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NOUS44 KHUN 221934 AAA

232 PM CDT Thu Mar 22 2018

...NWS Damage Survey For 3/19/18 Tornado Event...Updated...
...Lawrence County Survey Information Update...

.Update...Damage in the Speake area is confirmed as a single
tornado, with more definitive path start and end points and times.

.Overview...Lawrence County surveys yielded three main clusters of
damage: Mount Hope, Moulton, and Speake. This occurred as a
cyclic supercell that moved from west to east-southeast across the
county. Damage in Mount Hope and Speake is attributed to (at
least) two separate tornadoes, while damage in Moulton is
attributed to straight-line wind damage of 90 MPH. More
information is below. We appreciate the assistance of the Lawrence
County Emergency Management Agency in this process.

.Mount Hope Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.16 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/19/2018
Start Time:             05:54 PM CDT
Start Location:         11 N Pebble / Lawrence County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          34.4535 / -87.4978

End Date:               03/19/2018
End Time:               05:56 PM CDT
End Location:           11 WSW Moulton / Lawrence County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            34.447 / -87.4794

Summary: A weak tornado touched down on Spruell Farm on County
Roads 35/36 in western Lawrence County. At this location, several
small fertilizer containers were blown over, and one was blown for
more than 1000 yards to the east-southeast. Further east in Mount
Hope, trees were uprooted and branches snapped along County Road
23 between Mount Hope Baptist Church and Mount Hope School. Minor
damage was noted to the bleachers at Mount Hope School as they
were dragged a couple of feet from their original location. EF-0
damage was assessed at these locations with a maximum wind here of

.Speake Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      100 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    6.8 miles
Path width /Maximum/:     100 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               March 19, 2018
Start time:               6:16 PM CDT
Start Location:           4 WNW Speake / Lawrence County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:            34.4235 / -87.2526

End date:                 March 19, 2018
End time:                 6:22 PM CDT
End location:             2 E Speake / Lawrence County / AL
End lat/lon:              34.4161 / -87.1343

Survey Summary: UPDATED. Further south and east of Moulton, damage
was again noted in the community of Speake. The tornado appeared to
touch down near the intersection of Alabama Highway 36 and County
Road 188. Numerous trees were snapped in the Aldridge Grove area,
and the roof was damaged at the Aldridge Grove Church of Christ. The
tornado caused very minor tree damage moving east along Highway 36,
though there are few damage indicators in this area. Additional
trees were snapped as the tornado approached the Speake community. A
large tree was snapped and minor structural damage occurred near the
intersection of County Road 81 and Highway 36. The tornado continued
across Highway 157, continuing to snap and uproot trees as it moved
east. Tree damage diminishes before reaching County Road 209.

.Moulton Thunderstorm Wind...

Peak wind /E/:            90 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    875 Yards
Path width /Maximum/:     725 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               March 19, 2018
Start time:               6:14 PM CDT
Start location:           Moulton / Lawrence County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:            34.4741 / -87.3000

End date:                 March 19, 2018
End time:                 6:14 PM CDT
End location:             Moulton / Lawrence County / AL
End lat/lon:              34.4728 / -87.2915

Survey Summary: Sporadic tree damage was noted around the
downtown area. Multiple trees were snapped and uprooted in this
location, pulling down power lines and causing some minor damage
to roofs of homes as a result. This was assessed to be
thunderstorm winds around 90mph.

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 200mph

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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