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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
1048 PM CDT Sat Mar 16 2019

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/14/2019 TORNADO EVENT...

...14 TORNADO LOCATIONS SURVEYED...

.OVERVIEW...

Multiple tornadic supercell thunderstorms affected Central Alabama
during the afternoon and evening hours of Thursday, March 14th. 
Large hail and straight-line wind damage occurred, along with
several tornadoes as conditions became more favorable later in the 
event. Two of the supercells are believed to have produced multiple 
tornadoes across south-central portions of Central Alabama. Four or 
more individual tornadoes may have been produced by two of the 
supercells alone. 

NOTE: The information below is very preliminary and will be updated 
as the survey crews provide more specific information. Additionally,
more information continues coming in which may alter the specifics
of each damage path.

.TORNADO #1 County Road 1 Tornado (Blount County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    65 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.60 miles 
Path Width (Maximum):   115 yards 
Fatalities:             0 
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             504 pm CDT
Start Location:         2 NW Allgood
Start Lat/Lon:          33.9256 / -86.5439

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               509 pm CDT
End Location:           2 W Oneonta
End Lat/Lon:            33.9478 / -86.5077 

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down along and parallel to Tim King Road with
mainly damage to soft and hardwood trees. Some trees were uprooted as
it moved northeast crossing County Road 1. The tornado continued 
northeast entering into Sand Valley. Many locations through the 
valley were inaccessible due to the terrain. The tornado moved into 
slightly higher ground as it began to lift along Sawyer Mountain Road
damaging several additional trees and a porch structure on a well- 
built single family home. The tornado damage path was 2.6 miles long 
and 115 yards wide at its widest point. Special thanks to the Blount 
County EMA for their assistance in the survey.

.TORNADO #2 Allgood Tornado (Blount County)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.30 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   600 yards 
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             507 pm CDT
Start Location:         2.2 SW Allgood
Start Lat/Lon:          33.8921 / -86.5409

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               512 pm CDT
End Location:           2.2 E Allgood
End Lat/Lon:            33.9179 / -86.4724

Survey Summary: 
The tornado touched down near Tidwell Hollow Rd where several soft
and hardwood trees were damaged and uprooted. The tornado then moved
northeast along Tidwell Hollow Rd crossing Lake Drive. It then
crossed over a mobile home park where additional trees were uprooted
and numerous mobile homes were severely damaged or destroyed from
falling trees. It is noteworthy that nearly all of the mobile homes
and several vehicles damaged were due to uprooted trees and not
direct wind damage. The tornado continued northeast along Highway 75, 
where an outdoor building was completely destroyed. The tornado then 
crossed Boat Landing Road where numerous soft and hardwood trees were
snapped or uprooted. This is the approximate location of the 
greatest intensity and widest point. The tornado then continued east 
along Springville Blvd., where additional trees were uprooted and 
several single family homes sustained minor roof damage. A destroyed 
barn was also observed near Old Brook Ln. The tornado began to lift 
near Woodard Drive where additional trees were uprooted. The tornado 
damage path was 4.3 miles long and 600 yards wide at its widest 
point. Special thanks to the Blount County EMA for their assistance 
in the survey.

.TORNADO #3  Oswall Creek Tornado (Tuscaloosa County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 	60 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	0.10 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	25 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time: 			525 pm CDT 
Start Location: 		5 S Bankhead Lock and Dam 
Lat/Lon: 				33.3733 / -87.3468

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:				525 pm CDT 
End Location: 			5 S Bankhead Lock and Dam
End Lat/Lon: 			32.3733 / -87.3468

Survey Summary:
The survey team was unable to access the area where the tornado 
began. Based on RADAR velocity, reflectivity, and dual-pol data, the
tornado is estimated to have started in a forested area about one-
third of a mile southwest of Humphreys Drive. This point is located 
west of County Road 59/Lock 17 Road and east of the Black Warrior 
River, due north of the Brookwood community. This tornado is 
confirmed via lofted debris seen on weather RADAR, co-located with a
small velocity couplet. Based on RADAR data and a look at locations 
downstream of the estimated start point, this tornado was very 
brief, surely less than a minute.

