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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
235 PM CST WED NOV 19 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/14 TORNADO EVENT...

.UPDATE...TO INCLUDE RUSSELL COUNTY.

.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.

.POLECAT CREEK TORNADO (PERRY COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             NOV 11 2014
START TIME:             1:11 AM CST
START LOCATION:         4 WNW FOLSOM
START LAT/LON:          32.6990 / -87.4659

END DATE:               NOV 11 2014
END TIME:               1:15 AM CST
END LOCATION:           1 S MORGAN SPRINGS
END_LAT/LON:            32.7309 / -87.4184

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN A FEW HUNDRED YARDS WEST OF BOOTS
NORTHCUTT ROAD, NORTH OF ALABAMA HWY 14 IN WESTERN PERRY COUNTY.
AS IT CROSSED THE ROAD TO THE EAST, THE TORNADO TOSSED NUMEROUS
UNSECURED OBJECTS AROUND A HOME INTO THE WOODS...WHERE A FEW
HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE NORTHEAST
ACROSS INACCESSIBLE LAND...THEN CROSSED LOWER POLECAT ROAD.
NUMEROUS HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND TOSSED INTO
AN OPEN FIELD...AND A FEW HARDWOODS AT THE OPPOSITE EDGE OF THE
FIELD WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO CROSSED MORE INACCESSIBLE LAND
AND WEAKENED AS IT CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 23...THEN QUICKLY
DISSIPATED.

.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:             NOV 17 2014
START TIME:             4:45 AM CST
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SW OF ANSLEY
START LAT/LON:          31.8436 / -86.1844

END DATE:               NOV 17 2014
END TIME:               5:17 AM CST
END LOCATION:           4 MILES SW OF INVERNESS
END_LAT/LON:            32.0023 / -85.8105

SURVEY SUMMARY:

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.

.FIRETOWER ROAD TORNADO (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.25 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             NOV 17 2014
START TIME:             6:24 AM CST
START LOCATION:         9 MILES SE OF SEALE
START LAT/LON:          32.1990 / -85.0592

END DATE:               NOV 17 2014
END TIME:               6:25 AM CST
END LOCATION:           9 MILES SE OF SEALE
END_LAT/LON:            32.2011 / -85.0564

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THIS BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF FIRETOWER ROAD...THEN
CROSSED THE ROAD AND DISSIPATED QUICKLY JUST TO THE NORTH. DAMAGE
WAS LIMITED TO MAINLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE...HOWEVER ONE CONCENTRATED
AREA AT THE CENTER OF THE PATH HAD A GROVE OF SMALL TO MEDIUM
HARDWOOD TREES THAT WERE SNAPPED OVER. ONE LARGER HARDWOOD WAS
UPROOTED IN THE SAME LOCATION. POWER LINES WERE ALSO KNOCKED DOWN
ALONG FIRETOWER ROAD.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE RUSSELL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR
ASSISTING IN THE COMPLETION OF THE RUSSELL COUNTY STORM SURVEY.

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.

AT THIS POINT WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY OTHER TORNADO DAMAGE IN
CENTRAL ALABAMA.  NO FURTHER UPDATES TO THIS PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENT ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.

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.

$$

JD/02








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