85.5125

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE NEAR THE NEAR THE GREENS
APARTMENT HOMES, SOUTH OF AUBURN, AND DETERMINED THAT A BRIEF EF-0
TORNADO OCCURRED. THE FIRST SIGNS OF TORNADIC DAMAGE WERE SEEN ON
PERSIMMON DRIVE, WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED. TREE BRANCHES
WERE BROKEN ALONG LIVE OAK DRIVE, AND TWO TRAMPOLINES WERE LOFTED
DOWNSTREAM. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED US-29 INTO THE GREENS APARTMENT
HOMES, WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. LIGHT SHINGLE
DAMAGE WAS SEEN ON A FEW UNITS AS WELL. DISSIPATION OF THE TORNADO
TOOK PLACE WITHIN THE COMPLEX NEAR THE CLUBHOUSE, THOUGH THE
CIRCULATION REINTENSIFIED TOWARD THE EAST AND PRODUCED AN ADDITIONAL
EF-O TORNADO (THE PIERCE CHAPEL ROAD TORNADO).

.TORNADO #5: PIERCE CHAPEL ROAD TORNADO (LEE COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    76 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.71 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1144 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SE OF AUBURN
START LAT/LON:          32.5400/-85.4183

END DATE:               APR 6 2016
END TIME:               1150 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 MILES ESE OF BEAUREGARD
END_LAT/LON:            32.5311/-85.3385

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ALONG PIERCE CHAPEL ROAD/COUNTY
ROAD 47, SOUTH OF OPELIKA, AND DETERMINED THAT AN EF-0 TORNADO
OCCURRED. THIS TORNADO RESULTED FROM THE SAME STORM CIRCULATION THAT
PRODUCED AN EF-O NEAR THE GREENS APARTMENTS TOWARD THE WEST.
INITIAL DAMAGE WAS SEEN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 47, BETWEEN SOCIETY HILL
ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 27, OF WHICH INCLUDED A LARGE DOWNED TREE,
BROKEN TREE BRANCHES, AND A FEW PIECES OF METAL SHEETING REMOVED
FROM AN OUTBUILDING. THE TORNADO REMAINED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF
COUNTY ROAD 47 FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, PRODUCING ADDITIONAL VEGETATIVE
DAMAGE. THE CIRCULATION THEN RAN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 47, NEARING
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 51, WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED.
THE TORNADO THEN WEAKENED AS IT MOVED EAST, DISSIPATING AT COUNTY
ROAD 166, BUT STILL TOOK DOWN A FEW TREES BETWEEN HIGHWAY 51 AND
COUNTY ROAD 166.

.TORNADO #6: MIDWAY TORNADO (BULLOCK COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7.74 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   250 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1154 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES NW OF MIDWAY
START LAT/LON:          32.1271/-85.5662

END DATE:               APR 7 2016
END TIME:               1206 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           6 MILES ENE OF MIDWAY
END_LAT/LON:            32.1174/-85.4352

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE IN EASTERN BULLOCK COUNTY, NORTH
OF THE TOWN OF MIDWAY, AND DETERMINED A TORNADO WITH EF-2 INTENSITY
OCCURRED. THE TORNADO BEGAN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 35 WHERE A FEW TREES
WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. A DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS THEN SEEN ON
DOPPLER RADAR AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTBOUND, UPROOTING
ADDITIONAL TREES BETWEEN COUNTY ROAD 35 AND COUNTY ROAD 47. THE
TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 47, WHERE A CHURCH WAS
HEAVILY DAMAGED, INCLUDING WALL AND ROOF FAILURES TO OVER HALF OF
THE BUILDING. HERE, THE TORNADO WAS RATED A LOW-END EF-2. ADJACENT
TREES WERE ALSO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED, AND A FEW NEARBY HOMES
SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE.

THE MOST CHAOTIC SCENE WAS OBSERVED ON A FARMSTEAD JUST EAST OF
COUNTY ROAD 103. AT THIS LOCATION, A SWATH OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED. LARGE METAL FARM EQUIPMENT BUILDINGS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED
OR DESTROYED. THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-2 TORNADO. THE
TORNADO THEN WEAKENED A BIT AS IT MOVED EAST THROUGH THE PROPERTY,
BUT CONTINUED TO DOWN AND SNAP TREES. DEBRIS FROM UPSTREAM DAMAGE AT
THE FARMSTEAD WAS ALSO SEEN SCATTERED ABOUT THE AREA, APPROXIMATELY
ONE HALF MILE DOWNSTREAM. ADDITIONAL VEGETATIVE DAMAGE LIKELY
OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST, WHILE DISSIPATING, TO NEAR
THE BARBOUR/RUSSELL COUNTY LINE IN AN AREA THAT WAS INACCESSIBLE.

