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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
138 PM CDT WED APR 8 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/03/15 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE #2...

.UPDATE...TO INCLUDE FYFFE EF-0 TORNADO

.DEKALB (FYFFE) TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.93 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 3 2015
START TIME:             815 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         NEAR INTERSECTION OF CR 50/CR 545
START LAT/LON:          34.4609/-86.0164

END DATE:               APR 3 2015
END TIME:               816 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           NEAR INTERSECTION OF CR 50/CR 411
END LAT/LON:            34.4605/-86.0000

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE FYFFE COMMUNITY
JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 545 AND COUNTY ROAD 50.
HERE A FEW SOFTWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD.
THE TORNADO MOVED EAST CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 50 BRIEFLY AND UPROOTING
SOME TREES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 536.

THE TORNADO THEN NEARLY PARALLED COUNTY ROAD 50 DESTROYING A LARGE HAY
BARN JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROAD 528. THE WINDS HERE WERE ESTIMATED AT
AROUND 85 MPH WITH A NARROW PATH WIDTH OF 30 YARDS. THE TORNADO
FINALLY LIFTED WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 539 AFTER DOWNING A FEW MORE
TREES.

*SURVEYED BY: DARDEN

.DEKALB (IDER) TORNADO

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.29 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 3 2015
START TIME:             905 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         ALONG CR 776 JUST EAST OF CR 783
START LAT/LON:          34.7437/-85.6186

END DATE:               APR 3 2015
END TIME:               908 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           ALONG CR 791
END LAT/LON:            34.7454/-85.5783

*SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE IDER COMMUNITY OF
EASTERN DEKALB COUNTY. THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY
ROAD 783. HERE NUMEROUS HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.
A SMALL OUTBUILDING WAS DAMAGED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY
ROAD 776. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD
776 BEFORE INTERSECTING COUNTY ROAD 788.

DAMAGE TO TREES WAS FAIRLY WIDESPREAD IN THIS AREA. SEVERAL HOMES
OR BUILDINGS ALSO RECEIVED MINOR ROOF OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE
TORNADO REACHED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY JUST WEST OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 75.
HERE ONE HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE WITH THE MAJORITY
OF THE ROOF REMOVED. AN ANCHORED OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED
HERE AND SEVERAL OTHER HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE.

ALSO, A POWER POLE WAS SNAPPED OFF AND MANY LARGE HARDWOOD TREES
WERE SNAPPED ABOUT 20 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED
TO REACH ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF 105 MPH HERE WITH A WIDTH OF 75 YARDS.
INTERVIEWS WITH THE RESIDENTS OF THE HOME INDICATE THEY WERE WATCHING
LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE STORMS, SAW THE WEATHER WARNINGS AND TOOK
COVER IN A SHARED STORM SHELTER BEFORE THE TORNADO HIT.

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED ALABAMA HIGHWAY 75 SNAPPING AND UPROOTING
TREES ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. THE TORNADO BEGAN TO WEAKEN AS IT
MOVED EAST SOUTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 372. VERY MINOR ROOF DAMAGE
WAS NOTED TO A HOME AND A FEW TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO THEN
DISSIPATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD 791 IN THE CARTERSVILLE
COMMUNITY AFTER UPROOTING A FEW TREES ON THE EASTERN SLOPES OF SAND
MOUNTAIN.

*SURVEYED BY: DEKALB EMA/TROUTMAN/DARDEN/RAVENSCRAFT

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

.HARVEST ROAD THUNDERSTORM WIND...

PEAK WIND /EST/:        80-90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.35 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR 3 2015
START TIME:             755 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 E HARVEST AL
START LAT/LON:          34.9582/-86.7272

END DATE:               APR 3 2015
END TIME:               758 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 E HARVEST AL
END LAT/LON:            34.8596/-86.7212

SURVEY SUMMARY: A SMALL...CONCENTRATED POCKET OF WIND DAMAGE
OCCURRED MOSTLY SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 53
AND HARVEST ROAD. THE DAMAGE BEGAN JUST EAST OF LA NEWBY ROAD...
WHERE SEVERAL TREES IN A NORTH-SOUTH RUNNING LINE WERE UPROOTED IN A
WEST-TO-EAST DIRECTION. EVEN MORE PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED... AND
SOME SNAPPED...IN ANOTHER STAND OF TREES JUST TO THE EAST. NEARLY ALL
OF THESE FACED WEST-TO-EAST...WITH SOME NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST AT
THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE LINE...AND A FEW EVEN NORTH-TO-SOUTH BEHIND
THE NEARBY HOUSE.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG HIGHWAY 53. HERE ROOFING
WAS TORN OFF A BARBER SHOP...A BILLBOARD WAS DAMAGED...THE
UNDERPINNINGS OF A NEARBY MOBILE HOME WERE PUSHED IN...AND MORE TREES
WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. MINOR ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED ACROSS
HIGHWAY 53...ALONG HARVEST ROAD WHERE IT APPEARED SOME TREES HAD
SNAPPED AND FALLEN BEFORE BEING CLEANED UP...AND SOUTH ALONG HIGHWAY
53 WHERE ANOTHER TREE HAD BEEN UPROOTED.

BASED ON INITIAL EVALUATION...THE DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE DIVERGENT IN
NATURE...AND RADAR DATA SUGGESTS THAT IT OCCURRED IN THE DOWNDRAFT
REGION OF A SUPERCELL EMBEDDED WITHIN THE LINE. AT THIS TIME IT IS
DETERMINED TO BE STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. HOWEVER THIS IS SUBJECT
TO FURTHER EVALUATION.

SURVEYED BY: CARCIONE/NASH


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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