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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1238 PM CST THU FEB 4 2016

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

.UPDATE...ADJUSTED THE START LOCATION/TIME AND PATH LENGTH OF THE
MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON TORNADO. DISCUSSIONS REGARDING THE PATH WITH
WFO JACKSON INDICATE THAT THE PATH WAS NOT CONTINUOUS. THE
ESTIMATED START POINT IS NOW JUST WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 87 AND SOUTH
OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 32. WE ALSO MADE A MINOR ADJUSTMENT TO THE END
LOCATION AND ADDED FURTHER DESCRIPTION OF THE TRACK.

.OVERVIEW...

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA EARLY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. FOUR TORNADO TRACKS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN CENTRAL
ALABAMA ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM.

.MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  26.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             434 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5 MILES WSW OF COCHRANE
START LAT/LON:          33.0273 / -88.3177

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               509 PM CST
END LOCATION:           6 MILES NNE OF CARROLLTON
END_LAT/LON:            33.3401 / -88.0636

THE TORNADO...PRODUCED BY CYCLIC SUPERCELL COMING OUT OF
MISSISSIPPI...FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY
SOUTH OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 32 AND WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 87. FROM THERE
IT CONTINUED ON A NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD PATH ON A DIAGONAL ACROSS A
LARGE PART OF PICKENS COUNTY. THE TORNADO WAS CAUGHT LIVE ON
CAMERA BY LOCAL MEDIA JUST AFTER IT CROSSED THE INTERSECTION OF
HIGHWAY 32 AND COUNTY ROAD 1 JUST WEST OF COCHRANE. IT CONTINUED
NORTHEAST TO THE COCHRANE CAMPGROUND ON THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER...WHERE
SCORES OF TREES WERE SNAPPED...CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE TO ONE OF THE
BUILDINGS ON THE CAMPGROUND. THE TORNADO FIRST REACHED EF-2
MAGNITUDE AS IT CROSSED PRIVATE WOODED LAND JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY
ROAD 78 SNAPPING AND UPROOTING HUNDREDS OF TREES. AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED HUFF-BARNETT ROAD IT MOWED DOWN A WIDE SWATH OF
TREES...WITH A DISTINCT CLASSIC CONVERGENCE PATTERN OF TREE FALL
JUST EAST OF BEAVER CREEK. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD
ACROSS ALABAMA HIGHWAY 14 CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE FEDERAL
PRISON...AND THEN MOVED ON TO THE MARTIN LUTHER KING ROAD/SAPP
COMMUNITY NORTHWEST OF ALICEVILLE...WHERE THE TORNADO REACHED ITS
HIGHEST RATED STRENGTH /EF-2/ DAMAGE. MANY OF THE HOMES IN THIS
PORTION OF THE SAPP COMMUNITY RECEIVED SOME EXTENT OF DAMAGE...AND
SEVERAL WERE DESTROYED. FROM THERE...THE WEAKENING TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO ALABAMA HIGHWAY
17 OVER OPEN AND FORESTED RURAL PICKENS COUNTY...UNTIL IT PASSED
JUST WEST OF CARRROLLTON. THE TORNADO REINTENSIFIED AND BROADENED
SOMEWHAT...WITH A MORE SIGNIFICANT TREE-FALL CAUSING DAMAGE TO A
FEW HOMES ON THE WEST SIDE OF CARROLLTON. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON
THE SAME NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD PATH...GRADUALLY WEAKENING OVER RURAL
AREAS BEFORE LIFTING NEAR HERBERT WINDLE ROAD SOUTHWEST OF REFORM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM GROUND SURVEYS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
TORNADO IS STILL BEING COMPILED...AND WILL BE ADDED TO THIS
STATEMENT AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

.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 PARALLELING 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.

.BEAVERTON TORNADO (LAMAR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   400 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             810 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3.7 MILES S OF BEAVERTON
START LAT/LON:          33.8779 / -88.0210

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               816 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 MILES E OF BEAVERTON
END_LAT/LON:            33.9300 / -87.9856

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CHRISTAIN RD NEAR TAYLOR SPRINGS
RD. IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST AND PRODUCED MAJOR ROOF DAMAGE TO ONE
RESIDENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF POND RD AND GARRISON RD. FROM
THERE THE TORNADO TURNED MORE TO THE NORTHEAST SNAPPING AND
UPROOTING TREES AS IT CROSSED CR 49...PINEY GROVE RD...PINEWOOD
CIRCLE AND TURKEY BRANCH RD. ONE RESIDENCE ON PINEWOOD CIRCLE
SUSTAINED MINOR SHINGLE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST
CAUSING ONLY TREE DAMAGE UNTIL IT LIFTED ALONG SORGHUM HOLLOW RD.

.ETHELSVILLE TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-O
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1400 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             FEB 2, 2016
START TIME:             1102 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 MILES SE OF ETHELSVILLE
START LAT/LON:          33.3956 / -88.1635

END DATE:               FEB 2, 2016
END TIME:               1108 PM CST
END LOCATION:           6.2 MILES ENE OF ETHELSVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            33.4336 / -88.1070

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BETWEEN KEASLER RD AND HERITAGE RD
JUST NORTH OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS. IT MOVED NORTHEAST CROSSING
COUNTY ROAD 30...COUNTY ROAD 35...US HWY 82 AND PRICE RD
CAUSING ONLY TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING
COUNTY ROAD 45.

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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