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NOUS44 KBMX 241249  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL  
749 AM CDT TUE APR 24 2018  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR APRIL 22 2018
 
 
   
..CORRECTION: START/END TIMES CHANGED TO CDT
 
 
   
OVERVIEW
 
 
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVED NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA THE  
AFTERNOON OF APRIL 22. A WARM FRONT MOVED NORTHWARD IN RESPONSE TO  
THIS SYSTEM AND USHERED IN UNSTABLE AIR NEAR THE WARM FRONT.  
ALTHOUGH THE INSTABILITY WAS RATHER LIMITED, PLENTY OF SHEAR FOR  
ORGANIZED AND ROTATING STORMS WAS PRESENT. ROTATING STORMS DID  
DEVELOP AND A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.  
SEVERAL TORNADO VIDEOS WERE RECEIVED FROM ADDITIONAL ROTATING STORMS  
TO OUR SOUTH AND SOME OF THESE STORMS PUSHED NORTHWARD INTO CENTRAL  
ALABAMA.  
 
   
TORNADO #1 PHILADELPHIA CHURCH ROAD (MONTGOMERY COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 80 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 2.57 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 250 YARDS  
FATALITIES: NONE  
INJURIES: NONE  
 
START DATE: APR 22 2018  
START TIME: 225 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2 NE LAPINE  
START LAT/LON: 31.9880/-86.2595  
 
END DATE: APR 22 2018  
END TIME: 230 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 SSW RAMER  
END LAT/LON: 32.0205/-86.2386  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF PHILADELPHIA CHURCH ROAD, NORTHEAST  
OF LAPINE AND WEST OF GRADY. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEASTWARD AND CROSSED  
PHILADELPHIA CHURCH ROAD AND NAFTEL RAMER ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED  
JUST AFTER IT CROSSED SMILEY FERRY ROAD. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED  
OR SNAPPED ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH. THE MOST CONCENTRATED AREA OF DAMAGE  
WAS JUST AS THE TORNADO WAS LIFTING NEAR SMILEY FERRY ROAD, BUT STILL  
LIMITED TO TREE DAMAGE. A SPECIAL THANKS GO OUT TO MARK HIGGINS FOR  
HIS SURVEY ASSISTANCE AND LAND ACCESS.  
   
BARBOUR COUNTY SURVEY
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM SURVEYED SEVERAL  
LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN BARBOUR COUNTY. A FEW LOCATIONS INCLUDE SOUTH OF  
BAKER HILL, NORTHWEST OF TEXASVILLE, NORTHEAST OF BLUE SPRINGS STATE  
PARK, AND SOUTHEAST OF BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK. THESE AREAS WERE VERY  
RURAL AND ALSO HAD MANY FIELDS WHICH RESTRICTED SOME ACCESS. ALTHOUGH  
RADAR DATA INDICATED A GOOD CHANCE OF A TORNADO, GROUND VERIFICATION  
COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. FURTHER RADAR EVALUATION IS NECESSARY WITH  
A WEAK TORNADO TOUCH DOWN STILL POSSIBLE.  
 
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES  
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.  
 
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH  
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH  
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH  
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH  
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH  
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH  
 
NOTE:  
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS  
STORM DATA.  
 

 
 
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