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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
311 PM CDT Thu Apr 13 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 5 2017 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT...
...CORRECTED END TME FOR THE SANDY CREEK TORNADO IN BARBOUR COUNTY...

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms developed in a warm
sector across Central Alabama ahead of a front. A few of these
storms produced damage. Damage surveys completed so far
include three tornadoes and one area of thunderstorm wind damage.

.TORNADO #1 Hightower - Cleburne County...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    60 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.25 mile
Path Width (Maximum):   75 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 05 2017
Start Time:             440 PM (CDT)
Start Location:         3 miles S of Trickem/Cleburne County AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.5342/-85.3868

End Date:               Apr 05 2017
End Time:               442 PM (CDT)
End Location:           3 miles WSW of Ranburn/Cleburne County AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.5344/-85.3924

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage
and determined that a brief tornado touched down. The tornado hit a
chicken house along County Road 10, removing portions of the chicken
house roof and scattering it across the nearby pasture. A nearby
resident captured the small rope tornado on video.

.TORNADO #2 Union Hill - Chambers County...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   125 yards
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 05 2017
Start Time:             839 PM (CDT)
Start Location:         2 miles N of Trammel Crossroads/Chambers
County AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0037/-85.5402

End Date:               Apr 05 2017
End Time:               843 PM (CDT)
End Location:           2 miles W of Penton/Chambers County AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.0050/-85.5064

Summary: National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in
northwestern Chambers County and determined that the damage was
consistent with a tornado. The tornado touched down along CR
116 just
west of the Union Hill community where several trees were uprooted
and large branches were snapped. The tornado continued east,
crossing
CR 123, where a barn sustained minor damage and several additional
trees were snapped. Adjacent to CR 123 and CR 53, a small fire
station, barn and additional trees sustained significant damage. The
tornado lifted just beyond CR 53, east of Union Hill where more
trees
were observed to have minor damage.

.THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE #1 Tallapoosa County...

Peak Wind Estimated:    70-75 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.77 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   N/A
Fatalities:             None.
Injuries:               None.

Start Date:             Apr 05 2017
Start Time:             450 PM (CDT)
Start Location:         1 E of New Site/Tallapoosa County AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0353/-85.7649

End Date:               Apr 05 2017
End Time:               453 PM (CDT)
End Location:           2 ENE of New Site/Tallapoosa County AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.0419/-85.7353

Summary: Several wind damage points were surveyed by the National
Weather Service and the cause of the damage is likely from straight
line winds. At the first location on Hwy 49, a large, well-built
barn
sustained damage with one wall destroyed along with significant roof
damage. There were also several large softwood trees uprooted. At a
second location, numerous softwood trees along Hwy 22 were uprooted.
While this damage was in an inconsistent path, the uprooted trees
lay
in a divergent pattern indicating that the damage was consistent
with straight line winds. Upon further investigation, the radar data
showed the damage occurred within proximity of the rear flank
downdraft of a supercell. It was also noted that there was an
absence
of a tornadic debris signature in the correlation coefficient.


.TORNADO #3 Sandy Creek - Barbour County

Rating:                 EF-1
Peak Wind Estimated:  100-105 mph
Path Length (Statute): 1.2 miles in Barbour County
Path Width (Maximum): 0.25 miles
Fatalities:None.
Injuries: None.

Start Date:             Apr 05 2017
Start Time: 1049 AM (CDT)
Start Location: 5 ENE of Richards Crossroads/Barbour County AL
Start Lat/Lon:31.7595/-85.1753

End Date:               Apr 05 2017
End Time: 1055 AM (CDT)
End Location:8 SSE of Eufaula Country Club/Barbour County AL
End Lat/Lon: 31.774275/-85.133590

Summary: An EF-1 tornado touched down in southern Barbour County
around 10:49am on April 5, 2017. The tornado then moved into northern
Henry County before crossing back into Barbour County over the Walter
F. George Reservoir. NWS TAE surveyed damage in Barbour County and
found several trees snapped along Sandy Creek Drive and White Oak
Drive in the White Oak Community.

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.

08/32

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