Thursday, June 6, 2024

Couple Tornadoes Confirmed From Yesterday's Storms

 Turns out not all the damage yesterday was from straight-line thunderstorm winds. We also have a couple tornadoes, one of which crossed the state line near Bexar in Itawamba County (MS) and Marion County (AL). The other one was the storm that did some structural damage in Winfield in Fayette County. I remember seeing a picture of some windows and a glass door blown out. Both were rated F-1. Which is the most common tornado rating. We don't see many tornadoes once we get into June, but every now and then, we get these exceptions to the rule. Basically we already had a soupy enough airmass to support some strong summer-type storms that could reach severe limits, and then we had a cold front working its way into the region. Most cold fronts die out in the summer around here. But this one held together and provided the wind shear and lift we needed to support a couple of short-lived tornadoes in addition to the organized damaging thunderstorm winds. Glad to be able to say that neither of these tornadoes produced any injuries. 


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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

504 PM CDT Thu Jun 6 2024

...NWS Damage Survey for 06/05/24 Tornado Event...


During the evening of June 5, a line of severe thunderstorms

entered western Central Alabama from Mississippi, producing areas

of wind damage eastward to Interstate 65. Embedded within the line

were two EF-1 tornadoes. One began in Itawamba County, Mississippi

before dissipating near Bexar in Marion County. The other began in

northern Fayette County before tracking through the western and

northern parts of Winfield.

.Bexar Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph

Path Length /statute/:  3.38 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0

Start Date:             06/05/2024

Start Time:             06:43 PM CDT

Start Location:     4 WSW Bexar / Itawamba County / MS

Start Lat/Lon: 34.1645 / -88.2121

End Date:               06/05/2024

End Time:               06:48 PM CDT

End Location:           2 WNW Bexar / Marion County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.201 / -88.1726

Survey Summary:

The tornado first touched down in eastern Itawamba County,

Mississippi off Pate Rd and traveled northeast across the state

line into Marion County, Alabama. Snapped and uprooted trees

were observed, consistent with an EF1 tornado. The tornado

reached a width of 300 yards as it dissipated along County

Highway 94 near Bexar. Special thanks to NWS Memphis for

completing this survey.

.Winfield Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph

Path Length /statute/:  7.23 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   325 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0

Start Date:             06/05/2024

Start Time:             06:52 PM CDT

Start Location:         2 NNE Wayside / Fayette County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          33.8984 / -87.8774

End Date: 06/05/2024

End Time: 07:01 PM CDT

End Location: 1 W Tucker / Marion County / AL

End Lat/Lon: 33.9716 / -87.7897

Survey Summary:

An EF1 tornado developed on the northern flank of an MCS,

affecting far northern portions of Fayette County and southern

portions of Marion County. The tornado initially touched down

near Coffee Creek then moved northeast where it crossed Coffee

Creek Road and uprooted a few large soft and hardwood trees in

the front yard of a residence. The damage was sporadic as the

tornado moved through Fayette County producing mostly timber

damage as it crossed into Marion County. One home on Atkinson

Road sustained minor damage to the vinyl siding. The tornado

began to intensify as it approached US HWY 43 to the west of

Winfield. Several trees were uprooted and snapped on Pike Road

and Pleasant Drive, and a couple of the homes on these roads

sustained minor shingle damage, although one tree did fall on a

home. As the tornado crossed US HWY 43, it produced minor

cosmetic damage to a few of the stores within the Foodland strip

mall, and some of the glass doors were blown out. The highest

degree of damage was first noted from Silverleaf Road to Rosewood

Street where a large concentration of uprooted and snapped trees

was observed. Fortunately, structural damage was quite limited in

this area despite the amount of tree fall. The tornado continued

northeast across State Highway 253 and County Highway 47 where

the timber damage once again became more sporadic, consisting

mostly of snapped branches and an occasional uprooted softwood.

The tornado lifted in a wooded area shortly after crossing Riley

Harp Road.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:

EF0.....65 to 85 mph

EF1.....86 to 110 mph

EF2.....111 to 135 mph

EF3.....136 to 165 mph

EF4.....166 to 200 mph

EF5.....>200 mph


The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to

change pending final review of the events and publication in

NWS Storm Data.


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