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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1218 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2019

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

...4TH TORNADO ADDED...

.OVERVIEW...
DURING THE PRE DAWN AND EARLY MORNING HOURS SUNDAY, A LOW PRESSURE 
SYSTEM MOVED EAST NORTHEAST FROM SOUTHEAST TEXAS AND ACROSS
LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI. AS THE LOW MOVED INTO ALABAMA, IT PULLED 
A WARM FRONT NORTHWARD INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA. THIS CREATED A VERY 
SHARP MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY GRADIENT BETWEEN THE NORTHWEST HALF 
AND THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE AREA. TEMPERATURES STAYED IN THE 40S 
AND 50S IN THE NORTHWEST HALF OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. SOUTH OF THE WARM 
FRONT, READINGS SHOT UP INTO THE 60S AND 70S. THERE WAS A SHARP 
CONTRAST IN DEW POINTS AS WELL, WITH 40S AND 50S IN THE NORTHWEST TO
MIDDLE TO UPPER 60S IN THE SOUTHEAST. THEREFORE, THE AIR SOUTH OF
THE WARM FRONT BECOME VERY UNSTABLE. ADDITIONALLY, WINDS IN THE
LOWER LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE VEERED WITH HEIGHT ENOUGH TO PRODUCE 
A HIGH SHEAR ENVIRONMENT. THE ENVIRONMENT WAS PRIMED FOR SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING TORNADOES. NUMEROUS SUPERCELL 
THUNDERSTORMS POPPED UP BY AFTERNOON AND LASTED INTO THE EVENING 
HOURS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES DID DEVELOP IN ASSOCIATION WITH 
THIS STORM SYSTEM. THE SEVERE WEATHER AFFECTED LOUISIANA,
MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, AND SOUTH CAROLINA.

.TORNADO #1  BEAUREGARD TO SMITHS STATION TORNADO (MACON & LEE 
COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    170 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  26.73 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   1600 YARDS
FATALITIES:             23
INJURIES:               90

START DATE:             03/03/2019 
START TIME:             2:00 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 NW SOCIETY HILL
START LAT/LON:          32.4472 / -85.4818

END DATE:               03/03/2019
END TIME:               2:29 PM CST
END LOCATION:           3 NE SMITHS STATION
END LAT/LON:            32.5750 / -85.0570

SURVEY SUMMARY: 

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTHWEST OF ROGERS ROAD AND JUST 
NORTHEAST OF U.S. HIGHWAY 80 IN NORTHEAST MACON COUNTY. INITIALLY
SOME SMALL LIMBS WERE BROKEN OFF OF TREES ALONG WITH SOME PINE 
TREES UPROOTED. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST ACROSS CALLOWAY BAKER 
ROAD AND ACROSS GLASSY MILL ROAD WHERE MORE PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED.

THE TORNADO BEGAN TO STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVED FURTHER EAST CROSSING 
MACON COUNTY HIGHWAY 43 AS IT DOWNED ADDITIONAL PINE TREES THEN 
CROSSED THE COUNTY LINE INTO SOUTHWEST LEE COUNTY. THE TORNADO 
CROSSED LEE COUNTY ROAD 29 WHERE THE TORNADO REMOVED THE ROOF AND 
NEARLY COLLAPSED A QUARTER OF THE CINDER BLOCK WALLS OF A CHURCH 
ALONG WITH UPROOTING SEVERAL TREES.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY AS IT MOVED NORTH OF DUE EAST
CROSSING LEE COUNTY ROAD 11 WHERE IT PEELED BACK SHEET METAL OFF
OF THE PORCH OF A HOME AND RIPPED SOME SHEET METAL OFF OF TWO 
OUTDOOR STORAGE SHEDS AND CONTINUED TO UPROOT PINE TREES. DEBRIS
FROM STRUCTURES AND THEIR CONTENTS WERE STREWN ALONG A TREE LINE
TO THE EAST OF THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION AND SOME EVIDENCE OF WEAK
GROUND ROWING WAS OBSERVED ALONG THE SURFACE TORNADO PATH.

