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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
359 PM CDT MON OCT 1 2012

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/01/12 TORNADO EVENT...

...EARLY MORNING TORNADO CONFIRMED IN COOSA COUNTY...

.OVERVIEW...A WARM FRONT LIFTING NORTHWARD AHEAD OF A SURFACE 
TRACKING FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TO NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA PROVIDED 
SUFFICIENT LIFT AND SHEAR FOR AN ISOLATED BRIEF TORNADO TO FORM
ALONG THE WARM FRONT IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.

.PENTONVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             OCT 01 2012 
START TIME:             447 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         0.9 MI SW OF PENTONVILLE
START LAT/LON:          32.8089 -86.2405 

END DATE:               OCT 01 2012
END TIME:               449 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           0.5 MI W OF PENTONVILLE
END_LAT/LON:            32.8157 -86.2367 

SURVEY_SUMMARY:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED STORM DAMAGE
REPORTS IN ELMORE AND COOSA COUNTIES AND DETERMINED THAT AN EF-0
TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE IN COOSA COUNTY. THE DAMAGE IN ELMORE COUNTY
WAS MINIMAL AND SPARSE...MAINLY IN THE FORM OF FALLEN ROTTED
TREES. IN COOSA COUNTY...THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST
EAST OF COUNTY ROAD (CR) 45 SOUTH OF SHADY GROVE CHURCH IN A THIN
STAND OF TREES BETWEEN THE ROAD AND A PASTURE. IT PROCEEDED TO THE
NORTH-NORTHEAST AT ABOUT 30 MPH...UPROOTING TREES IN A CONVERGENT
PATTERN IN THE VICINITY OF SHADY GROVE CEMETERY. IT UPROOTED 3
LARGE PINES AS IT CROSSED CR 14...THEN DAMAGING A SMALL BARN AND
OUT BUILDINGS DUE TO UPROOTED OAK TREES BEFORE MOVING INTO A
HEAVILY WOODED AREA. LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED
SPORADICALLY ALONG THE PATH...WITH ONE AREA OF CONCENTRATED DAMAGE
DEEP IN THE WOODS. THE TORNADO THEN WEAKENED RAPIDLY AND
DISSIPATED OVER WOODED LAND BEFORE THE THUNDERSTORM CROSSED CR 8.

SPECIAL THANKS TO MR. RICK CARDWELL FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN
CONDUCTING THIS DAMAGE SURVEY.

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...OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT 
1-800-856-0758.

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

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