TORNADO #4 Friendship Tornado (St. Clair County)...

Rating: 				EF-1 
Estimated Peak Wind: 	90 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	4.40 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	530 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             555 pm CDT
Start Location:         3 SE St. Clair Springs
Start Lat/Lon:          33.7278 / -86.3617

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               602 pm CDT
End Location:           4 N Wattsville
End Lat/Lon:            33.7321 / -86.2875 

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down just west of St. Clair Road, just west of US 
Highway 411. This location is about 6 miles south of the intersection 
of US Highway 231 and US Highway 431. The damage path was fairly wide 
and damaged some chicken houses and caused tree damage at its onset.
The tornado traveled northeast and produced widespread damage around 
Friendship Lane and Friendship Mountain Road. Hundreds of trees were
snapped off and were uprooted, a few homes suffered rood damage and 
other damage from fallen trees. Several outbuildings were destroyed 
and several roads were blocked by downed trees. The tornado moved 
east northeast over the mountain and produced widespread damage along
County Road 22. Hundreds of trees were downed, a few structures were 
damaged from fallen trees, and outbuildings were damaged. The tornado 
continued east southeast and lifted near US Highway 231. The tornado
damage path was 4.40 miles long and 530 yards wide at its widest point. 

.TORNADO #5 Heiberger Area Tornado (Perry County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 	70 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	3.8 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	100 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time: 			619 pm CDT 
Start Location: 		3 ENE Morgan Springs 
Lat/Lon: 				32.7638 / -87.3640

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:				626 pm CDT 
End Location: 			1 WNW Heiberger
End Lat/Lon: 			32.7620 / -87.2989

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down in rural northwest Perry County along
Willie Martin Road. This location is about 5 miles northwest of 
Heiberger, west of AL Highway 5. The tornado moved almost due east 
and crossed Burlia Curb Road, and Jack Green Road. The tornado 
lifted near the intersection of Alvin Carter Road and Ironville
Road, about a mile west of Heiberger. The tornado damage was limited
to trees in this rural area. Numerous trees were snapped off and
uprooted and a few trees blocked roadways. The tornado damage path 
was 3.8 miles long and was 100 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #6 Pinetucky Tornado (Perry & Chilton Counties)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 	90 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	9.55 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	300 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time: 			637 pm CDT 
Start Location: 		3 ESE Ellards
Lat/Lon: 				32.7966 / -87.1707

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:				657 pm CDT 
End Location: 			3 NE Oakmulgee
End Lat/Lon: 			32.8317 / -87.0137

Survey Summary:
The same supercell that produced the tornado near Heiberger dropped
another tornado in northeast Perry County and northwest Chilton
County. The tornado touched down west of AL Highway 219 near the 
intersection of Fire Tower Road and Sherman Huey Road. This location 
is about 10 miles south southwest of Centreville. Several trees were 
snapped off and many trees had broken branches. The tornado tracked 
northeast and crossed AL Highway 219 at Pinetucky Road, Star Circle, 
Apple Lane, and Sunday Drive. This is where the most concentrated 
damage occurred. Numerous trees were snapped off and were uprooted 
and some power poles were downed. Several outbuildings were damaged 
here mainly due to fallen trees. The tornado continued east northeast
and crossed Foster Road, Whitetail Road, Buck Road, and Mill Creek 
Road and then crossed into Chilton County. Hundreds of trees were 
either snapped off, were uprooted, or lost plenty of branches. The 
tornado lifted near Holingsback Road in far northwestern Chilton 
County. The tornado damage path was 9.55 miles long and was 300 yards
wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #7 Highway 25 Tornado (Marengo County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.84 miles 
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards 
Fatalities:             0 
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             639 pm CDT
Start Location:         4 NNE Dayton
Start Lat/Lon:          32.3972 / -87.6067

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               649 pm CDT
End Location:           2 SW Uniontown
End Lat/Lon:            32.4235 / -87.5307

Survey Summary:
This tornado produced sporadic damage along its path. The tornado touched 
down near the intersection of AL Highway 25 and County Road 59, northeast
of Dayton. Several trees were snapped off and a few homes suffered minor damage.
The tornado moved northeast and only caused sporadic tree damage along County 
Road 12 and Barry Brackin Road. The tornado lifted just north of County Road 53, 
just before the Perry County line. A home suffered minor damage and there was 
some minor tree damage near the end point. The tornado damage path was 4.84 
miles long and 150 yards wide at its widest point. 

