Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Birmingham, AL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1050 PM CST MON NOV 17 2014

...STORM SURVEYS FROM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH...

...UPDATED FOR ADDITIONAL PIKE AND BULLOCK COUNTY SURVEY INFO...

.EVENT OVERVIEW...

A SURFACE LOW INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST
ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER
16TH INTO EARLY MORNING HOURS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH. AS IT DID
SO...WARM MOIST UNSTABLE AIR SURGED NORTHWARD TO THE EAST OF THE
LOW ACROSS THE INTERSTATE 85 CORRIDOR. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
DEVELOPED IN THIS WARM SECTOR AND MOVED NORTHEAST CAUSING TREE AND
POWER LINE DAMAGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF RURAL PERRY...PIKE...
BULLOCK...AND RUSSELL COUNTIES.

SURVEY UPDATE:

.SHELLHORN TORNADO (PIKE AND BULLOCK COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  24.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             11/17/2014
START TIME:             445 AM
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SW OF ANSLEY
START LAT/LON:          31.8436/-86.1844

END DATE:               11/17/2014
END TIME:               517 AM
END LOCATION:           4 MILES SW OF INVERNESS
END_LAT/LON:            32.0023/-85.8105


THIS TORNADO IS A CONTINUATION FROM THE TRACK SURVEYED IN CRENSHAW
COUNTY BY THE MOBILE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED INTO PIKE COUNTY CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 1160 WHERE
NUMEROUS HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES SUSTAINED DAMAGE. MOST OF THE
DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS SHEARED TREE TOPS...AND LARGE BROKEN BRANCHES.
FROM THERE...THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PORTION OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND
WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 1139. SEVERAL TREES
WERE SNAPPED ABOUT HALF WAY UP AND SEVERAL TREES WERE ALSO
UPROOTED. AT THIS LOCATION...THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS ALSO MEASURED.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING SEVERAL MORE COUNTY ROADS
AND HIGHWAY 231. TREE DAMAGE WAS MINOR AND SPORADIC FOR MUCH OF
THE REST OF THE PATH...WITH MAINLY LARGE TREE BRANCHES AND LIMBS
DOWN. THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT CROSSED INTO BULLOCK COUNTY ALONG
COUNTY ROADS 15 AND 8...NEAR STILLS CROSSROADS.

.RUSSELL COUNTY...

WE ARE STILL WORKING WITH THE RUSSELL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCY WITH REGARDS TO THE DAMAGE IN SOUTHEAST RUSSELL COUNTY.

.PERRY COUNTY...

ADDITIONAL DAMAGE REPORTS HAVE ALSO BEEN RECEIVED FROM PERRY COUNTY.
RADAR INDICATES A TDS SIGNATURE WITH THE DAMAGE...AND WE WILL BE
SENDING A SURVEY CREW OUT TO THE DAMAGED AREAS ON TUESDAY.

FURTHER PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE ON TUESDAY...AS SURVEY
TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR FINDINGS.

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.

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