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


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

.UPDATE...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SW FAYETTE COUNTY...

.OVERVIEW...

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA EARLY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. ISOLATED TORNADOES OCCURRED ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE
BOUNDARY.

.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 PARALELLING 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.

AN NWS SURVEY TEAM AS ALSO CONFIRMED EF-2 TORNADO DAMAGE IN
MCMULLEN IN PICKENS COUNTY. THIS SURVEY IS STILL ONGOING AT THIS
TIME...AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS IT BECOMES
AVAILABLE.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED
PERIODICALLY THROUGH THE DAY...AS SURVEYS TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR
FINDINGS.

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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