Three Confirmed Tornadoes So Far From Weekend Severe Storms

| April 15, 2019 @ 1:44 pm

From NWS Birmingham:
A very potent storm system moved out of the Southern Plains States and into the Central Gulf Coast Region Saturday and into Sunday morning. This system produced widespread severe weather from Texas to Alabama, including tornadoes. A line of severe storms moved into West Alabama shortly before midnight Saturday night and progressed eastward across all of Central Alabama. The line of storms produced pockets of damaging straight-line winds, localized flooding, and several tornadoes. The severe storms moved out of East Alabama by 10 AM CDT Sunday.

Surveys teams will continue working this afternoon, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday if necessary.

Team 1: Shelby County completed, on the ground in Etowah County.

Team 2: Three tornadoes identified in Pike, currently working assessing Troy area, then will head to Russell County. If time allows Team 2 may drive to Hale County.


TORNADO #1 County Road 16 Tornado (Shelby County)…

Rating: EF0
Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph
Path Length /statute/: 2.97 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 125 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 04/14/2019
Start Time: 04:14 AM
CDT Start Location: 2 WNW Calera / Shelby County / AL
Start Lat/Lon: 33.1109 / -86.7851

End Date: 04/14/2019
End Time: 04:20 AM CDT
End Location: 2 SSE Shelby County Airport / Shelby
County / AL
End Lat/Lon: 33.1527 / -86.7748

The tornado formed near Salter Lake just east of a quarry west of Calera and moved northeast, causing minor timber damage across Shelby County Road 16 that blocked the roadway. The tornado continued to the north-northeast through inaccessible forested areas and crossed the northern extent of the quarry where no damage was reported by personnel. The tornado moved nearly due north and caused some minor timber damage as it crossed Shelby County Road 22 and uprooted trees as it moved across Sharpsburg Circle. A nearby home had a portion of its wooden fence supports broken due to the winds. Behind a house, three trees were uprooted. The home was undergoing a roof replacement. No damage to the home was found other than the winds lofting plywood, shingles, and tools used for the work. Some of the plywood and shingles were found a few hundred yards north in the adjacent neighborhood. A few trees were uprooted at the eastern end of Ivanhoe Lane. Further to the north, the tornado crossed Rossburg Drive and Rossburg Place. Here it caused significant roof damage to one home, broke apart portions of five fences, deposited plywood and some roofing material on the roof of other homes, uprooted a few trees and tore a small portion of the roof off of an upstairs room. The tornado then continued northward, between Little John Circle and Nottingham Drive, where it dissipated.


TORNADO #2 Highland Lakes Tornado (Shelby County)…

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph
Path Length (Statute): 6.48 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 600 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 04/14/2019
Start Time: 04:05 AM
Start Location: 1 SE Oak Mountain Lake / Shelby County / AL
Start Lat/Lon: 33.3539 / -86.6857

End Date: 04/14/2019
End Time: 04:14 AM CDT
End Location: 1 W Shoal Creek Golf Club / Shelby County / AL
End Lat/Lon: 33.1527 / -86.7748

Survey Summary: Storm summary to follow.


TORNADO #3 Crenshaw-Pike Tornado (Pike County)…

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70 mph
Path Length (Statute): 1.09 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 04/14/2019
Start Time: 06:57 AM
Start Location: 1 W Goshen / Pike County / AL
Start Lat/Lon: 31.7186 / -86.1473

End Date: 04/14/2019
End Time: 06:59 AM CDT
End Location: Goshen / Pike County / AL
End Lat/Lon: 31.7216 / -86.1290

Survey Summary: This information is regarding the portion of the
tornado that occurred in Pike County. NWS MOB will provide a PNS for
the portion of the tornado that occurred in Crenshaw County.

A summary of storm details will be provided later.

Category: Alabama's Weather, ALL POSTS, Severe Weather

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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