THE TORNADO REACHED ITS PEAK INTENSITY JUST SOUTH OF THE 
INTERSECTION OF LEE COUNTY ROAD 36 AND LEE COUNTY ROAD 39 WHERE
IT ROLLED A MANUFACTURED HOME AND EMPTIED ITS CONTENTS NEARBY ON THE
NORTHERN SIDE OF THE TRACK WHILE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TOWARD THE 
SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE TRACK INCLUDED THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF
A HOUSE WITH ALL DEBRIS TOSSED A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE FOUNDATION.
THE TORNADO BENT THE FRAME OF A CAR AROUND THE REMNANT OF A LARGE 
TREE WHOSE UPPER PORTION HAD BROKEN OFF AND TOTALED THREE VEHICLES 
BY SEVERE IMPACTS INTO THE BASES OF TWO REMAINING TREE STUBS. FURTHER
EAST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SMALL LAKE, A WELL-ANCHORED AND 
CONSTRUCTED HOME WAS LEVELED WITH DEBRIS REMOVED FROM THE FOUNDATION
AND ANCHORED BOLT SCREWS REMAINING INTACT. TOWARD THE NORTHERN EDGE
OF THE TORNADO, THE DESTRUCTION OF TWO DOUBLE-WIDE AND A SINGLE-WIDE
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS SURVEYED. THIS WAS THE PEAK INTENSITY OF THE
TORNADO DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF DAMAGE TO THE TWO HOUSES ALONG WITH
EXTENSIVE SEVERE TREE DAMAGE INCLUDING TREES SNAPPED AT THEIR BASES 
AND LARGE TREES WITH EXPANSIVE ROOT SYSTEMS FALLEN ALONG WITH SOME 
SPORADIC EVIDENCE OF GROUND ROWING.

THE TORNADO BEGAN TO DECREASE IN INTENSITY AS IT CONTINUED EAST ROUGHLY
PARALLELING LEE COUNTY ROAD 39 WHERE TWO MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE DESTROYED
WITH MOST DEBRIS DEPOSITED AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL LOCATION AND BOTH OF 
THE METAL FRAMES OF THE MOBILE HOMES COULD NOT BE LOCATED. ANOTHER 
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS DESTROYED WITH ITS CONTENTS DEPOSITED IN A SWATH
FROM THE SITE INTO THE REMAINS OF A NEARBY TREE LINE. A CAR WAS FOUND 
IN AN OVERTURNED POSITION AGAINST A HARDY TREE STRIPPED OF MOST LIMBS 
WITH A MATTRESS FROM A BED WRAPPED AROUND THE MID PORTION OF THE TREE. 
A BADLY MANGLED METAL FRAME OF A MANUFACTURED HOME AND DEBRIS DISPLACED
NEARBY WAS ALL THAT REMAINED OF ONE RESIDENCE. NEARBY A TRACTOR TRAILER 
RIG WAS ON ITS SIDE AND SHOVED AROUND A STURDY TREE WHILE A NEARBY 
SITE-BUILT HOME LOST NEARLY ALL OF ITS EXTERIOR WALLS WITH DEBRIS 
REMAINING ON OR NEAR THE HOME SITE. SEVERE TREE DESTRUCTION CONTINUED 
INTO THIS AREA WITH TREES SNAPPED AT THEIR BASES AND UPROOTED. TO THE 
NORTH OF LEE COUNTY ROAD 39 SIGNIFICANT DEBRIS WERE DEPOSITED IN THE
WOODED AREA WHERE THE TORNADO PERFORMED SIGNIFICANT TIMBER DAMAGE AND
TOPPLED AT LEAST ONE HIGH-TENSION POWER LINE TOWER VISIBLE IN THE 
NEAR DISTANCE.

AFTER DEMOLISHING TWO DOUBLE-WIDE AND A SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME
THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED LEE COUNTY ROAD 51 JUST NORTH 
OF THE INTERSECTION WITH LEE COUNTY ROAD 39 WHERE DOUBLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED
HOME WAS MOVED OFF OF ITS BASE AND THE EXTERIOR WALLS COLLAPSED ON A 
FAMILY RESIDENCE WHILE TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED WITH SNAPS AT THE BASES 
OF TREES. SOME WEAKENING OCCURRED FURTHER EAST AS THE TORNADO CROSSED
LEE COUNTY ROAD 38 WHERE IT DEPOSITED A LARGE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS INTO A 
RAGGED FORESTED AREA. THE TORNADO MOVED SLIGHTLY NORTH OF DUE EAST, 
CROSSING LEE COUNTY ROAD 100 AND LEE COUNTY ROAD 166 WHERE IT CAUSED
DAMAGE TO TREES WITH SOME TRUNKS SNAPPED AND SOME TREES UPROOTED.

