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NWS releases preliminary report on weekend tornadoes

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

BIRMINGHAM — The National Weather Service in Birmingham has released a preliminary report on severe weather, including tornadoes, that caused damage across Alabama just before midnight on April 13 and in the early morning hours of April 14.

The severe system produced pockets of damaging straight-line winds, localized flooding and several tornadoes.

Survey teams will continue working through Wednesday, if necessary, to provide updates on their findings.

Tornado #1: Shelby County
EF-0

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
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 04:20 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 2 SSE SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT / SHELBY COUNTY / AL

SURVEY SUMMARY: 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 OTHER HOMES, UPROOTED A FEW TREES AND TORE A SMALL PORTION OF ROOF OFF OF AN UPSTAIRS ROOM. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTHWARD, BETWEEN LITTLE JOHN CIRCLE AND NOTTINGHAM DRIVE, WHERE IT DISSIPATED. .

Tornado #2: Shelby County
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
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 04:14 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 1 W SHOAL CREEK GOLF CLUB / SHELBY COUNTY / AL

SURVEY SUMMARY: STORM SUMMARY TO FOLLOW.

Tornado #3: Pike County
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
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 06:59 AM CDT
END LOCATION: GOSHEN / PIKE COUNTY / AL

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN CRENSHAW COUNTY AND CROSSED INTO PIKE COUNTY JUST NORTH OF HWY 28, CAUSING TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED IN GOSHEN AFTER CAUSING DAMAGE TO A GAS STATION AWNING.

Tornado #4: Etowah County
EF-1

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 2.55 MILES PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 100 YARDS FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0
START DATE: 04/14/2019
START TIME: 06:25 AM CDT
START LOCATION: 1 NNE GLENCOE / ETOWAH COUNTY / AL
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 06:27 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 2 W HOKES BLUFF / ETOWAH COUNTY / AL

SURVEY SUMMARY: A SUMMARY OF STORM DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED LATER.

Tornado #5: Pike County
EF-0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 70 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 1.00 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 150 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0 I
NJURIES: 0
START DATE: 04/14/2019
START TIME: 06:50 AM
START LOCATION: 3 W HENDERSON / PIKE COUNTY / AL
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 06:52 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 3 WNW HENDERSON / PIKE COUNTY / AL

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 6, SEVERAL MILES SOUTH OF GOSHEN. IT THEN MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST MAINLY OVER RURAL FARMLANDS AND OPEN FIELDS. DUE TO THE LACK OF ROAD ACCESS, THE PATH WIDTH AND LENGTH WERE ESTIMATED PENDING ANY FURTHER DATA. WIND SPEEDS WERE BASED ON TREES UPROOTED WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 2243. THE SURVEY WAS PROMPTED BY A DISTINCT TDS FROM THE FT RUCKER WSR-88D.

Tornado #6: Pike County
EF-1

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 2.81 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 300 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0
START DATE: 04/14/2019
START TIME: 07:10 AM
START LOCATION: 2 WSW TROY / PIKE COUNTY / AL
END DATE: 04/14/2019
END TIME: 07:16 AM CDT
END LOCATION: 1 NE TROY / PIKE COUNTY / AL

Damage in Troy. Source: WSFA, Amanda Curran

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY ALONG HUNTERS MOUNTAIN PARKWAY, WHERE SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. AROUND ONE DOZEN MOBILE HOMES WERE MOVED OFF THEIR FOUNDATIONS, WHILE SEVERAL WERE OBSERVED TO HAVE ROLLED MULTIPLE TIMES. SEVERAL OF THESE HOMES WERE OCCUPIED, BUT ONLY MINOR INJURIES WERE TREATED ON SCENE. TWO CARS WERE ALSO ROLLED IN THE AREA OF GREATEST DAMAGE. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST CROSSING HIGHWAY 231, WHERE POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED AND SEVERAL BUSINESSES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. IT THEN MOVED JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN TROY, WHERE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND LARGE BRANCHES WERE BROKEN. THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 29 WHERE ADDITIONAL BUSINESSES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE, INCLUDING AN AWNING AND SEVERAL ROOFS. SEVERAL HOMES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE ALONG WITH NEARBY UPROOTED TREES. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED FURTHER NORTHEAST AND LIFTED NEAR GIBBS STREET JUST SW OF TROY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

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