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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service BIRMINGHAM AL
258 PM CDT Fri Nov 2 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/01/18 CHAMBERS AND LEE COUNTY TORNADO
EVENT...

.Cusseta...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    65 mph
Path Length /statute/:  2.72 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   50.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             11/01/2018
Start Time:             12:12 PM CDT
Start Location:         3 NNW Beans Mill / Chambers County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.7391 / -85.2893

End Date:               11/01/2018
End Time:               12:16 PM CDT
End Location:           4 ESE Cusseta / Chambers County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.753 / -85.2486

Survey Summary:
NWS meteorologists surveyed minor damage in extreme southern
Chambers County and determined that it was consistent with a weak
EF-0 tornado. The tornado formed at the Wooshin USA plant between
Chambers County Road 177 and Interstate 85. Lightweight bin liners
were lofted into the air and strewn downstream, and some empty
bins were blown over. The tornado moved over the Ajin USA plant
where portions of the top of a rooftop air conditioning unit were
peeled off, and the unit was shifted slightly, causing very minor
damage to the roof. The tornado was also recorded on multiple
videos at this time. The tornado continued northeastward, damaging
the corner of the facade of the Shelton Fireworks Store located
on the county line between Chambers and Lee Counties. As the
tornado crossed Interstate 85 at the Chambers County Road 388 exit
as well as the Judge Brown Road, little to no damage was
apparent. It is possible the tornado greatly weakened or briefly
dissipated at this time. One tree was blown down pointing upstream
near the end of Chambers County Road 495. As the tornado
approached Chambers County Road 519, one tree was uprooted and a
tin overhang attached to a mobile home was completely removed and
blown downstream. The tornado quickly dissipated near Chambers
County Road 519.

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 event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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