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Tornado Count Up To Six

| 9:57 pm January 24, 2012

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
706 PM CST TUE JAN 24 2012

…LONG TRACK SUPERCELLS PRODUCE MULTIPLE TORNADOES…

…CORRECTED INFORMATION FOR JEFFERSON AND ST CLAIR TORNADO…

A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHED THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTERACTED
WITH A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT ALREADY IN PLACE.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED ALONG AND OUT AHEAD
OF THE FRONT ACROSS ARKANSAS AND MISSISSIPPI AND PUSHED EASTWARD
ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING.
THERE WERE SEVERAL SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCED TORNADOES
AS THEY TRACKED ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. NUMEROUS REPORTS OF
STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE AND SEVERAL REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL AND
FLASH FLOODING WERE ALSO RECEIVED DURING THE EVENT.

DAMAGE SURVEYS ARE ONGOING TODAY AND WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED INTO
WEDNESDAY. WE WILL BE SENDING THREE SURVEY TEAMS OUT TO SURVEY
DAMAGE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES AS TIME PERMITS
TODAY…JEFFERSON…PERRY… CHILTON…ELMORE…COOSA AND
TALLAPOOSA.

TORNADO #1…KOFFMAN TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3257/-87.6579 AT 242 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3305/-87.6526 AT 243 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.45
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE JUST EAST
OF AL HWY 171 IN THE KOFFMAN AREA AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-3 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF AL HWY 171 AND KOFFMAN RANCH RD WHERE
APPROXIMATELY TWO DOZEN PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND ORIENTED IN
MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST
DESTROYING ONE OUTBUILDING ALONG KOFFMAN SPUR. JUST TO THE
NORTHEAST OF KOFFMAN SPUR…A BARN WAS DESTROYED AND THE ENTIRE
ROOF WAS TORN OFF OF A WELL-CONSTRUCTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE.
THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING CARROLL CREEK. THE TORNADO DAMAGE
PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.46 MILES LONG AND WAS 400 YARDS WIDE AT
ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO #2…WATERMELON ROAD TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3961/-87.4440 AT 300 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4038/-87.4395 AT 301 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.56
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
JUST WEST OF THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER ALONG WATERMELON RD AND
DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2 TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF WATERMELON RD SNAPPING
AND UPROOTING A FEW SMALL PINE TREES. FROM THERE…THE TORNADO
TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND HIT A HUNTING CAMP WHERE APPROXIMATELY
TWENTY SMALL PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND EIGHT CAMPERS WERE
ROLLED. THREE OF THE CAMPERS WERE DESTROYED AND THE OTHER FIVE
RECEIVED DIFFERING DEGREES OF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST CROSSING WATERMELON RD WHERE IT SNAPPED 3 WOODEN
H-FRAME TRANSMISSION LINES BEFORE LIFTING JUST TO THE EAST OF
WATERMELON RD. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.56
MILES LONG AND WAS 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO #3…OAK GROVE TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA/JEFFERSON COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 130
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NA/1
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4316/-87.3071 AT 309 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.5290/-87.1405 AT 327 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 13.00
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 302 AM UNTIL 345 AM.

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
JUST EAST OF THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER NEAR THE TUSCALOOSA AND
JEFFERSON COUNTY LINE. THE DAMAGE WAS WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2
TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1 MILE WEST OF GROUNDHOG ROAD. THE
TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS LOCK 17 ROAD…CAMP OLIVER
ROAD…AND TOADVINE ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED ALONG TOADVINE ROAD
JUST SOUTHWEST OF SHORT CREEK. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH. ONE FATALITY OCCURRED ALONG TOADVINE
ROAD WHERE A MOBILE HOME WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED. SEVERAL OTHER
STRUCTURES RECEIVED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH.

TORNADO #4…PARKER TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 75
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.6567/-88.1705 AT 321 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.6718/-88.1639 AT 324 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.1
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 304 AM UNTIL 345 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND FIRE OFFICIALS HAVE SURVEYED THE
DAMAGE JUST WEST OF STATE HIGHWAY 11 AND COUNTY ROAD 39 AND
DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 11 ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF LIVINGSTON
DAMAGING AND UPROOTING A FEW SMALL SOFT AND HARDWOOD TREES. THE
TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST TOWARDS COUNTY ROAD 39 AND
MCCAINVILLE ROAD WHERE ADDITIONAL TREES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH
MINOR DAMAGE TO AN OUTDOOR SHED AS THE TORNADO WAS LIFTING. THE
TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.1 MILES LONG AND WAS 50
YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. SPECIAL THANKS TO SUMTER COUNTY
OFFICIALS FOR THEIR HELP WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY.