.TORNADO #7: RICHARDSON ROAD TORNADO (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7.49 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 6 2016
START TIME:             1157 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES SW OF CRAWFORD
START LAT/LON:          32.4187/-85.2417

END DATE:               APR 7 2016
END TIME:               1205 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 SSW OF LADONIA
END_LAT/LON:            32.4184/-85.1158

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY
AND DETERMINED THE DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ON STILLWELL ROAD JUST TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE CRAWFORD
COMMUNITY. JUST TO THE EAST, THE TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT
REACHED RICHARDSON ROAD. EF-1 DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION,
WITH NUMEROUS LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WITH LARGE ROOT BALLS UPROOTED.
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 90MPH DUE TO THE MAGNITUDE OF THE TREE
DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 200 YARDS ALSO
OCCURRED ALONG RICHARDSON ROAD. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED EASTWARD
WITH INTENSITY QUICKLY DIMINISHING. ONLY SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS
NOTED FARTHER EAST AS THE TORNADO CROSSED BOSWELL ROAD AND CAMP
PARKMAN ROAD. THE TORNADO DOWNED A TREE ALONG ANNA KATE DRIVE CAUSING
ROOF DAMAGE TO A SINGLE FAMILY HOME BEFORE QUICKLY LIFTING.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE RUSSELL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR
THEIR HELP IN CONDUCTING THIS SURVEY.

.WIND DAMAGE #1: CROSSWINDS ROAD WIND DAMAGE (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 N/A
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    76 MPH
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 7 2016
START TIME:             1209 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         3 MILES SW OF PHENIX CITY
START LAT/LON:          32.4384/-85.0499

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY
AND DETERMINED DAMAGE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SANDFORT ROAD AND
CROSSWINDS ROAD IS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE.
A LARGE TREE WAS UPROOTED CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A MOBILE
HOME. MINOR SHINGLE AND UNDERPINNING DAMAGE WAS NOTED ON SEVERAL
ADDITIONAL MOBILE HOMES.

.TORNADO #8: HURRICANE CREEK TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.37 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 7 2016
START TIME:             1216 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         IN BOOT HILL
START LAT/LON:          31.8815/-85.6408

END DATE:               APR 7 2016
END TIME:               1227 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           5 MILES N OF LOUISVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            31.8515/-85.5568

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE WEST OF CLAYTON AND DETERMINED
IT WAS THE RESULT OF A TORNADO. IT TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTH OF THE
INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 9 AND COUNTY ROAD 44 AND CONTINUED
EASTWARD FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES BEFORE DISSIPATING NEAR
COUNTY ROAD 31. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ALONG THE
PATH.

.TORNADO #9: BARBOUR CREEK ROAD TORNADO (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.32 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 7 2016
START TIME:             1222 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES N OF HAWKINSVILLE
START LAT/LON:          32.0982/-85.2216

END DATE:               APR 7 2016
END TIME:               1225 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           5 MILES NNE HAWKINSVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            32.0964/-85.1992

NWS METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE IN SOUTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY AND
DETERMINED A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF THE BARBOUR
COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD AND CROSSED CORBETT CREEK. A
PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS FLIPPED ON A LOCAL FARM ALONG WITH A SMALL
METAL SHED DESTROYED. THE TORNADO THEN CONINTUED EASTWARD AND ALONG
BARBOUR CREEK ROAD. NUMEROUS SMALL PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED ALONG A SHORT PORTION OF THIS ROAD, COMPLETELY BLOCKING
THE ROADWAY AND LIFTED SHORTLY AFTERWARD.

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

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO
HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES...PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICE. YOU CAN ALSO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER BY USING
#BMXWX ON TWITTER OR 205-664-3010. OUR THANKS GOES OUT TO ANY
COUNTY AND LOCAL OFFICIALS WHO ASSISTED US IN OBTAINING SURVEY
INFORMATION.

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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