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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL  
210 PM CDT THU APR 2 2020  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/31/20 TORNADO EVENT
 
 
   
UPDATE #3
 
 
CORRECTED INFORMATION ABOUT KTOI ASOS.  
   
OVERVIEW
 
 
A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE CAUSED A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE TO  
FROM ALONG A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT AND MOVE EASTWARD ALONG THE  
HIGHWAY 80 AND INTERSTATE 85 CORRIDORS. THIS ALLOWED A WARM FRONT TO  
LIFT NORTHWARD ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.  
NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT, A LINE OF SHOWERS WITH SPORADIC LIGHTNING  
STRIKES ALONG AN INVERTED TROUGH WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS  
DESPITE A COOL AND STABLE AIR MASS AT THE SURFACE, KNOCKING DOWN  
NUMEROUS TREES FROM TUSCALOOSA COUNTY TO RANDOLPH COUNTY DURING THE  
FIRST PART OF THE MORNING. A QLCS AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT MOVED  
EASTWARD LATER IN THE MORNING FROM LOWNDES COUNTY TO BARBOUR COUNTY,  
PRODUCING SPORADIC DAMAGING WINDS. ADDITIONALLY, BOOKEND VORTICES  
AND EMBEDDED SUPERCELL STRUCTURES CAUSED 1 WEAK TORNADO IN MONTGOMERY  
COUNTY, 3 WEAK TORNADOES IN PIKE COUNTY, AND A STRONG TORNADO NEAR  
EUFAULA. NO ADDITIONAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ARE PLANNED AT THIS TIME.  
   
TORNADO #1 SMITH GAMBLE TORNADO (MONTGOMERY COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 70 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 3.33 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 190 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAR 31 2020  
START TIME: 10:23 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2 WNW MEADVILLE  
START LAT/LON: 32.0817 / -86.1751  
 
END DATE: MAR 31 2020  
END TIME: 10:30 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 3 NNE MEADVILE  
END LAT/LON: 32.1071 / -86.1270  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
NWS METEOROLOGISTS ASSESSED DAMAGE IN SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY,  
WEST OF THE TOWN OF PINE LEVEL, AND DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF  
AN EF-0 TORNADO. MINOR TREE DAMAGE, CONSISTING OF PRIMARILY BROKEN  
LIMBS, WAS OBSERVED FROM SMITH GAMBLE ROAD TO WOODLEY ROAD. A  
TORNADO DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS NOTED WITH THIS STORM.  
   
TORNADO #2 COUNTY ROAD 1112 TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 70 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 0.14 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 80 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAR 31 2020  
START TIME: 10:33 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 4 WSW ORION  
START LAT/LON: 31.9371 / -86.0665  
 
END DATE: MAR 31 2020  
END TIME: 10:33 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 4 WSW ORION  
END LAT/LON: 31.9379 / -86.0643  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
NWS METEOROLOGISTS ASSESSED DAMAGE ALONG CR 1112 IN NORTHWEST PIKE  
COUNTY, SOUTHWEST OF THE TOWN OF ORION, AND DETERMINED IT WAS THE  
RESULT OF AN EF-0 TORNADO. DAMAGE WAS LIMITED TO A FEW SNAPPED AND  
UPROOTED PINE TREES ALONG ITS BRIEF PATH. A TORNADO DEBRIS SIGNATURE  
WAS NOTED WITH THIS STORM.  
   
TORNADO #3 TROY AIRPORT TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 80 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 1.61 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 80 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAR 31 2020  
START TIME: 10:34 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 1 WSW TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT  
START LAT/LON: 31.8539 / -86.0307  
 