TORNADO #5…CENTER POINT TORNADO (JEFFERSON AND ST CLAIR)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 150
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 100/1
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.6228/-86.7411 AT 358 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.7197/-86.4963 AT 420 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 15.5
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 800

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 332 AM UNTIL 430 AM.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 415 AM UNTIL 515 AM.

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.
TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
BETWEEN TARRANT…CENTER POINT…CLAY…AND ARGO. THE DAMAGE WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-3 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG PAWNEE
VILLAGE ROAD ABOUT 3.25 MILES NORTHEAST OF TARRANT WHERE SEVERAL
BUSINESSES SUSTAINED ROOF AND WALL DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED
FURTHER NORTHEAST ACROSS PINSON VALLEY PARKWAY WHERE SEVERAL
ADDITIONAL BUSINESSES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE
TORNADO THEN MOVED THROUGH DOWNTOWN CENTER POINT CROSSING CENTER
POINT PARKWAY WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO OLD SPRINGVILLE ROAD
TOWARDS THE CITY OF CLAY WHERE MORE HOMES AND BUSINESSES SUSTAINED
MAJOR DAMAGE WITH MOST EXTERIOR WALLS COLLAPSED AS THE TORNADO
REACHED MAXIMUM INTENSITY. FURTHER NORTHEAST THE TORNADO CONTINUED
AT ITS MAXIMUM STRENGTH NEAR DEERFOOT PARKWAY WHERE ADDITIONAL HOMES
WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO BEGAN TO WEAKEN AS IT APPROACHED
INTERSTATE 59 CROSSING INTO ST CLAIR COUNTY JUST NORTH OF ARGO
WHERE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL HOMES SUSTAINED DAMAGE ALONG WITH NUMEROUS
TREES DAMAGED. THE TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT NEAR HIDDEN VALLEY DRIVE
AND COUNTRY LIVING CIRCLE. ONE FATALITY OCCURED WITH THIS
TORNADO…IN THE CITY OF CLAY. AT THE TIME OF THIS REPORT SEVERAL
HUNDRED HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO
DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 15.5 MILES LONG AND WAS 800 YARDS WIDE
AT ITS WIDEST POINT. SPECIAL THANKS TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN HUNTSVILLE FOR THEIR HELP WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY.

TORNADO #6…NORTH MILLBROOK TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.5209/-86.4119 AT 748 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.5309/-86.3437 AT 755 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.02
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
BETWEEN MILLBROOK…DEATSVILLE…AND ELMORE. THE DAMAGE WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-1 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY
ROAD 39 NEAR THE AUTAUGA COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 7 NEAR THE PINES GOLF CLUB. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED
ALONG HIGHWAY 14 AND LIFTED JUST BEFORE THE WETUMPKA MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT. TEN TO FIFTEEN HOMES SUFFERED SHINGLE AND SIDING DAMAGE.
DOZENS OF TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. ONE APARTMENT HAD ITS METAL ROOF
BLOWN OFF. ONE AUTO CENTER HAD ITS DOORS BLOWN IN.

…PERRY AND CHILTON COUNTIES (SURVEY ONGOING)…

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS A LARGE PART OF PERRY AND
CHILTON COUNTIES AND PRODUCED DAMAGE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SURVEY CREWS HAVE FOUND EF2 DAMAGE IN PERRY COUNTY WHICH CONSISTED
OF SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO SEVERAL STRUCTURES. MAXIMUM
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 130 MPH. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW AS
THE SURVEY CREW CONTINUES IN CHILTON COUNTY.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…AS SURVEY TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR
FINDINGS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

Join Us Tomorrow Night

| 9:08 pm January 24, 2012

Time to move on… and get to important stuff. Join me and my friends tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Christ City Church for a special service. Christ City meets at Southeast Bible College, just down the road from ABC 33/40 on Valleydale Road. The service begins at 7…. it is our goal to come together and lift up those who’ve been devastated by the storms. I will be speaking….

ABC News – Thoughts

| 6:40 pm January 24, 2012

I am extremely busy during the late afternoon hours doing a variety of things, but as you might expected I paused long enough to watch the ABC News story from Birmingham tonight on the tornado warning process. You can watch it here:

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/alabama-tornadoes-survival-lessons-15433740

My initial thoughts….