TORNADO DAMAGE CONTINUED FURTHER EAST ALONG LEE COUNTY ROAD 165 AND 
ALONG PORTIONS OF LEE COUNTY ROAD 40 AND LEE COUNTY ROAD 2049 WHERE 
IT COLLAPSED EXTERIOR WALLS OF A FAMILY RESIDENCE REMOVED MOST OF THE 
ROOF OF ANOTHER HOUSE AND CAUSED SOME LOSS OF ROOFING MATERIAL FROM A
HOUSE AND A MANUFACTURED HOME THEN THE TORNADO FLIPPED A MANUFACTURED 
HOME AND DEPOSITED ITS CONTENTS NEARBY ALONG WITH DESTROYING THE ROOF 
AND WALLS OF A SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME AND CAUSED CONTINUED TREE
DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO MOVED EAST ACROSS LEE COUNTY ROAD 170 THEN TURNED MORE TO
THE NORTHEAST WHERE IT CROSSED LEE COUNTY ROAD 401 NEAR THE INTERSECTION
WITH LEE COUNTY ROAD 175 AND CONTINUED HOME AND TIMBER DAMAGE ALL THE WAY 
TO LEE COUNTY ROAD 241.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING LEE COUNTY ROAD 245 AND LEE 
COUNTY ROAD 179 WITH DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF A HOUSE ALONG COUNTY ROAD 
239 ALONG WITH CONTINUED TIMBER DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN BEGAN TO TURN
MORE TO THE EAST AS IT APPROACHED PHENIX CITY FROM THE WEST, CROSSING 
LEE COUNTY ROAD 239 AND PORTIONS OF LEE COUNTY ROAD 246 THEN AFFECTING 
PORTIONS OF LEE COUNTY ROADS 289, 292, 290 WITH DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF
A HOUSE AND TIMBER DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO CROSSED NEAR FULLERS LAKE AREA WHERE IT ROLLED A MANUFACTURED
HOME OVER AND CAUSED SOME LOSS OF ROOFING MATERIAL TO A HOUSE. ADDITIONAL 
DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG LEE COUNTY ROAD 294 AND LEE COUNTY ROAD 298 WHERE A
PROFESSIONAL BUILDING LOST SOME OF ITS ROOF MATERIALS AND DAMAGE TO SIDING
AND ROOFING OCCURRED TO SEVERAL SMALL HOMES THAT WERE NOT WELL CONSTRUCTED.
AS THE TORNADO CROSSED U.S. HIGHWAY 280 IT CAUSED SOME ROOF DAMAGE TO A 
RESTAURANT, DAMAGED A BILLBOARD AND COLLAPSED A CELLULAR SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS
 TOWER.

TIMBER DAMAGE OCCURRED NORTHEAST OF U.S. HIGHWAY 280 ALONG LEE COUNTY ROAD 298.
THE TORNADO MOVED MORE TO THE RIGHT AND AFFECTED AREAS ALONG LEE COUNTY ROAD 
318 AND 319 WHERE SOME ROOF DAMAGE TO HOMES OCCURRED AND MUCH IN THE WAY OF
TIMBER DAMAGE RESULTED. A TREE FELL AND CRUSHED AN OUTBUILDING AND A SINGLE-WIDE
MANUFACTURED HOME LOST PORTIONS OF ITS ROOF. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST FROM 
THIS POINT TOWARD THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER WHERE IT CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE TO SOME 
HOUSES NEAR THE RIVER AND DOWNED A METAL HIGH-TENSION POWER LINE TOWER. THE 
TORNADO CROSSED THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND CONTINUED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN 
GEORGIA. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 26.73 MILES LONG AND WAS 1600 YARDS WIDE 
AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

.TORNADO #2  DAVISVILLE TO CORBETT CROSSROAD TORNADO (MACON & LEE
COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  29.15 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   1300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             03/03/2019 
START TIME:             2:27 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 ESE LIVERPOOL
START LAT/LON:          32.3455 / -85.7356

END DATE:               03/03/2019
END TIME:               2:57 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 S GRIFFEN MILL
END LAT/LON:            32.4914 / -85.2738 

SURVEY SUMMARY: 
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE MOUNT ANDREW COMMUNITY, ALONG
MORGAN RUSSEL ROAD. THIS LOCATION IS ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH OF 
TUSKEGEE. THE DAMAGE WAS RELATIVELY WEAK AND CONFINED TO TREE 
DAMAGE AS THE TORNADO ROUGHLY PARALLELED MORGAN RUSSEL ROAD AND 
THEN CROSSED GAUTIER STREET. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON A 
NORTHEASTWARD TRAJECTORY AND STRENGTHENED AS IT APPROACHED US 
HIGHWAY 29. THE MOST CONCENTRATED AND HIGHEST DAMAGE OCCURRED IN
THIS LOCATION. SEVERAL STANDS OF TREES WERE COMPLETELY MOWED DOWN,
WITH NONE LEFT STANDING. MANY THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE DOWNED IN AND
NEAR THIS SPOT. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 10, RED ROAD,
AND COUNTY ROAD 71. MANY HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE DOWNED ALONG THIS
PART OF THE DAMAGE PATH. AS THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS COUNTY ROAD 24,
FITZPATRICK ROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 91, NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED, 
SEVERAL HOMES SUFFERED VARYING DEGREES OF ROOF DAMAGE, A FEW 
OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED, AND A FARM IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS DAMAGED.
AS THIS TORNADO MOVED ACROSS US HIGHWAY 80 NORTH OF SOCIETY HILL AND 
INTO LEE COUNTY, IT ROUGHLY PARALLELED THE PATH OF THE PREVIOUS
EF-4 TORNADO, ABOUT A MILE OR SO TO THE SOUTH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST AND CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 29, COUNTY ROAD 11, CAVE MILL ROAD, 
AL HIGHWAY 51 (MARVYN PARKWAY), COUNTY ROAD 166, AND FINALLY ENDED 
NEAR COUNTY ROAD 170. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND UPROOTED 
THROUGH LEE COUNTY. MANY MOBILE HOMES AND FRAME HOMES SUFFERED VARYING 
DEGREES OF ROOF DAMAGE, SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED AND MANY 
TREES WERE DOWNED. TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE ROLLED OVER NEAR THE END OF 
THE DAMAGE PATH AND ONE PERSON WAS INJURED. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH 
WAS 29.15 MILES LONG AND WAS 1300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

