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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
749 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR APRIL 22 2018...

...Correction: Start/End times changed to CDT...

.OVERVIEW...

A low pressure system moved northeastward across Central Alabama the
afternoon of April 22. A warm front moved northward in response to
this system and ushered in unstable air near the warm front.
Although the instability was rather limited, plenty of shear for
organized and rotating storms was present. Rotating storms did
develop and a tornado touched down in southern Montgomery County.
Several tornado videos were received from additional rotating storms
to our south and some of these storms pushed northward into Central
Alabama.


.TORNADO #1 Philadelphia Church Road (Montgomery County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.57 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   250 yards
Fatalities:             None
Injuries:               None

Start Date:             Apr 22 2018
Start Time: 225 pm CDT
Start Location: 2 NE Lapine
Start Lat/Lon: 31.9880/-86.2595

End Date:               Apr 22 2018
End Time:               230 pm CDT
End Location:           2 SSW Ramer
End Lat/Lon:            32.0205/-86.2386

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down just east of Philadelphia Church Road, northeast
of Lapine and west of Grady. The tornado moved northeastward and crossed
Philadelphia Church Road and Naftel Ramer Road. The tornado lifted
just after it crossed Smiley Ferry Road. Several trees were uprooted
or snapped along the damage path. The most concentrated area of damage
was just as the tornado was lifting near Smiley Ferry Road, but still
limited to tree damage. A special thanks go out to Mark Higgins for
his survey assistance and land access.

.Barbour County Survey...

The National Weather Service storm damage assessment team surveyed several
locations in southern Barbour County. A few locations include south of
Baker Hill, northwest of Texasville, northeast of Blue Springs State
Park, and southeast of Blue Springs State Park. These areas were very
rural and also had many fields which restricted some access. Although
radar data indicated a good chance of a tornado, ground verification
could not be determined. Further radar evaluation is necessary with
a weak tornado touch down still possible.

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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