*I am very thankful to ABC News for producing the story. It brought the message clearly that you should never rely on outdoor warning sirens, and we must move to Weather Radio receivers, smart phone apps, etc. And, the story proved there were good warnings Monday morning.

*They missed the date of our generational tornado outbreak… Their graphic said April 11; the actual date, of course, was April 27.

*No correction on the incorrect reporting of some kind of FEMA text messaging service. See the FEMA message here.

*There was no apology, or mention of the botched story yesterday when Diane Sawyer said the pre-dawn tornadoes Monday were a “surprise” with “no warning”. A little odd how you just go from that one day, to a story on how good the warning process was the next day. But, I am not a journalist and maybe that is just the way you do it. Seems strange. I would imagine Diane actually didn’t write that copy, but she will probably think twice about fact checking on lead story intros.

*We have learned we can make a difference. The storm on social media was noticed immediately at ABC News, and they responded. Word got out to the masses that the warnings were indeed good early Monday, and you can’t rely on outdoor warning sirens.

*A special thanks to everybody who communicated with ABC News through social media, email, or phone calls on our behalf. My frustration is with the situation yesterday is shared by ALL of those hard working people involved in the warning process. The National Weather Service, the EM community (emergency managers), and broadcast meteorologists. I felt that these people were devalued and insulted yesterday.

SO….

Let’s move on and be sure we all get warnings. Go here to see our recommended solutions.

Thanks again to all of you for your support!

More Changes Ahead

| 3:15 pm January 24, 2012

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… dealing with media issues concerning ABC News; we should be back on the regular production schedule tomorrow**

CLOUDS RETURN TOMORROW: Temperatures will warm, and low level moisture will increase tomorrow. Some spots could exceed 70 degrees tomorrow afternoon with a generally cloudy sky. A few scattered showers could break out by afternoon, but nothing really widespread is likely.

THURSDAY: Below is the forecast 500 mb heights from the NAM, valid at 6pm local time Thursday…

Note this time we are dealing with an upper low in the southern branch of the jet stream, moving pretty close to the Gulf Coast. This is not a classic severe weather configuration for North Alabama. Below is the forecast STP (significant tornado parameter) valid at 6pm local time Thursday…

Unlike previous systems, where forecast STP values were over 2 here, this time we have no significant STP value with the upper low so far south, and marginal thermodynamics.

Below is the SPC Day Three convective outlook (for Thursday)…

The standard “slight risk” is up for South Alabama, but no risk here. No doubt there could be a few strong storms, but clearly the best chance of severe weather will stay down south this time. Of course, we will keep an eye on this as it gets closer in case something changes.

We do expect some significant rain amounts; some communities could see two inches of rain, and flash flooding issues are not out of the question.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The 12Z GFS shows a slower moving ULL, and keeps rain going into the Friday, which again leads to the flooding concerns. We finally dry out over the weekend with a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday, and highs dropping back into the 50s. You can see the morning Weather Xtreme video for more details and long range ideas.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on this week’s new edition we recorded last night.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I had a great time today visiting with the 2nd graders at Briarwood Christian School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00… the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Five Tornado Tracks Identified By NWS

| 2:43 pm January 24, 2012

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1245 PM CST TUE JAN 24 2012

…LONG TRACK SUPERCELLS PRODUCE MULTIPLE TORNADOES…

…UPDATED FOR ELMORE COUNTY TORNADO AND PERRY COUNTY INFORMATION
AND OAKGROVE TORNADO…

A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHED THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTERACTED
WITH A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT ALREADY IN PLACE.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED ALONG AND OUT AHEAD
OF THE FRONT ACROSS ARKANSAS AND MISSISSIPPI AND PUSHED EASTWARD
ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING.
THERE WERE SEVERAL SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCED TORNADOES
AS THEY TRACKED ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. NUMEROUS REPORTS OF
STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE AND SEVERAL REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL AND
FLASH FLOODING WERE ALSO RECEIVED DURING THE EVENT.

