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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL  
311 PM CDT THU APR 13 2017  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 5 2017 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT
 
   
..CORRECTED END TME FOR THE SANDY CREEK TORNADO IN BARBOUR COUNTY
 
 
ISOLATED TO SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN A WARM  
SECTOR ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AHEAD OF A FRONT. A FEW OF THESE  
STORMS PRODUCED DAMAGE. DAMAGE SURVEYS COMPLETED SO FAR  
INCLUDE THREE TORNADOES AND ONE AREA OF THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  
   
TORNADO #1 HIGHTOWER - CLEBURNE COUNTY
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 60 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 0.25 MILE  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 75 YARDS  
FATALITIES: NONE.  
INJURIES: NONE.  
 
START DATE: APR 05 2017  
START TIME: 440 PM (CDT)  
START LOCATION: 3 MILES S OF TRICKEM/CLEBURNE COUNTY AL  
START LAT/LON: 33.5342/-85.3868  
 
END DATE: APR 05 2017  
END TIME: 442 PM (CDT)  
END LOCATION: 3 MILES WSW OF RANBURN/CLEBURNE COUNTY AL  
END LAT/LON: 33.5344/-85.3924  
 
SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE  
AND DETERMINED THAT A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN. THE TORNADO HIT A  
CHICKEN HOUSE ALONG COUNTY ROAD 10, REMOVING PORTIONS OF THE CHICKEN  
HOUSE ROOF AND SCATTERING IT ACROSS THE NEARBY PASTURE. A NEARBY  
RESIDENT CAPTURED THE SMALL ROPE TORNADO ON VIDEO.  
   
TORNADO #2 UNION HILL - CHAMBERS COUNTY
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 2 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 125 YARDS  
FATALITIES: NONE.  
INJURIES: NONE.  
 
START DATE: APR 05 2017  
START TIME: 839 PM (CDT)  
START LOCATION: 2 MILES N OF TRAMMEL CROSSROADS/CHAMBERS  
COUNTY AL  
START LAT/LON: 33.0037/-85.5402  
 
END DATE: APR 05 2017  
END TIME: 843 PM (CDT)  
END LOCATION: 2 MILES W OF PENTON/CHAMBERS COUNTY AL  
END LAT/LON: 33.0050/-85.5064  
 
SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE IN  
NORTHWESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY AND DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS  
CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CR  
116 JUST  
WEST OF THE UNION HILL COMMUNITY WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED  
AND LARGE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST,  
CROSSING  
CR 123, WHERE A BARN SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE AND SEVERAL ADDITIONAL  
TREES WERE SNAPPED. ADJACENT TO CR 123 AND CR 53, A SMALL FIRE  
STATION, BARN AND ADDITIONAL TREES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. THE  
TORNADO LIFTED JUST BEYOND CR 53, EAST OF UNION HILL WHERE MORE  
TREES  
WERE OBSERVED TO HAVE MINOR DAMAGE.  
   
THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE #1 TALLAPOOSA COUNTY
 
 
PEAK WIND ESTIMATED: 70-75 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 1.77 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): N/A  
FATALITIES: NONE.  
INJURIES: NONE.  
 
START DATE: APR 05 2017  
START TIME: 450 PM (CDT)  
START LOCATION: 1 E OF NEW SITE/TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AL  
START LAT/LON: 33.0353/-85.7649  
 
END DATE: APR 05 2017  
END TIME: 453 PM (CDT)  
END LOCATION: 2 ENE OF NEW SITE/TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AL  
END LAT/LON: 33.0419/-85.7353  
 
SUMMARY: SEVERAL WIND DAMAGE POINTS WERE SURVEYED BY THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE AND THE CAUSE OF THE DAMAGE IS LIKELY FROM STRAIGHT  
LINE WINDS. AT THE FIRST LOCATION ON HWY 49, A LARGE, WELL-BUILT  
BARN  
SUSTAINED DAMAGE WITH ONE WALL DESTROYED ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT ROOF  
DAMAGE. THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL LARGE SOFTWOOD TREES UPROOTED. AT A  
SECOND LOCATION, NUMEROUS SOFTWOOD TREES ALONG HWY 22 WERE UPROOTED.  
WHILE THIS DAMAGE WAS IN AN INCONSISTENT PATH, THE UPROOTED TREES  
LAY  
IN A DIVERGENT PATTERN INDICATING THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT  
WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE RADAR DATA  
SHOWED THE DAMAGE OCCURRED WITHIN PROXIMITY OF THE REAR FLANK  
DOWNDRAFT OF A SUPERCELL. IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WAS AN  
ABSENCE  
OF A TORNADIC DEBRIS SIGNATURE IN THE CORRELATION COEFFICIENT.  
 
.TORNADO #3 SANDY CREEK - BARBOUR COUNTY  
 
RATING: EF-1  
PEAK WIND ESTIMATED: 100-105 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 1.2 MILES IN BARBOUR COUNTY  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 0.25 MILES  
FATALITIES:NONE.  
INJURIES: NONE.  
 
START DATE: APR 05 2017  
START TIME: 1049 AM (CDT)  
START LOCATION: 5 ENE OF RICHARDS CROSSROADS/BARBOUR COUNTY AL  
START LAT/LON:31.7595/-85.1753  
 
END DATE: APR 05 2017  
END TIME: 1055 AM (CDT)  
END LOCATION:8 SSE OF EUFAULA COUNTRY CLUB/BARBOUR COUNTY AL  
END LAT/LON: 31.774275/-85.133590  
 
SUMMARY: AN EF-1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHERN BARBOUR COUNTY  
AROUND 10:49AM ON APRIL 5, 2017. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO NORTHERN  
HENRY COUNTY BEFORE CROSSING BACK INTO BARBOUR COUNTY OVER THE WALTER  
F. GEORGE RESERVOIR. NWS TAE SURVEYED DAMAGE IN BARBOUR COUNTY AND  
FOUND SEVERAL TREES SNAPPED ALONG SANDY CREEK DRIVE AND WHITE OAK  
DRIVE IN THE WHITE OAK COMMUNITY.  
 
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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