New Huntsville Storm Survey Info

| February 6, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | 8 Replies

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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/.

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SURVEYED BY: NADLER/DARDEN

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