.TORNADO #3  COUNTY ROAD 79 TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  6.68 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   700 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             03/03/2019 
START TIME:             3:45 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 SSW BATESVILLE
START LAT/LON:          31.9653 / -85.3392 

END DATE:               03/03/2019
END TIME:               3:55 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 SW LUGO
END LAT/LON:            31.9509 / -85.2283 

SURVEY SUMMARY: 
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR MARY C SMITH ROAD, JUST NORTH AND WEST
OF COUNTY ROAD 79. THIS LOCATION IS BETWEEN BATESVILLE AND CLAYTON. 
THE INITIAL DAMAGE WAS LIMITED TO TREES BEING SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. 
THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD AND CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 79 AND REVEREND 
CRAWFORD ROAD. ONCE AGAIN, THERE WERE NUMEROUS TREES SNAPPED AND 
UPROOTED IN THESE AREAS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED JUST 
EAST OF REVEREND CRAWFORD ROAD, WHERE ALL TREES IN A LARGE AREA WERE
COMPLETELY MOWED DOWN. ADDITIONALLY, A LARGE WOODEN DOUBLE POWER
POLE WAS ALSO KNOCKED DOWN. THIS AREA IS STILL UNDER EVALUATION. AT
THIS POINT, THE TORNADO TURNED TO THE RIGHT, AN EAST SOUTHEAST DIRECTION,
EVENTUALLY LIFTING BETWEEN OLD BATESVILLE ROAD AND LUGO. HUNDREDS OF
ADDITIONAL TREES WERE DAMAGED AT THIS POINT. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH
WAS 6.68 MILES LONG AND WAS 700 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

.TORNADO #4 WEEDON FIELD TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 130 
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 4.20 MILES 
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 600 YARDS 
FATALITIES: 0 
INJURIES: 0

START DATE:             03/03/2019 
START TIME:             3:58 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 NW OLD TOWN CREEK REC AREA
START LAT/LON:          31.9483 / -85.1537 

END DATE:               03/03/2019
END TIME:               4:03 PM CST
END LOCATION:           3 NE OLD TOWN CREEK REC AREA
END LAT/LON:            31.9485 / -85.0833 

SURVEY SUMMARY: 
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF EUFAULA, BETWEEN US 
HIGHWAY 82 AND US HIGHWAY 431. THE TORNADO STARTED AT THE VERY END
OF HIDDEN ACRES ROAD, DUE WEST OF WEEDON FIELD. AT THIS INITIAL 
POINT, SEVERAL TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND A FEW OUTBUILDINGS WERE
DAMAGED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST NORTHEAST AND CROSSED COUNTY 
ROAD 97. HERE, THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED SLIGHTLY. NUMEROUS TREES 
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, A FEW MOBILE HOMES SUFFERED DAMAGED, AND
A FEW HOMES SUFFERED SOME ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO STAYED ON ITS 
PATH AND ENTERED THE WEEDON FIELD COMPLEX. THIS IS WHERE THE MOST 
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED. NUMEROUS TREES AROUND THE COMPLEX WERE 
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. ONE HOME SUFFERED DAMAGE, SEVERAL METAL 
STRUCTURE BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED, AND SEVERAL 
AIRPLANES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD 
AND WEAKENED SLIGHTLY AFTER CROSSING US HIGHWAY 431. THE TORNADO
DAMAGED A FEW BUILDINGS AND DOWNED TREES ALONG ROSELAND DRIVE. 
SOME EVALUATION OF THE DAMAGE EAST OF US HIGHWAY 431 IS STILL 
UNDERWAY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED WALTER F GEORGE RESERVOIR 
(CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER) AND INTO GEORGIA WHERE IT WAS STILL
PRODUCING DAMAGE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 4.20 MILES LONG AND 
WAS 600 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. 

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