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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
746 AM CDT Wed Mar 21 2018


.TORNADO #1 Blount Mountain Tornado
(Blount and St. Clair Counties)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  6.43 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1000 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 19 2018
Start Time:             7:50 PM CDT
Start Location:         3.4 miles SSW Highland Lake / Blount County/ AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.8515/-86.4152

End Date:               Mar 19 2018
End Time:               7:56 PM CDT
End Location:           3.1 NW Ashville / St. Clair County/ AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.8539/-86.3042

The tornado began near Jones Chapel Loop Road with minor tree damage. The tornado
then moved eats and crossed Daylily Road where dozens of trees were blown down. The
tornado crossed Blount Mountain along Walker Gap Road and crossed Crawford Cove Road
near Highway 11. Trees in this area were mainly uprooted with only a few snapped off.
The tornado continued eastbound and eventually lifted near the Interstate 59 Rest
Area just south of the Ashville Exit. The majority of the damage was due to trees
falling on structures and power lines. The tornado damage path was 6.43 miles long
and was 1000 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #2 Ashville/Southside Tornado
(St. Clair, Etowah, and Calhoun Counties) ...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length (Statute):  15.73 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1760 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             Mar 19 2018
Start Time:             8:02 PM CDT
Start Location:         1.53 NE Ashville / St. Clair County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.8552/-86.2398

End Date:               Mar 19 2018
End Time:               8:21 PM CDT
End Location:           6.66 NE Ohatchee / Calhoun County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.8806/-85.9688

The tornado touched down just northeast of Ashville along Highway 411. The tornado
continued east northeast and caused tree damage. The tornado appeared to intensify
as it approached the Coosa River where structural damage became evident. One house
was moved off its foundation with a complete loss of roofing materials. Stands of
trees were snapped off near their bases, including both hardwoods and softwoods. The
tornado then crossed Neely Henry Lake where the tornado was at its widest point and
moved into Etowah County. The tornado crossed Highway 77 near Leota Road where
numerous trees were either snapped off or uprooted and several structures were
damaged by falling trees. The tornado continued east where it narrowed and further
intensified toward Green Valley Road. The most intense damage was observed here where
several structures suffered complete loss of roofing material and exterior walls. As
the tornado entered Calhoun County, it narrowed and weakened and lifted shortly
thereafter. The tornado damage path was 15.73 miles long and was 1760 yards wide at
its widest point.

.TORNADO #3 Jacksonville Tornado
(Calhoun and Cleburne Counties)...

Rating:                 EF-3
Estimated Peak Wind:    140 mph
Path Length (Statute):  34.29 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1900 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               4

Start Date:             Mar 19 2018
Start Time:             8:23 PM CDT
Start Location:         2.48 NW Wellington / Calhoun County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          33.8453/-85.9472

End Date:               Mar 19 2018
End Time:               9:10 PM CDT
End Location:           2.81 miles NE Muscadine / Cleburne County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            33.7943/-85.3665

The storm survey for Tornado #3 has not been completed. Areas near Fruithurst and
Muscadine will be examined on Wednesday. It appears the tornado does cross the
county and the path information is estimated to the state line. This information may
be adjusted.

The tornado first touched down west of US Highway 431 north of Wellington, where it
rapidly intensified and widened. It snapped and uprooted numerous trees along US
Highway 431. Several homes were damaged by the falling trees. The tornado proceeded
eastward across Websters Road and Broughton Road with scattered tree damage. As the
tornado crossed Old Sulpher Spring Road, two homes were damaged with scores of trees
snapped or uprooted. At Angel Station Road, the tornado filled the valley from one
side to the other and caused extensive tree and home damage. An electrical
transmission tower line was toppled at this point, but it was believed that flying
debris compromised the structure. The tornado continued eastward and destroyed the
sanctuary at West Point Baptist Church. Additional structures were severely damaged
at the church. The tornado entered the City of Jacksonville where it gained strength
into the EF3 category, with winds around 140 mph. It removed most of the roof and the
top floor of two buildings in an apartment complex. The tornado affected the entire
campus of Jacksonville State University. Several buildings sustained significant
damage. The most intense winds remained north of the campus however, mowing down
trees and causing direct damage to homes. As the tornado crossed Highway 21, it
caused caused major damage to the coliseum. It then moved into a highly populated
zone, where scores of homes suffered major damage and rendered many uninhabitable.
The tornado maintained its strength as it crossed Choccolocco Mountain, with winds
funneled up the valleys mowing down trees. It caused major damage to a number of
homes on the mountainside. Damaged continued all the way up to just south of the peak
of the mountain, then descended the eastern slopes into Nances Creek.

The tornado is believed to have continued across Cleburne County, producing damage
near Fruithurst and Muscadine before crossing the Georgia State Line. The estimated
path length to the Georgia State Line is 34.29 miles and was 1900 yards wide at its
widest point.

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

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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