DAMAGE SURVEYS ARE ONGOING TODAY AND WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED INTO
WEDNESDAY. WE WILL BE SENDING THREE SURVEY TEAMS OUT TO SURVEY
DAMAGE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES AS TIME PERMITS
TODAY…JEFFERSON…PERRY… CHILTON…ELMORE…COOSA AND
TALLAPOOSA.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE COMPLETED DAMAGE
SURVEYS ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AND HAVE FOUND
EVIDENCE OF TWO DISTINCT TORNADO PATHS. SPORADIC WIND DAMAGE WAS
ALSO NOTED BETWEEN THE TWO TORNADO PATHS ALONG THE SAME SUPERCELL
TRACK.

TORNADO #1…KOFFMAN TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3257/-87.6579 AT 242 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3305/-87.6526 AT 243 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.45
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE JUST EAST
OF AL HWY 171 IN THE KOFFMAN AREA AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-3 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF AL HWY 171 AND KOFFMAN RANCH RD WHERE
APPROXIMATELY TWO DOZEN PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND ORIENTED IN
MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST
DESTROYING ONE OUTBUILDING ALONG KOFFMAN SPUR. JUST TO THE
NORTHEAST OF KOFFMAN SPUR…A BARN WAS DESTROYED AND THE ENTIRE
ROOF WAS TORN OFF OF A WELL-CONSTRUCTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE.
THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING CARROLL CREEK. THE TORNADO DAMAGE
PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.46 MILES LONG AND WAS 400 YARDS WIDE AT
ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO #2…WATERMELON ROAD TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3961/-87.4440 AT 300 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4038/-87.4395 AT 301 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.56
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
JUST WEST OF THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER ALONG WATERMELON RD AND
DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2 TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF WATERMELON RD SNAPPING
AND UPROOTING A FEW SMALL PINE TREES. FROM THERE…THE TORNADO
TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND HIT A HUNTING CAMP WHERE APPROXIMATELY
TWENTY SMALL PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND EIGHT CAMPERS WERE
ROLLED. THREE OF THE CAMPERS WERE DESTROYED AND THE OTHER FIVE
RECEIVED DIFFERING DEGREES OF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST CROSSING WATERMELON RD WHERE IT SNAPPED 3 WOODEN
H-FRAME TRANSMISSION LINES BEFORE LIFTING JUST TO THE EAST OF
WATERMELON RD. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.56
MILES LONG AND WAS 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

TORNADO #3…OAKGROVE TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA/JEFFERSON COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 130
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NA/1
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4316/-87.3071 AT 309 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.5290/-87.1405 AT 327 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 13.00
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 302 AM UNTIL 345 AM.

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
JUST EAST OF THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER NEAR THE TUSCALOOSA AND
JEFFERSON COUNTY LINE. THE DAMAGE WAS WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2
TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1 MILE WEST OF GROUNDHOG ROAD. THE
TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS LOCK 17 ROAD…CAMP OLIVER
ROAD…AND TOADVINE ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED ALONG TOADVINE ROAD
JUST SOUTHWEST OF SHORT CREEK. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH. ONE FATALITY OCCURRED ALONG TOADVINE
ROAD WHERE A MOBILE HOME WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED. SEVERAL OTHER
STRUCTURES RECEIVED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH.

TORNADO #4…PARKER TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 75
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.6567/-88.1705 AT 321 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.6718/-88.1639 AT 324 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.1
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 304 AM UNTIL 345 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND FIRE OFFICIALS HAVE SURVEYED THE
DAMAGE JUST WEST OF STATE HIGHWAY 11 AND COUNTY ROAD 39 AND
DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 11 ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF LIVINGSTON
DAMAGING AND UPROOTING A FEW SMALL SOFT AND HARDWOOD TREES. THE
TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST TOWARDS COUNTY ROAD 39 AND
MCCAINVILLE ROAD WHERE ADDITIONAL TREES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH
MINOR DAMAGE TO AN OUTDOOR SHED AS THE TORNADO WAS LIFTING. THE
TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.1 MILES LONG AND WAS 50
YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. SPECIAL THANKS TO SUMTER COUNTY
OFFICIALS FOR THEIR HELP WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY.

TORNADO #5…NORTH MILLBROOK TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.5209/-86.4119 AT 748 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.5309/-86.3437 AT 755 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.02
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
BETWEEN MILLBROOK….DEATSVILLE….AN ELMORE. THE DAMAGE WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-1 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY
ROAD 39 NEAR THE AUTAUGA COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 7 NEAR THE PINES GOLF CLUB. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED
ALONG HIGHWAY 14 AND LIFTED JUST BEFORE THE WETUMPKA MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT. TEN TO FIFTEEN HOMES SUFFERED SHINGLE AND SIDING DAMAGE.
DOZENS OF TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. ONE APARTMENT HAD ITS METAL ROOF
BLOWN OFF. ONE AUTO CENTER HAD ITS DOORS BLOWN IN.

