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New Huntsville Storm Survey Info

| 6:29 pm February 6, 2008 | Comments (8)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
625 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

…PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY ALABAMA…

A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE INCURRED ACROSS LAWRENCE
COUNTY ALABAMA HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
LAWRENCE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. INITIAL FINDINGS ARE
AS FOLLOWS:

* LOCATION: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE PINHOOK COMMUNITY…
NEAR THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST…AND
CONTINUED AT LEAST TO THE MORGAN COUNTY LINE NEAR THE TRINITY
COMMUNITY.

* PATH LENGTH: 18.7 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 1/2 MILE
* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 150 MPH
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-3

* FATALITIES: 3
* INJURIES: 20-25

* SUMMARY: SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS SEEN IN TWO AREAS. THE FIRST…
JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF PINHOOK NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY
ROAD 92 AND 188. THE SECOND AREA WAS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY
ROAD 94 AND 183…JUST NORTH OF ALDRIDGE GROVE…WHERE THE THREE
FATALITIES OCCURRED. NUMEROUS HOMES RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE…INCLUDING A 2300 SQUARE FOOT / TWO STORY BRICK HOUSE…THAT
WAS NEARLY LEVELED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. LARGE TREES…WITH DIAMETERS
UP TO 4 FEET…WERE COMPLETELY SNAPPED WITH MANY UPROOTED.

NOTE: THESE FINDINGS ARE PRELIMINARY. A QUICK RESPONSE TEAM WILL
MAKE ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS TOMORROW AND FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE
MADE.

PICTURES AND SUMMARY MATERIALS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE THIS EVENING
ON OUR WEB PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE /ALL LOWER CASE/.

$$

SURVEYED BY: NADLER/DARDEN

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  1. Mike Wilhelm says:

    My good friend Mike Heflin lives in Wren and I have lots of co-workers from East Lawrence. Fortunately they all were in a safe place.

    It goes back to what so many people think: “It could never happen to me.” Those families that were affected by this storm did not wake up yesterday morning really thinking they could be in an EF-3 tornado. But it happens. Thanks be to God, though, that miraculously, more lives were not lost.

  2. Melster says:

    WOW! My husband and I live north of Guin in Marion Co. and woke up when the weather alert radio alarm sounded. We always play it safe since we lived thru a tornado several years ago.
    Weird thing–this storm dropped a tornado in Lamar Co and breifly touched Marion Co–then only produced hail, rain and wind over the rest of Marion and Winston Co. It crossed the Lawrence Co line and caused this tornado/devestation. This was a direct line over my house. I feel very lucky!!!

  3. Carol says:

    So why did God spare some sites and not others? Were they sinners that deserved to be killed? It’s not miracles. It’s just the chaos of mathematics.

  4. carol,i truly believe that when our wonderful God has plans for us to go we are going to go. yes basements, storm cellars, safe rooms and all the alike are wonderful. however people have been killed in all these hideaways.when God says it is time for us to go,(christian, muslim, buddist or any thing else) we are going to go. like it or not!

  5. James From Tuscaloosa says:

    Ditto too what David said. My late Mother always went to bed w/ earplugs feeling when it was her time, it was her time. She did, as I do, respect tornadoes, but am not afraid of them. Know many people who just go bizzaro when these storms come up, staying to all hours of the night; but I’m more fascinated than afraid. I myself would LOVE to go to Kansas or Oklahoma to view and chase tornadoes; at the same time I also enjoy SCUBA diving and would just as equally enjoy diving with sharks w/out a cage. I go about my business, but stay alert and close to a source of information. I have my safe place at home (an inside closet that my dog would beat me to); and at work, my little area is on an inside hallway w/ a weather radio. I can just as easily get killed driving to or from work.

  6. Angie says:

    James and Crew….
    I can’t tell you how much of a calming effect it is to turn the T.V. set on and see you all hard at work. I went to bed early, anticipating the storms later, toward daybreak. When my weather radio alarmed, I immediately turned the T.V. on to see James, Jason and Ashley. When I turned on my computer, J.B. and Bill were on-line. I knew where the storms were, that they were not going to affect my location, and knew that I didn’t have to awaken my sleeping family to go to our storm shelter. I listened to the Memphis coverage yesterday. We are so blessed to have the weather team at 33/40!! Severe storms and tornadoes are scary, and should be respected. You don’t have to panic, just use common sense. James and the gang helps us do that. Thank You again for all that you do!! You are appreciated!!

  7. Melster says:

    Carol–I wasn’t saying that anyone “deserved to be killed”!
    I was saying “WOW”–to the fact that tornados are unpredictable.

    I feel for the families that have lost loved ones.

  8. James From Tuscaloosa says:

    Forgot to add that I’m in the process of obtaining my amatuer radio ticket (already have the equipment) and have taken the Tuscaloosa County EMA CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.

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