END DATE: MAR 31 2020  
END TIME: 10:36 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 1 SE TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT  
END LAT/LON: 31.8580 / -86.0037  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
NWS METEOROLOGISTS ASSESSED DAMAGE NEAR THE TROY AIRPORT AND  
DETERMINED IT WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO FORMED  
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LAKE ROAD AND OAK GROVE ROAD JUST SOUTHWEST  
OF TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. BRANCHES AND A COUPLE TREES WERE DOWNED  
ALONG OAK GROVE ROAD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST- NORTHEASTWARD,  
REMOVING THE ROOF FROM A BARN AND DOWNING A COUPLE MORE TREES,  
BEFORE CROSSING THE NORTH-SOUTH RUNWAYS AT THE AIRPORT. THE TORNADO  
PASSED SOUTH OF THE TERMINAL AND VERY NEAR THE KTOI ASOS. WINDS  
BACKED FROM 200 DEGREES TO 170 DEGREES AND THEN VEERED TO 260 DEGREES  
WHILE GUSTING TO 47 MPH. MINOR DAMAGE MAY HAVE OCCURRED TO THE ASOS  
PENDING FURTHER ASSESSMENT. THE TORNADO DOWNED A COUPLE MORE TREES  
BEFORE DISSIPATING WEST OF HIGHWAY 231. THE TORNADO WAS OBSERVED ON  
VIDEO FROM THE AIRPORT.  
   
TORNADO #4 SANDFIELD TORNADO (PIKE COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 75 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 0.83 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 180 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAR 31 2020  
START TIME: 10:51 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 1 S SANDFIELD  
START LAT/LON: 31.9011 / -85.8111  
 
END DATE: MAR 31 2020  
END TIME: 10:52 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 1 ESE SANDFIELD  
END LAT/LON: 31.9025 / -85.7972  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
NWS METEOROLOGISTS ASSESSED DAMAGE NEAR SANDFIELD AND DETERMINED IT  
WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO FORMED IN A WOODED  
RURAL AREA SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 223 AND THE SANDFIELD COMMUNITY. SEVERAL  
TREES WERE DOWNED AS IT CROSSED AN UNNAMED DIRT ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD  
6615. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO DISSIPATE PRIOR TO REACHING THE  
BULLOCK COUNTY LINE. A BRIEF TORNADO DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS ALSO  
OBSERVED VIA KMXX RADAR.  
   
TORNADO #5 EUFAULA TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)
 
 
RATING: EF-2  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 130 MPH  
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 7.85 MILES  
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 350 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAR 31 2020  
START TIME: 11:34 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 3 ENE BAKER HILL  
START LAT/LON: 31.8016 / -85.2636  
 
END DATE: MAR 31 2020  
END TIME: 11:46 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5 S EUFAULA  
END LAT/LON: 31.8173 / -85.1313  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
NWS METEOROLOGISTS ASSESSED DAMAGE NEAR EUFAULA AND DETERMINED IT  
WAS THE RESULT OF AN EF-2 TORNADO. THE TORNADO FORMED IN A WOODED  
AREA WEST OF LEE PARKER LANE, JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 131 AND TO THE  
NORTHEAST OF BAKER HILL. IT MOVED NORTHEASTWARD DOWNING TREES AND  
CAUSING MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO TWO RESIDENCES ALONG FIVE MILE ROAD AND  
REMOVING THE ROOF FROM AN OUTBUILDING. IT CONTINUED TO SNAP NUMEROUS  
TREES AS IT MOVED THROUGH A WOODED AREA. IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 131 NEAR  
LEROY ROAD WHERE TWO RESIDENCES AND A MOBILE HOME SUFFERED MINOR  
DAMAGE AS THE TORNADO TURNED EASTWARD. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT  
CROSSED HIGHWAY 431 AND WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO, WITH THE MOST  
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRING IN THE COUNTRY CLUB OF ALABAMA  
NEIGHBORHOOD ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF PEBBLE BEACH DRIVE. LARGE  
SECTIONS OF ROOFS WERE REMOVED FROM A FEW WELL BUILT RESIDENCES WITH  
COLLAPSE OF SOME EXTERIOR WALLS. THE TORNADO CROSSED THE WALTER F.  
GEORGE RESERVOIR ALONG THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND CONTINUED INTO  
QUITMAN COUNTY IN GEORGIA.  
 
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.  
 
32/89/08  
 

 
 
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