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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
416 PM CST Tue Jan 3 2017

...NWS Damage Survey For the 01/02/17 Gulf Shores Alabama Thunderstorm
Wind Event... 

.OVERVIEW...The National Weather Service in Mobile conducted a survey
of the damage in Gulf Shores produced by a severe thunderstorm on
the afternoon of January 2nd, 2017. The survey focused on the area
of greatest damage south of Fort Morgan Road along the Highway 59
corridor south to Highway 182. Below is detailed information 
regarding the area surveyed. 

.Gulf Shores Thunderstorm Wind Event...

Peak Wind:              70-80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1 mile
Path Width /maximum/:   650 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             January 2nd, 2017
Start Time:             2:47 pm CST
Start Location:         Near intersection of Hwy 59 & Hwy 182

End Date:               January 2nd, 2017
End Time:               2:48 pm CST
End Location:           Just East of Hwy 59 & South of Hwy 180

Survey summary: A severe thunderstorm moved across Gulf Shores and
produced a corridor of significant wind damage from near the
intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 182 north and east to just 
east of Highway 59 and south of Fort Morgan road (Highway 180). 
All damage surveyed was blown from a southwest to northeast direction,
indicative of straight line wind damage. The corridor of greatest damage 
occurred around 300 to 350 yards on either side of Highway 59. Numerous
trees were uprooted and had significant large branches broken off. A few 
homes were damaged by the fallen trees along West 12th and 13th Avenues 
and a few homes suffered shingle damage. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 
experienced significant tree damage and damage to fencing and animal 
enclosures. Fortunately, all of the animals survived. Roofing material
was blown off of a few commercial buildings near the zoo and also south 
close to Highway 182. Outside of this main corridor of damage, sporadic
straight line wind damage was observed and reported across Gulf Shores,
Bon Secour, and Orange Beach. There was one minor injury when a sunroom 
collapsed onto an elderly woman. She was quickly rescued and suffered
minor cuts and bruises.  

The National Weather Service in Mobile would like to thank the Baldwin
County Emergency Management Agency, the City of Gulf Shores, and the
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for their assistance today. 

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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