.TORNADO #8 Southern Perry Tornado (Perry & Dallas Counties)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 	75 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	3.2 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	400 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time: 			727 pm CDT 
Start Location: 		4 NNW Central Mills 
Lat/Lon: 				32.3446 / -87.4709

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:				733 pm CDT 
End Location: 			5 NNE Central Mills
End Lat/Lon: 			32.3550 / -87.4187

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down just west of Central Mills Road (County Road
1) in far southern Perry County. This located is about 7 miles south
southeast of Uniontown. The tornado tracked eastward and crossed
County Road 1 and White Hill Road. Several trees were snapped off and
many tree tops were removed. One home had a large section of its roof
removed, but it appears that the wind got under the porch overhang,
and lifted metal paneling and roof. The tornado then took a slight
left turn and crossed Rev RL Flowers Road and into Dallas County. The
tornado ended shortly thereafter. The tornado lifted about 5 miles
northwest of Safford. The tornado damage was mainly limited to all 
tree damage and was mainly in very rural areas. The tornado damage 
path was 3.2 miles long and was 400 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #9 Chilton/Coosa Lay Lake Tornado (Chilton & Coosa
Counties)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length (Statute):  12.0 miles 
Path Width (Maximum):   350 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time:             739 pm CDT
Start Location:         1 NNW Gap of the Mountain
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9276 / -86.6157 

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               806 pm CDT
End Location:           3 SSE Marble Valley
End Lat/Lon:            33.0022 / -86.4328 

Survey Summary: 
The tornado began just east of Interstate 65 near Alabama Highway 
145 where there was minor tree damage and roofing/wall damage to a 
site-built home. As the tornado continued eastward, the density of 
damage increased. Several pine trees were snapped and uprooted, 
along with sheet metal peeling of manufactured homes and 
barns/outbuildings near County Road 249. A mixture of tree damage 
and EF-0 caliber structural damage was observed all the way to the 
Lay Lake crossing along and adjacent to Coosa County Road 55. The 
tornado crossed the lake, with additional tree damage along Little 
Tom Road/Coosa County Road 125. Due to sub-par road conditions and 
gated roadways, the team was not able to follow any further damage 
into the heavily forested area. Based on an increasingly broad meso 
on RADAR and dissipating TDS, this path was terminated within the 
forested area east and northeast of Little Tom Road. However, this
storm cycled and went on to produce 3 additional EF-0 tornadoes. 
The tornado damage path was 12.0 miles long and was 350 yards wide 
at its widest point.

.TORNADO #10 County Road 56 Tornado (Coosa County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.62 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   40 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             821 pm CDT
Start Location:         2 E Weogufka
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0221 / -86.2749 

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               823 pm CDT
End Location:           3 ENE Weogufka
End Lat/Lon:            33.0242 / -86.2650
 
Survey Summary:
The same storm that produced the EF-0 tornado either side of Lay 
Lake went on to spawn a brief tornado of EF-0 intensity along Coosa 
Road 56. The only damage observed consisted of snapped and uprooted 
trees. The short damage path was 0.62 miles long and was 40 yards 
wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #11 County Road 15 Tornado (Autauga County)...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 	100 mph 
Path Length (Statute): 	7.1 miles 
Path Width (Maximum): 	50 yards 
Fatalities: 			0 
Injuries: 				0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019 
Start Time: 			844 pm CDT 
Start Location: 		4 S Dawson Mill Start 
Lat/Lon: 				32.5282 / -86.7880

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:				855 pm CDT 
End Location: 			1 SSW Vida Junction 
End Lat/Lon: 			32.5665 / -86.6841 

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down just west of County Road 15, near the
intersection of County Road 45. This location is about 10 miles
northwest of Autaugaville. A few homes suffered minor roof
damage and several trees were uprooted or were snapped off. The
tornado moved northeast along County Road 15 and damaged numerous 
trees. The tornado turned eastward and crossed County Road 38, 
County Road 40, County Road 79, and County Road 137. Trees were 
downed along the way. The tornado weakened and narrowed east of
County Road 137 and then lifted before it crossed US Highway 82.
The end location is about 8 miles northwest of Booth. Much of the
damage was confined to trees along the path. The tornado damage 
path was 7.1 miles long and was 50 yards wide at its widest point.
Some path adjustments may be made after some drone footage is
reviewed. Special thanks to the Autauga County EMA for their 
assistance in the survey.

