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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
549 PM CDT SAT JUL 18 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 07/14/15 TORNADO EVENT- UPDATE #3...

.UPDATE...A TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER NORTHWEST LAWRENCE COUNTY.

.LAWRENCE COUNTY ALABAMA TORNADO NEAR TOWN CREEK & COURTLAND...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  11.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   250 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             614 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ALONG COUNTY ROAD 273 ABOUT 1 MILE
                        WEST OF TOWN CREEK.
START LAT/LON:          34.6875 / -87.4294

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               625 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF COURTLAND.
END LAT/LON:            34.6261 / -87.2426

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 273 ABOUT 1
MILE WEST OF TOWN CREEK DOWNING A TELEPHONE POLE AND SEVERAL TREES.
THE TORNADO TRACKED SOUTHEAST TOWARDS THE NORTHWEST PART OF TOWN
CREEK REMOVING ROOF SHINGLES AND BENDING THE METAL ROOF OFF OF THE
HAZELWOOD HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING. ALONG HAZELWOOD STREET NUMEROUS TREES
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED BEHIND THE SCHOOL. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
SOUTHEAST TOWARDS FACTOR STREET WHERE MORE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES
WERE FOUND. THEN, THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 101 CAUSING DAMAGE TO
THE PORCH OF A RESIDENCE. MULTIPLE LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED NEAR A BANK AND A COUPLE OF HOUSES ALONG CHURCH AND MEREDITH
STREETS AS THE TORNADO PROCEEDED SOUTHEAST CROSSING HIGHWAY 20.
SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 20, SOFTWOOD TREE TOPS AND HARDWOOD TREES WERE
SNAPPED CAUSING DAMAGE TO A RESIDENCE NEAR AUBURN STREET. ADDITIONAL
TREE DAMAGE WAS FOUND NEAR THE LAWRENCE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL AIR PARK
AND VALLEY LANDING GOLF COURSE WHERE MULTIPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED. ONE
LARGE HARDWOOD TREE WAS UPROOTED NEAR THE LOCKHEED MARTIN FACILITY
NEAR COURTLAND.

THE TORNADO THEN PROCEEDED SOUTHEAST AND CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 150
ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF COURTLAND RESULTING IN MULTIPLE HARDWOOD AND
SOFTWOOD TREES BEING SNAPPED. IT THEN PROCEEDED TOWARD HIGHWAY 33
WHERE SEVERAL HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.
THE TORNADO THEN MOVED TOWARDS COUNTY ROAD 377 ABOUT 1.5 MILES
SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 20 WHERE IT LIFTED AFTER SNAPPING THE TOP OF ONE
HARDWOOD TREE.

SURVEYED BY: NWS HUNTSVILLE: LATIMER/SAARI
             UA-HUNTSVILLE: LYZA


.MORGAN COUNTY ALABAMA TORNADO SOUTH OF PRICEVILLE...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.76 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             648 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ALONG BETHEL ROAD 2 MILES SOUTH OF
                        PRICEVILLE.
START LAT/LON:          34.4992 / -86.8958

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               650 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           SPRING VALLEY TRAIL 2.75 MILES
                        SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF PRICEVILLE.
END LAT/LON:            34.4897 / -86.8889

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED ALONG BETHEL ROAD ABOUT TWO
MILES SOUTH OF PRICEVILLE. THE TORNADO TRACKED SOUTHEAST UP A RIDGE
INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA ALONG SPRING VALLEY ROAD AND SPRING VALLEY
TRAIL. WIND SPEEDS IN THE TORNADO RANGED FROM 60 TO 80 MPH SNAPPING
NUMEROUS LARGE TREE LIMBS. AT LEAST ONE TALL HARDWOOD TREE WAS
PARTIALLY UPROOTED WHILE ANOTHER WAS FULLY UPROOTED ALTHOUGH IT HAD A
ROTTED BASE. A LARGE PORTION OF A TREE WAS TOPPLED ONTO A HOME ALONG
RIVER VALLEY TRAIL CAUSING DAMAGE TO SIDING, GUTTERS AND THE ROOFTOP.
THE TORNADO THEN LIFTED UPON REACHING SHOAL CREEK ROAD.


SURVEYED BY: NWS HUNTSVILLE: KULA/MURPHY/STUMPF
             UA-HUNTSVILLE: LYZA
             MORGAN COUNTY EMA: CROWELL


.TORNADO IN SOUTHERN MORGAN AND FAR NORTHEAST CULLMAN COUNTY
WEST AND SOUTHWEST OF EVA...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.90 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             659 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ABOUT 4.5 MILES WEST-
                        NORTHWEST OF EVA (MORGAN CO)
START LAT/LON:          34.3547 / -86.8371

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               705 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           ABOUT 1.8 MILES SOUTH-
                        SOUTHWEST OF EVA (CULLMAN CO)
END LAT/LON:            34.3055 / -86.7749

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD 55 NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COYOTE HOLLOW DRIVE. THE TORNADO SNAPPED LARGE LIMBS
AND KNOCKED A MODERATE SIZED TREE DOWN ONTO A HOME. THE TORNADO
SKIPPED A PATH SOUTHEAST ALONG COUNTY ROAD 55 ATOP COOK GAP MOUNTAIN.
THE MOST CONCENTRATED AND INTENSE DAMAGE INCURRED BY THIS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED AT RESIDENCES ALONG AND ADJACENT TO THE INTERSECTION OF
COUNTY ROAD 55 AND UNION HILL CHURCH ROAD. A FEW LARGE TREES AND
LIMBS WERE SNAPPED. A FEW BUT VERY LARGE TREES WERE COMPLETELY
UPROOTED IN THIS GENERAL AREA. PEAK WIND SPEEDS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE
90 TO 95 MPH IN THESE INSTANCES. THE TORNADO THEN SKIPPED ALONG A
PATH A BIT MORE SOUTH-SOUTHEAST CROSSING MADDOX ROAD SNAPPING LARGE
LIMBS OF TREES. THE TORNADO FINISHED ITS PATH JUST ACROSS THE CULLMAN
COUNTY LINE AT EVA ROAD AT COUNTY ROAD 1459 WHERE ANOTHER TREE WAS
SNAPPED AT ITS TRUNK AND WHERE A HOME LOST CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF
SIDING ON THE WEST FACING SIDE.

