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Issued by NWS Birmingham, AL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
325 PM CDT MON APR 20 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 19TH 2015 TORNADO EVENT...

...UPDATED FOR CHEROKEE COUNTY SURVEY RESULTS...

.OVERVIEW...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA EARLY SUNDAY
MORNING. DAMAGE REPORTS WERE RECEIVED FROM RUSSELL...CHEROKEE...
AND CALHOUN COUNTIES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS REPORTED IN
RUSSELL COUNTY. THREE TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ACROSS RUSSELL
AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES. STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS ALSO SURVEYED
IN CALHOUN COUNTY AT PLEASANT VALLEY ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS.

SURVEY SUMMARY:

.LEESBURG TORNADO (CHEROKEE COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START TIME:             8:38 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 MILE WEST NORTHWEST OF LEESBURG
START LAT/LON:          34.1830/ -85.7777

END TIME:               8:43 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3.3 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF LEESBURG
END_LAT/LON:            34.2235/ -85.7404

SURVEY SUMMARY: AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EXTREME
NORTHWESTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY...JUST NORTHWEST OF THE CITY OF
LEESBURG. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG KEENER DR...WEST OF
STATE ROAD 68 UPROOTING AND SNAPPING MULTIPLE HARD AND SOFTWOOD
TREES. ONE OF THE LARGER HARDWOOD TREES UNFORTUNATELY FELL INTO A
RESIDENCE CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO BOTH THE HOME AND VEHICLE.
JUST FURTHER DOWNSTREAM...A BARN WAS ALSO DESTROYED BY AN UPROOTED
TREE ALONG BRISTOW GAP RD. THE TORNADO WAS ALSO AT ITS WIDEST
POINT HERE OF APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTH-NORTHEAST CROSSING STATE ROAD 68 CAUSING DAMAGE TO
ADDITIONAL TREES. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
COUNTY ROAD 166 AND 670...BUT NOT BEFORE CAUSING SOME MINOR PORCH
AND SIDING DAMAGE TO ANOTHER RESIDENCE.

.PERRY`S WELL ROAD TORNADO (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  .45 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   188 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START TIME:             8:43 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         3 MILES WEST OF GLENVILLE
START LAT/LON:          32.1307/ -85.2295

END TIME:               8:45 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF GLENVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            32.1363/ -85.2258

SURVEY SUMMARY:  A DEBRIS SIGNATURE FROM THE MAXWELL DOPPLER RADAR
PROMPTED A STORM SURVEY IN THIS VERY RURAL PORTION OF RUSSELL
COUNTY. THE MAJORITY OF THE DEBRIS SIGNATURE WAS OVER INACCESSIBLE
AND WATERLOGGED LAND. THE TORNADO DID SNAP AND UPROOT NUMEROUS
TREES AS IT CROSSED PERRY`S WELL ROAD AND IN THE SURROUNDING
FOREST. THE PATH LENGTH IS APPROXIMATE DUE TO LACK OF ROADS AND
INACCESSIBILITY...AND MAY BE LONGER IF THE AREA COULD BE SURVEYED
AT GROUND LEVEL.

.OSWICHEE ROAD TORNADO (RUSSELL COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   425 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START TIME:             9:17 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF OSWICHEE
START LAT/LON:          32.2689/ -85.0041

END TIME:               9:26 AM CDT
END LOCATION:  CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER (CONTINUED INTO GEORGIA)
END_LAT/LON: 32.3026/ -84.9419

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD
18 JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 165. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 165...AND CAUSED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO SEVERAL
BUSINESSES IN THE DROP ZONE MARKET...REMOVING THE ROOF OFF A METAL
BUILDING AS WELL AS TOSSING SEVERAL ROOFTOP AIR CONDITIONING
UNITS. A LARGE HARDWOOD TREE WAS UPROOTED IN THIS SAME LOCATION.
AS IT CONTINUED NORTHEAST...IT CROSSED TWO SUBDIVISIONS...CAUSING
MAINLY ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS HOUSES IN THE
SUBDIVISIONS. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO THE ALABAMA PORTION OF FORT
BENNING...MAINLY OVER FORESTED AREAS OF THE INSTALLATION BEFORE
REACHING THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER.

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...GREATER THAN 200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO
HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES...PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICE. YOU CAN ALSO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER BY USING
#BMXWX ON TWITTER.

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