.TORNADO #12 Goodwater Tornado (Coosa County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.06 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             846 pm CDT
Start Location:         2 ESE Parkdale
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0809 / -86.0821 

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               851 pm CDT
End Location:           2 N Goodwater
End Lat/Lon:            33.0854 / -86.0486
 
Survey Summary:
From the same cyclic supercell that produced 2 earlier EF-0 
tornadoes near Lay Lake and County Road 56, a third EF-0 tornado 
occurred in far northeast Coosa County on the north side of 
Goodwater. Damage (fairly spotty) was limited to snapped and 
uprooted trees, aside from some minor peeling of metal roof
covering. The tornado damage path was 2.06 miles long and was 
150 yards wide at its widest point.

.TORNADO #13 Kim's Corner Tornado (Elmore County)...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length (Statute):  8.5 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   650 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             932 pm CDT
Start Location:         1 WNW Holtville
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6413 / -86.3385 

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               948 pm CDT
End Location:           3 NE Ten Cedar Estates
End Lat/Lon:            32.6899 / -86.2044 

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down near Shoal Creek Drive on the western
shores of Jordan Lake. The initial damage was rather weak and
confined to tree damage. But the tornado intensified quickly as
it moved across Blackberry Road. Many homes suffered minor roof 
damage and numerous trees were snapped off and were uprooted. 
Several landed on homes. The tornado then crossed Jordan Lake and
caused extensive damage on Red Bone Drive, Speigner Road, Shady 
Lane Road, Jones Corner Road, Montana Drive and Dakota Drive. 
Hundreds of trees were downed, many power poles were downed and
several homes suffered roof damage. The tornado continued 
northeastward and crossed Thornton Road. This is where the 
strongest damage occurred. Several homes lost entire roofs
and a few walls in this location. The continued northeast and
crossed US Highway 231 and then produced damaged down Laurel Creek
Road. One service station sustained extensive damage and numerous 
trees and power lines were downed in this area. The tornado 
paralleled Laurel Creek Road and knocked trees down until lifting
just before Antioch Road. Over the entire path, at least 35 power 
poles were snapped and downed, at least 50 structures suffered 
damage, 2 convenience stores were damaged, a few homes had roofs 
removed and walls collapsed, and one car was moved over 30 yards.
The tornado damage path was 8.5 miles long and was 650 yards wide
at its widest point. Some path adjustments may be made after some
drone footage is reviewed. Special thanks to the Elmore County EMA 
for their assistance in the survey.

.TORNADO #14 Wedowee Tornado (Randolph County)...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.33 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   75 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 14 2019  
Start Time:             957 pm CDT
Start Location:         1 SSW Wedowee
Start Lat/Lon:          33.2979 / -85.4907 

End Date:               Mar 14 2019 
End Time:               1006 pm CDT
End Location:           3 SSW Woodland
End Lat/Lon:            33.3342 / -85.4290
 
Survey Summary:
The same supercell that produced 3 previous EF-0 tornadoes in Chilton
and Coosa Counties, produced a fourth EF-0 tornado in the Wedowee 
area. Damage was very spotty/isolated, suggestive of a fairly weak 
circulation from a pasture area just off County Road 15 and Main 
Street South, northeast to the Highway 48 and County Road 56 
intersection area. A barn/outbuilding was destroyed along with 
roofing damage done to the corner of one of five chicken houses, with
no tree damage nearby. This further points toward a weak circulation
that as only able to damage vulnerable structures with wind 
entry/uplift points. The tornado damage path was 4.33 miles long and 
was 75 yards wide at its widest point. 

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. 

75/LINHARES
89/SATTERWHITE

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