…JEFFERSON COUNTY (SURVEY ONGOING)…

THE SAME SUPERCELL THAT SPAWNED TWO TORNADOES IN NORTH CENTRAL
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY MOVED EASTWARD INTO JEFFERSON COUNTY PRODUCING
ADDITIONAL TORNADO AND STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. A SURVEY TEAM WENT TO THE
HARDEST HIT AREAS TODAY AND DID CONFIRM AN EF-3 TORNADO STRUCK THE
TOWN OF CLAY. WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 150 MPH.
METEOROLOGISTS WILL BE SURVEYING THE ENTIRE STORM TRACK ON TUESDAY
TO DETERMINE THE PATH LENGTH AND WIDTH OF A POSSIBLE LONG TRACK
TORNADO ACROSS NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY. AT THIS TIME…TWO
FATALITIES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ALONG THE STORM
TRACK.

…PERRY COUNTY (SURVEY ONGOING)…

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS A LARGE PART OF PERRY COUNTY
AND PRODUCED DAMAGE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY CREWS HAVE
FOUND EF2 DAMAGE IN PERRY COUNTY WHICH CONSISTED OF SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO SEVERAL STRUCTURES. MAXIMUM WINDS IN PERRY
COUNTY WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 125 MPH. THIS SURVEY CREW WAS ENTERING
CHILTON COUNTY NEAR MAPLESVILLE NEXT. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…AS SURVEY TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR
FINDINGS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

$$

LINHARES

AirLink 33/40 Chopper Video

| 10:07 am January 24, 2012

If you missed it, here is the unedited video from our chopper…

From Jefferson County (Clay/Center Point/Trussville)

And, from Chilton County (Maplesville)

Diane Sawyer Gets It Wrong

| 7:01 am January 24, 2012

See the opening of ABC World News Tonight last night….

NO WARNING? Get a clue. This event was forecast days in advance, and the average lead times for the entire event were 20 to 30 minutes. That is plenty of time to get to a safe place.

We were on the air non-stop from about midnight until almost 8 a.m. It has been our policy at ABC 33/40 to provide long form, uninterrupted severe weather coverage if ANY county in our market goes under a tornado warning.

No warning?

Here is the NWS warning for the tornado as it was approaching Jefferson County, issued at 3:02 a.m.. There was a warning for this storm for the entire duration across Alabama.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
302 AM CST MON JAN 23 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 345 AM CST

* AT 257 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAS TRACKING A
CONFIRMED TORNADO 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…OR
11 MILES NORTH OF HOLT. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING
EAST AT 45 MPH. SEVERAL REPORTS OF DAMAGE HAVE BEEN
REPORTED…THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION!

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FAIRFIELD…BIRMINGHAM…BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…BULL CITY…OAK
GROVE…SYLVAN SPRINGS…WEST JEFFERSON…QUINTON…MAYTOWN AND
MULGA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 261 THROUGH 275…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 78 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 118 THROUGH 128…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TORNADOES ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. TAKE COVER NOW.

And, the next warning as the tornado approached Center Point/Trussville/Clay…

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
332 AM CST MON JAN 23 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WESTERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 AM CST

* AT 326 AM CST…LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PUBLIC HAVE REPORTED
DAMAGE FROM A POSSIBLE TORNADO. THIS THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
OAK GROVE…OR 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF HUEYTOWN…MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…
PINSON-CLAY-CHALKVILLE…LEEDS…TRUSSVILLE…MOODY…SPRINGVILLE
AND ODENVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 260 THROUGH 275…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 27 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBER 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 120 THROUGH 156…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 156…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

So… Diane… the challenge I made to you last night on WeatherBrains stands. Let’s debate. My email is jspann@abc3340.com

I am not holding my breath.