SURVEYED BY: NWS HUNTSVILLE: KULA/MURPHY/STUMPF
             UA-HUNTSVILLE: LYZA
             MORGAN COUNTY EMA: CROWELL


.TUSCUMBIA/SHEFFIELD TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9.11 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             600 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ALABAMA AVENUE/RIVERFRONT PARK
START LAT/LON:          34.7687/-87.7084

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               613 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           SPRING VALLEY RD JUST WEST OF LAGRANGE RD
END LAT/LON:            34.6575/-87.6218

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG THE SOUTH RIVERBANK
OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER IN SHEFFIELD. THE TORNADO INITIALLY PRODUCED
SUBSTANTIAL TREE DAMAGE ALONG ALABAMA AVENUE ALONG WITH MINOR ROOF
AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED
SOUTHEAST UPROOTING OR SNAPPING NUMEROUS HARDWOOD TREES IN THE
RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS OF SHEFFIELD. HERE MANY HOMES WERE
DAMAGED BY FALLING TREES OR FLYING DEBRIS. SEVERAL HOMEOWNERS
SAID THEY WITNESSED SEEING A FUNNEL CLOUD APPROACHING FROM THE
NORTH. THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG LITTLE ROCK
AVENUE WHERE POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED OR PUSHED OVER. MANY
RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER DUE TO THE STORM.

THE TORNADO NARROWED SOMEWHAT AS IT MOVED SOUTHEAST TOWARD TUSCUMBIA.
DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO TREES JUST EAST OF THE HELEN KELLER HOSPITAL
COMPLEX. POWER LINES WERE BROKEN AND TRANSMISSION LINES WERE BENT
OVER ALONG ELM STREET. A LARGE LIGHT TOWER WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED
AT DESHLER HIGH SCHOOL. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO PRODUCE SPORADIC
DAMAGE AS IT APPROACHED HIGHWAY 43 ROLLING OVER AN UNANCHORED
BUILDING AND PRODUCING MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AT A CAR DEALERSHIP.
THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 72 ALTERNATE WITH MAINLY TREE DAMAGE
NOTED BEFORE IT APPARENTLY LIFTED ALONG SPRING VALLEY ROAD.
NOTE...THIS TORNADO AND "LAGRANGE TORNADO" MAY WELL BE ONE
CONTINUOUS TRACK BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL GIVEN THE LACK
OF SURFACE ROADS TO SURVEY THE ROUGHLY 6 MILES IN BETWEEN.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN AND COLBERT EMA


.LAGRANGE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.66 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             618 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         POPLAR CREEK LOOP WEST OF COUNTY LINE ROAD
START LAT/LON:          34.6032/-87.5256

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               623 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           CR 136 WEST OF CR 135
END LAT/LON:            34.5813/-87.4871

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED TOWN IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF
COLBERT COUNTY IN THE LAGRANGE COMMUNITY. THIS IS THE SAME PARENT
CIRCULATION THAT PRODUCED THE SHEFFIELD/TUSCUMBIA TORNADO. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG POPLAR CREEK LOOP WEST OF CR 48 (COUNTY
LINE ROAD). HERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED OR HAD LARGE SECTION OF
BRANCHES SNAPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE SOUTHEAST CROSSING
COUNTY LINE ROAD. DAMAGE TO MAINLY SOFTWOOD TREES WAS NOTED ALONG
WOLF SPRINGS ROAD AS THE TORNADO STRADDLED THE BRING CROSSING INTO
LAWRENCE COUNTY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED OVER STILLHOUSE HOLLOW
BEFORE PRODUCING MINOR TREE DAMAGE ALONG COUNTY ROADS 135 AND 136. IT
APPEARS AS IF THE TORNADO LIFTED SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN


.MADISON COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.91 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JULY 14 2015
START TIME:             635 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ON BEADLE LANE JUST EAST OF WALL TRIANA HWY
START LAT/LON:          34.6115/-86.7527

END DATE:               JULY 14 2015
END TIME:               637 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           ALONG HAROLD MURPHY DRIVE A QUARTER MILE WEST
                        OF ZIERDT ROAD
END LAT/LON:            34.6010/-86.7429

STORM_SURVEY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED JUST SOUTHEAST OF HUNTSVILLE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND TWISTED A METAL BILLBOARD SIGN. THE TORNADO
PROCEEDED SOUTHEAST INTO THE RIVER LANDING SUBDIVISION...CAUSING
DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. A MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE OCCURRED TO ROOFS
AND FENCES. THIS INCLUDED MISSING SHINGLES...AND SOME GUTTERS AND
SIDING WERE PEELED BACK. OTHER DAMAGE TO SMALL PLASTIC SHEDS WAS
NOTED AND LARGE PORTIONS OF FENCES WERE DESTROYED AND LOFTED INTO
SURROUNDING HOMES. NO DAMAGE TO TREES WAS NOTED BECAUSE THIS WAS A
FAIRLY NEW SUBDIVISION.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/KULA/STUMPF/MURPHY


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 EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

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