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Alabama Storm Damage

| 11:12 am April 3, 2009 | Comments (15)

Thanks to a variety of viewers for these images from storm damage across Alabama last night… there was wind damage from the Mississippi to the Georgia border. Also there are some shots of the Tuscaloosa County wall cloud as well; you can also see NWS storm survey results below the pictures.

The damage reports are on the map below… with the warnings from last night below (yellow areas). Good job by the NWS with the severe thunderstorm warnings.

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NWS Storm Survey info…

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
107 PM CDT FRI APR 3 2009

…SHORT TORNADO TRACK FOUND IN NORTH TUSCALOOSA COUNTY…

…TUSCALOOSA COUNTY TORNADO…

EVENT DATE: THURSDAY 02 APRIL 2009
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85-95
EVENT START LOCATION & TIME: 33.436/87.644 3:43 PM
EVENT END LOCATION & TIME: 33.443/87.638 3:44 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.579 MILE
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 150 YARDS
WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 3:32 PM UNTIL 4:00 PM
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #107 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 1:35 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM

NUMEROUS HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
ALONG THE TORNADO PATH. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS ALONG
THE TRACK AS IT CROSSED BRADY-MONTGOMERY ROAD. THIS TORNADO
OCCURRED ABOUT 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF SAMANTHA…IN NORTHWESTERN
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY.

…STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE FOUND IN LAMAR AND MARION COUNTIES…

…WIND DAMAGE IN LAMAR AND MARION COUNTIES…

A NWS SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED THE WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ACROSS
LAMAR AND MARION COUNTIES WAS A RESULT OF STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS.
THESE SEVERE WINDS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH A BOWING SEGMENT…WITHIN A
LINE OF STORMS…THAT CROSSED LAMAR AND MARION COUNTIES BETWEEN 740
PM AND 815 PM ON THURSDAY. THE WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE ON THE
ORDER OF 50 TO 70 MPH.

THIS LINE OF STORMS CAUSED WIDESPREAD STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE FROM
THE MISSISSIPPI STATE LINE TO THE GEORGIA STATE LINE BETWEEN 740 PM
AND 11 PM. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM LAMAR AND
MARION COUNTIES…EASTWARD TO ETOWAH AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES.

And the NWS Huntsville has confirmed at least four tornadoes in the Tennessee Valley region of North Alabama… read their storm survey results here.

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  1. mm says:

    the sign wrapped around the pole is owning me. wow is all i can say.

  2. Pastor D says:

    That sign is about one mile from my house, and several of the pictures are from the road I live on. However, they do not do justice to some of the damage sustained in Hamilton. There are trees on top of Mobile Homes and down all over Hamilton.

  3. Matthew says:

    James…

    That map is one of the most informative graphics I have seen in a while! Thanks !

    Matt

  4. Holly in Tuscaloosa says:

    What is the location of the bent Key West Hotel sign and was that from rotation or straight line winds? Mighty scary!

  5. James: I stayed up last night watching the two lines of storms approach us. We live just west of Marietta. I lived in Birmingham for 14 years and in the Atlanta area now for 3 years. I watched each line of storms last night basically fall apart before they reached us. All we got were sprinkles. No thunder, no lightning, no wind, just sprinkles. I’ve observed during my 3 years over here that, on a percentage basis, the storms coming from MS & ALA seem to weaken by the time they get here or like last night fall apart, the tornado hitting downtown Atlanta last year not withstanding. My Wife, who is not a weather bug like me, has mentioned this same to me several times. Yes we do have severe weather but it appears to me, once again on a percentage basis, the storms coming out of ALA. seem to weaken or like last night, fall apart before reaching us. Would like to hear any comments on my observations.
    One final note, I believe the storm that hit downtown Atlanta may have fired up here in Georgia but not for sure on that one.

