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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
516 PM CDT Mon Apr 23 2018



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:             125 pm CST
Start Location:         2 NE Lapine
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9880/-86.2595

End Date:               Apr 22 2018
End Time:               130 pm CST
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. The
tornado damage path was 2.57 miles long and was 250 yards wide at its widest
point. 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

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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