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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
210 PM CDT Thu Apr 2 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/31/20 TORNADO EVENT...

.UPDATE #3...
Corrected information about KTOI ASOS.

.OVERVIEW...

A strong upper level disturbance caused a wave of low pressure to
from along a quasi-stationary front and move eastward along the
Highway 80 and Interstate 85 corridors. This allowed a warm front to
lift northward across the southeast portions of Central Alabama.
North of the warm front, a line of showers with sporadic lightning
strikes along an inverted trough was able to produce damaging winds
despite a cool and stable air mass at the surface, knocking down
numerous trees from Tuscaloosa County to Randolph County during the
first part of the morning. A QLCS ahead of the cold front moved
eastward later in the morning from Lowndes County to Barbour County,
producing sporadic damaging winds. Additionally, bookend vortices
and embedded supercell structures caused 1 weak tornado in Montgomery
County, 3 weak tornadoes in Pike County, and a strong tornado near
Eufaula. No additional damage assessments are planned at this time.

.TORNADO #1 Smith Gamble Tornado (Montgomery County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  3.33 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   190 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 31 2020
Start Time:             10:23 AM CDT
Start Location:         2 WNW Meadville
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0817 / -86.1751

End Date:               Mar 31 2020
End Time:               10:30 AM CDT
End Location:           3 NNE Meadvile
End Lat/Lon:            32.1071 / -86.1270

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists assessed damage in southern Montgomery County,
west of the town of Pine Level, and determined it was the result of
an EF-0 tornado. Minor tree damage, consisting of primarily broken
limbs, was observed from Smith Gamble Road to Woodley Road. A
tornado debris signature was noted with this storm.

.TORNADO #2 County Road 1112 Tornado (Pike County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.14 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   80 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 31 2020
Start Time:             10:33 AM CDT
Start Location:         4 WSW Orion
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9371 / -86.0665

End Date:               Mar 31 2020
End Time:               10:33 AM CDT
End Location:           4 WSW Orion
End Lat/Lon:            31.9379 / -86.0643

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists assessed damage along CR 1112 in northwest Pike
County, southwest of the town of Orion, and determined it was the
result of an EF-0 tornado. Damage was limited to a few snapped and
uprooted pine trees along its brief path. A tornado debris signature
was noted with this storm.

.TORNADO #3 Troy Airport Tornado (Pike County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.61 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   80 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 31 2020
Start Time:             10:34 AM CDT
Start Location:         1 WSW Troy Municipal Airport
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8539 / -86.0307

End Date:               Mar 31 2020
End Time:               10:36 AM CDT
End Location:           1 SE Troy Municipal Airport
End Lat/Lon:            31.8580 / -86.0037

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists assessed damage near the Troy Airport and
determined it was the result of an EF-0 tornado. The tornado formed
near the intersection of Lake Road and Oak Grove Road just southwest
of Troy Municipal Airport. Branches and a couple trees were downed
along Oak Grove Road. The tornado continued east- northeastward,
removing the roof from a barn and downing a couple more trees,
before crossing the north-south runways at the airport. The tornado
passed south of the terminal and very near the KTOI ASOS. Winds
backed from 200 degrees to 170 degrees and then veered to 260 degrees
while gusting to 47 mph. Minor damage may have occurred to the ASOS
pending further assessment. The tornado downed a couple more trees
before dissipating west of Highway 231. The tornado was observed on
video from the airport.

.TORNADO #4 Sandfield Tornado (Pike County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.83 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   180 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 31 2020
Start Time:             10:51 AM CDT
Start Location:         1 S Sandfield
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9011  / -85.8111

End Date:               Mar 31 2020
End Time:               10:52 AM CDT
End Location:           1 ESE Sandfield
End Lat/Lon:            31.9025 / -85.7972

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists assessed damage near Sandfield and determined it
was the result of an EF-0 tornado. The tornado formed in a wooded
rural area south of Highway 223 and the Sandfield community. Several
trees were downed as it crossed an unnamed dirt road and County Road
6615. The tornado appeared to dissipate prior to reaching the
Bullock County line. A brief tornado debris signature was also
observed via KMXX radar.

.TORNADO #5 Eufaula Tornado (Barbour County)...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph
Path Length (Statute):  7.85 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   350 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 31 2020
Start Time:             11:34 AM CDT
Start Location:         3 ENE Baker Hill
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8016 / -85.2636

End Date:               Mar 31 2020
End Time:               11:46 AM CDT
End Location:           5 S Eufaula
End Lat/Lon:            31.8173 / -85.1313

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists assessed damage near Eufaula and determined it
was the result of an EF-2 tornado. The tornado formed in a wooded
area west of Lee Parker Lane, just north of Highway 131 and to the
northeast of Baker Hill. It moved northeastward downing trees and
causing minor roof damage to two residences along Five Mile Road and
removing the roof from an outbuilding. It continued to snap numerous
trees as it moved through a wooded area. It crossed Highway 131 near
Leroy Road where two residences and a mobile home suffered minor
damage as the tornado turned eastward. The tornado intensified as it
crossed Highway 431 and was captured on video, with the most
significant damage occurring in the Country Club of Alabama
neighborhood along the south side of Pebble Beach Drive. Large
sections of roofs were removed from a few well built residences with
collapse of some exterior walls. The tornado crossed the Walter F.
George Reservoir along the Chattahoochee River and continued into
Quitman County in Georgia.

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.

32/89/08

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