  6. Melster says:

    That Key West sign is on Exit 14 off I-22(Corridor X) in Hamilton(Marion Co.) According the report on the blog that I just read, it was straight line wind damage. That hotel also has a lighthouse on top of the motel that is now on the ground.
    Pastor D is correct–the pictures don’t do it justice. That one road–River Road(Co Hwy 35) had alot of damage from trees down and I counted 3 houses damaged by the downed trees in a 1 mile stretch, but there may be more than that. Then another area, by the hospital, has even more trees down.
    The wind was horrible last night during all of this, but I haven’t heard of any injuries in this area, so we’re thankful.

  7. rick in nc says:

    we have the same thing here in western nc..systems tend to lose steam as they cross over our smokey mtn range(although not always).I believe Georgia ,like us,tends to have air that is somewhat more stable.That rush of juicy Gulf air that gets pulled straight up from the gulf of mexico tends to fuel the storms .Georgia does not get that straight shot of gulf air like occurs across alabama and mississippi.This is my take on it as I too lived in alabama from 1953 til 1998 and always wondered the same as you.

  8. Thanks Rick: Don’t know if you’ll read this but my thought are the same as yours on the reason the storms seem to weaken. Go south of most of Georgia and you hit Fla. not the gulf. Others may not agree with us, but we seem to be on the same page. Thanks again.

  9. keywest96 says:

    Although I’m not a meteorologist but have looked at the damage in the Hamilton area in person, when you have trees lying in opposite directions next to each other, trees snapped off some 20-25 above ground, bark torn off of trees, twisted steel beams, and signs destroyed from winds blowing in the opposite direction in which the storm was traveling, it sure makes me believe there was rotation with this storm. Also there are credible individuals stating they heard the classic freight train roar as the storm passed over…

    It often seems the NWS goes back to the “straight-line winds” determination when a tornado warning never gets issued. I hope that’s not the case in Hamilton. I, for one, know what I have seen, and straight-line winds blow in one direction, not in a twisting motion or in an opposite way to the storm’s path. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Hamilton storm was a tornado.

  10. Steph In Lincoln says:

    Just another tidbit . . . my weather station here just east/northeast of the Lincoln city limits off Hwy 77 recorded an all-time barometric pressure low during the worst of this bow echo as it moved through here – a staggering 88.83. This is the lowest I’ve seen on my weather station in well over two years.

  11. Steph In Lincoln says:

    SORRY!!! I don’t do caffeine so I didn’t catch my typo. That BP reading SHOULD have read 28.83 . . . NOT 88.83. Please forgive (and stop laughing at my lack of editing on a Saturday morning). :-)

  12. Steph: With that low of a BP reading how bad was the weather at the time it passed? I’m less than 100 miles from you and as I wrote in Post #5 we got nothing but sprinkles. I watched the radar the whole time and as I mentioned above the bow echo and line of storms just fell apart before getting here. I have my theory but would like to hear others. As you can see rick in NC Post #7 has weighed in. Thanks

  13. Steph In Lincoln says:

    Wayne,

    The weather here was akin to a typical severe thunderstorm; not much lightning, 4-5 gusts of straight-line winds that caused our home to mildly creak along with moderate driving rain. I can say this: it was nothing compared to the severe weather that brought huge hail to Ohatchee and small marble-sized hail here in our yard about a month ago. The BP then was 28.88 so naturally this event got my attention. For what it’s worth, the BP seems to plummet here during a severe event, even when the “action” is between 50-75 miles from us.

  14. Thanks Steph: What’s funny about the weather here during Thursday nights event is that FFC NWS-aka Atlanta in their update indicated that storms would possibly intensify when moving into GA. Capes,according to FFC-NWS were to be in the 1000-1500 range with an increase in low level jet. At least that’s what I remembered from reading the update two days later(today). Then both lines fell apart. Who know?

  15. Shelia says:

    I live on valleydale road off of 280 and we did not have anything except a little rain. We had a lot of wind but no damage. We are very thankful and blessed. Now we are not far from Spain Park High School and some subdivisions near there got a lot of downed trees. Some roofs were damaged as well. All I can say is that my family is all safe and sound and our hearts and prayers go out to those that lost a home or a loved one or both. It was a very bad day the day of the storms but Alabama will come together and we will rebuild. That is just how we are. Help your neighbors and your community and when that is done donate to the harder hit areas.

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