Three Tornadoes Confirmed

| 6:46 am January 24, 2012

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
624 AM CST TUE JAN 24 2012

…LONG TRACK SUPERCELLS PRODUCE MULTIPLE TORNADOES…

…UPDATED FOR TODAYS PLAN OF THE DAY…

A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHED THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT AND
INTERACTED WITH A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT ALREADY IN
PLACE. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED ALONG AND OUT
AHEAD OF THE FRONT ACROSS ARKANSAS AND MISSISSIPPI AND PUSHED
EASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTO MONDAY
MORNING. THERE WERE SEVERAL SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCED
TORNADOES AS THEY TRACKED ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. NUMEROUS
REPORTS OF STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE AND SEVERAL REPORTS OF LARGE
HAIL AND FLASH FLOODING WERE ALSO RECEIVED DURING THE EVENT.

DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL CONTINUE TODAY. THESE SURVEY TEAMS WILL PASS
ANY NEW INFORMATION BACK TO THE OFFICE AND THIS STATEMENT WILL
UPDATED WITH THAT INFORMATION…SO PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE
FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

TEAM ONE: PERRY AND CHILTON COUNTIES.
MEDIA INQUIRES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO JOHN DE BLOCK AT
205-287-1652.

TEAM TWO: TUSCALOOSA AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES.
MEDIA INQUIRES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO JIM STEFKOVICH AT
205-585-8635.

TEAM THREE: ELMORE…AUTAUGA…TALLAPOOSA…AND AUTAUGA COUNTIES.
MEDIA INQUIRES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MARK ROSE AT 205-492-1724.

ADDITIONAL SURVEYS MAY BE NEEDED ON WEDNESDAY AS WELL.

COMPLETED SURVEYS ARE BELOW:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE COMPLETED DAMAGE
SURVEYS ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AND HAVE FOUND
EVIDENCE OF TWO DISTINCT TORNADO PATHS. SPORADIC WIND DAMAGE WAS
ALSO NOTED BETWEEN THE TWO TORNADO PATHS ALONG THE SAME SUPERCELL
TRACK.

…KOFFMAN TORNADO…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3257/-87.6579 AT 242 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3305/-87.6526 AT 243 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.45
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE JUST EAST
OF AL HWY 171 IN THE KOFFMAN AREA AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE
RESULT OF AN EF-3 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF AL HWY 171 AND KOFFMAN RANCH RD WHERE
APPROXIMATELY TWO DOZEN PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND ORIENTED IN
MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST
DESTROYING ONE OUTBUILDING ALONG KOFFMAN SPUR. JUST TO THE
NORTHEAST OF KOFFMAN SPUR…A BARN WAS DESTROYED AND THE ENTIRE
ROOF WAS TORN OFF OF A WELL-CONSTRUCTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE.
THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING CARROLL CREEK. THE TORNADO DAMAGE
PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.46 MILES LONG AND WAS 400 YARDS WIDE AT
ITS WIDEST POINT.

…WATERMELON RD TORNADO…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3961/-87.4440 AT 300 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4038/-87.4395 AT 301 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.56
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE
JUST WEST OF THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER ALONG WATERMELON RD AND
DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2 TORNADO. THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF WATERMELON RD SNAPPING
AND UPROOTING A FEW SMALL PINE TREES. FROM THERE…THE TORNADO
TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND HIT A HUNTING CAMP WHERE APPROXIMATELY
TWENTY SMALL PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND EIGHT CAMPERS WERE
ROLLED. THREE OF THE CAMPERS WERE DESTROYED AND THE OTHER FIVE
RECEIVED DIFFERING DEGREES OF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST CROSSING WATERMELON RD WHERE IT SNAPPED 3 WOODEN
H-FRAME TRANSMISSION LINES BEFORE LIFTING JUST TO THE EAST OF
WATERMELON RD. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.56
MILES LONG AND WAS 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

…JEFFERSON COUNTY…

THE SAME SUPERCELL THAT SPAWNED TWO TORNADOES IN NORTH CENTRAL
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY MOVED EASTWARD INTO JEFFERSON COUNTY PRODUCING
ADDITIONAL TORNADO AND STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. A SURVEY TEAM WENT TO THE
HARDEST HIT AREAS TODAY AND DID CONFIRM AN EF-3 TORNADO STRUCK THE
TOWN OF CLAY. WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 150 MPH.
METEOROLOGISTS WILL BE SURVEYING THE ENTIRE STORM TRACK ON TUESDAY
TO DETERMINE THE PATH LENGTH AND WIDTH OF A POSSIBLE LONG TRACK
TORNADO ACROSS NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY. AT THIS TIME…TWO
FATALITIES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ALONG THE STORM
TRACK.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…AS SURVEY TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR
FINDINGS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.