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NWS Storm Survey Results

| April 12, 2011 @ 4:57 pm | 2 Replies

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
455 PM CDT TUE APR 12 2011

…UPDATE FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY PRELIMINARY DAMAGE…

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS…WITH AREAS OF EMBEDDED ROTATION…
MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THESE
THUNDERSTORMS CAUSED WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA.
THESE DAMAGING WINDS KNOCKED DOWN NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES.
SEVERAL OF THE FALLEN TREES LANDED ON HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS.
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS ALSO REPORTED AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS.

…JEFFERSON COUNTY PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN VESTAVIA HILLS. THUS FAR…IT APPEARS THAT WINDS
OF UP TO 100 MPH SNAPPED OR UPROOTED DOZENS OF HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD
TREES SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
OCCURRED IN THE VICINITY OF CITY HALL WHERE NUMEROUS LARGE HARDWOOD
TREES WERE UPROOTED AND THIRTY PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED IN BIRD PARK.
SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE DUE TO TREES FALLING ON
THEM. DAMAGE EXTENDED MAINLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF SHADES CREST ROAD
ABOUT A MILE ON EITHER SIDE OF HIGHWAY 31. OTHER DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
JEFFERSON COUNTY…INCLUDING BLUFF PARK…WILL NEED TO BE SURVEYED
BEFORE A FINAL DETERMINATION CAN BE MADE. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE
JEFFERSON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE
DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.

…TUSCALOOSA COUNTY STORM SURVEY…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF THE BUHL COMMUNITY. DAMAGE WAS NOTED
OFF OF COUNTY ROAD 103 CROSSING SIPSEY VALLEY ROAD NORTH…THEN TO
THE NORTH-NORTHEAST…TO CORNELIUS CHAPEL ROAD. SEVERAL HARDWOOD
TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS TREES BLOWN
DOWN. THERE WAS ALSO ROOF DAMAGE TO A MANUFACTURED HOME. TREE DAMAGE
PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT 3.4 MILES. PATH WIDTH WAS ABOUT 200 YARDS.
THERE WAS LACK OF ANY STRONG EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTED A TORNADO.
BASED ON THESE FINDINGS…THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS AROUND 90 MPH. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TUSCALOOSA COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.

…PICKENS COUNTY STORM SURVEY…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
PICKENS COUNTY IN THE TOWN OF ALICEVILLE. DAMAGE WAS NOTED BETWEEN
SECOND STREET NORTHWEST AND NINTH STREET NORTHEAST AND NORTH OF
FIRST AVENUE NORTHEAST. A FEW HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THERE WERE SIGNS OF VISIBLE DAMAGE AND
SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF ROOF COVERING TO SOME SMALL RETAIL BUILDINGS.
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT .9 MILE. PATH WIDTH WAS ABOUT 200
YARDS. THERE WAS LACK OF ANY STRONG EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTED A
TORNADO. BASED ON THESE FINDINGS…THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AROUND 90 MPH. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PICKENS
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE DAMAGE
ASSESSMENT.

…FAYETTE COUNTY STORM SURVEY…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
FAYETTE COUNTY JUST EAST OF THE TOWN OF FAYETTE. DAMAGE WAS NOTED
BETWEEN NEAR HIGHWAY 18 AND COUNTY ROAD 26. A FEW SOFTWOOD TREES
WERE SNAPPED. THERE WAS LACK OF ANY STRONG EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTED A
TORNADO. BASED ON THESE FINDINGS…THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AROUND 90 MPH. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FAYETTE
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE DAMAGE
ASSESSMENT.

…WALKER COUNTY STORM SURVEY…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE LOCATIONS IN
WALKER COUNTY OFF OF CURRY ROAD NORTH OF JASPER. THERE WAS
WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE 3 MILES SOUTH OF CURRY. DOZENS OF SOFTWOOD
TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OFF OR WERE UPROOTED. SEVERAL HARDWOOD
TREES WERE ALSO UPROOTED. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS TREES BLOWN
DOWN. HOWEVER…A COUPLE OF HOUSES HAD MINOR WIND DAMAGE OR DAMAGE
DUE TO A TREE FALLING ON THEM. ONE HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
WHEN A LARGE LIMB FELL ON IT RENDERING THE HOME UNLIVABLE. TREE
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT 3.6 MILES. THERE WAS LACK OF ANY STRONG
EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTED A TORNADO. BASED ON THESE FINDINGS…THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AROUND 90 MPH. A
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE WALKER COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR
ASSISTANCE IN THE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE OTHER DAMAGE
LOCATIONS…WHERE ORGANIZED AREAS OF DAMAGE MIGHT BE ATTRIBUTED TO
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN. ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE
ISSUED PERIODICALLY…AS SURVEYS TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR FINDINGS.

AT THIS TIME…STORM SURVEYS ARE ONGOING FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

TEAM ONE: JEFFERSON COUNTY…BLUFF PARK.

TEAM TWO: BIBB COUNTY…BRENT.

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.

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