Sunday, April 2, 2023

Couple More Tornado Surveys From Friday Night/Saturday Morning


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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

613 PM CDT Sun Apr 2 2023

...NWS Damage Survey for 3/31/23 - 4/1/23 Tornado Event 

Update #2...

.Update...An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Marion and Winston


.Overview...Severe thunderstorms from late on March 31 to early on

April 1 resulted in damage in the northern part of Central

Alabama. This particular event affected several states and

produced several strong tornadoes.

.Tornado #1 Marion/Winston Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph

Path Length /statute/:  17.05 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   675 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               1

Start Date:             04/01/2023

Start Time:             02:32 AM CDT

Start Location:         3 SSW Hackleburg / Marion County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.2379 / -87.851

End Date:               04/01/2023

End Time:               02:52 AM CDT

End Location:           1 SSW Pebble / Winston County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.2658 / -87.5563

Survey Summary:

NWS personnel have surveyed the damage in Marion and Winston

Counties and determined that the damage was caused by an EF1

tornado with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph. The tornado began on

Marion County Road 348 west of AL Highway 253 south of 

Hackleburg, where minor tree damage was noted. The tornado rapidly

increased and caused significant damage as it crossed AL Hwy 253,

uprooting several trees and causing superficial damage to a home 

on the edge of the track. The tornado continued east- 

northeastward along Union Hill Road, crossing the twisting road 

twice before the intersection with Chalk Mine Road. Damage in this

segment of the path consisted solely of pockets of tree damage 

which varied in intensity but was easily identified as tornado 

damage. As the tornado paralleled Chalk Mine Road, it produced 

more widespread tree damage, and destroyed a manufactured home 

that was exposed on a knob of a hill. The damage to trees 

surrounding the manufactured home was minimal, which contributed 

to a below expected value or 100 mph assigned to the flipping and 

tossing of the home. The tornado continued across the Fairview 

community causing significant tree damage just east of County Road

12, with a grove of pine trees all being sheared off about 20 

feet above ground level. The tornado then continued over 

inaccessible areas south of County Road 6 as it headed towards the

Lumbull community, crossing Alabama Highway 241 just south of 

Lumbull. As it approached Bear Creek, it continued to cause sparse

but notable tree damage. The most significant damage along the 

entire path occurred along Alabama Highway 13 south of Bear Creek,

where a large metal building structure received significant 

damage to the windward side of the building. Winds in this area 

approached 110 mph, bringing this tornado to a high end EF-1 

tornado. The tornado then crossed AL Hwy 13, where an individual 

received major injuries as the manufactured home being occupied 

was flipped upside-down. The tornado continued eastward, crossing 

Old Union Road, then paralleling County Line Church Road until the

tornado passed into Winston County, snapping and uprooting trees 

in a continuous but sparse pattern. A few homes and outbuildings 

were affected either by minor wind damage or trees falling on 

them. The tornado weakened somewhat as it crossed the county line,

and the damage path widened. As it approached the vicinity of 

Posey Field, the tornado seemed to intensify locally, uprooting 

several trees in a residential neighborhood. The tornado crossed 

Airport Road, damaging trees and a detached garage at a residence.

The tornado continued eastward through the Center community, with

damage decreasing and becoming more sporadic before eventually 

dissipating just north of County Road 68 just west of Alabama 

Highway 195

.Tornado #2 Sardis City Tornado...

Rating:                 EF0

Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph

Path Length /statute/:  3.10 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   250 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               2

Start Date:             04/01/2023

Start Time:             04:51 AM CDT

Start Location:         1 SSE Boaz / Etowah County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.1805 / -86.1494

End Date:               04/01/2023

End Time:               04:55 AM CDT

End Location:           2 ENE Sardis City / Etowah County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.1829 / -86.0957

Survey Summary:

A damage survey conducted in the Sardis City area of northern

Etowah County revealed an EF0 tornado that occurred on the morning

of April 1. The damage path began with an uprooted tree along

Coosa Road before moving across Highway 431, where a shop had

large doors blown out and a church had the roof partially removed.

At Morningview Drive and Hood Drive, several homes had significant

roof damage and numerous trees were uprooted. A shed was blown

several yards and destroyed, a fence was blown down, and one home

had failure of the west facing garage door which caused the roof

to be removed and walls to collapse. More trees were downed in a

wooded area before the tornado moved along Patterson Street. Here,

one home sustained roof damage, a silo was damaged, a metal shed

had significant damage to the southeast corner, and a tree fell

through another home's backyard privacy fence. Many hundred-year-

old trees were uprooted around both homes. Another home was 

damaged by a falling tree at the corner of Patterson and Church 

Road. More trees were downed across Parkway Drive and Alexander 

Drive. Two pine trees fell through two mobile homes on Alexander 

Drive. Two people were injured in one of the mobile homes. A few 

more pine trees were uprooted, with smaller limbs snapped off as 

well, across Kristie Lane and Oak Drive. At Horton Circle, 

numerous trees were uprooted, and a house sustained minor shingle 

damage. The damage path ended after crossing Broadwell Road near 

the Sardis Drive intersection.


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


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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