Saturday, March 4, 2023

F-1 Tornado Track Found in Marion County from Thursday


 

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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

228 PM CST Sat Mar 4 2023


...NWS Damage Survey for 03/01/2023 Tornado Event...


A stalled frontal boundary produced a series of strong to severe

thunderstorms within a modestly unstable and sufficiently sheared 

environment across the Tennessee Valley and northern portions of 

Mississippi and Alabama on the night of Wednesday March 1st, 2023. 

One such storm intensified and rapidly produced a tornado which 

affected the Shottsville community in Marion County.


.Shottsville Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph

Path Length /statute/:  10.10 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   500 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             03/01/2023

Start Time:             09:54 PM CST

Start Location:         Shottsville / Marion County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.2608 / -88.1254


End Date:               03/01/2023

End Time:               10:07 PM CST

End Location:           2 SW Pigeye / Marion County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.2841 / -87.9513


Survey Summary:

Storm damage was surveyed east of Shottsville and determined to be

consistent with an EF1 tornado with 90 mph peak winds. The 

tornado began near the Shottsville Community Church along County 

Road 56 where it produced minor damage to the exterior of the 

church building. From there, the tornado continued east northeast 

before reaching Reid Road where a higher degree of damage was 

first noted. There were multiple uprooted softwood trees in a 

broad area stretching from Reid Road to AL-19. There was also a 

home on Reid Road which sustained damage to its metal roof, and a 

large tree fell on top of a barn in the backyard. While the degree

of surrounding tree damage was noteworthy, several homes within 

the path on AL-19 were undamaged. The tornado continued east-

northeast uprooting several softwood trees along Triplett Rd and 

producing a more concentrated area of uprooted and snapped 

softwood trees along County Road 317 which prompted the EF1 

rating. The tornado eventually reached Nichols Cemetery Road where it

appeared to be weakening as the damage mostly consisted of broken

large branches. However, upon reaching County Road 178 the 

tornado uprooted multiple softwood trees before lifting shortly 

thereafter in a wooded area east of County Road 178.


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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 event and publication in

NWS Storm Data.



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